Kerry: We are negotiating to have agreement, not to extend it
Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear energy program entered their fifth day in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on Friday as diplomats emphasized on a deal before a November 24 deadline.
Gas output to increase to 44 bcm next year
Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said that Iran’s total gas output will increase to some 44 billion cubic meters (bcm) in the next year.
Asia-Pacific ministers adopt declaration on gender equality
The Asian and the Pacific ministerial declaration on advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment was unanimously adopted in the Thai capital Bangkok Thursday.
Japan PM dissolves parliament’s lower house
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament’s lower house on Friday for a snap election on Dec. 14, seeking a fresh mandate for his struggling “Abenomics” revival strategy just two years after he returned to power promising that “Japan is Back”.
Clashes as thousands of Mexicans protest massacre
A demonstration in Mexico City turned violent on Thursday after thousands took to the streets demanding that authorities find 43 missing college students.
Envoy: Iran favors secure, stable Afghanistan
Iran says it favors a secure, stable and progressing Afghanistan, urging all Afghan political groups to work for a better future for the country.
Iranian-Canadian blogger released
An Iranian-Canadian blogger who was sentenced to 19 years in prison on charges of spreading propaganda, insulting Islam and co-operating with hostile powers has been released.
Intensive nuclear talks in Vienna
Iran and the 5+1 group wrapped up the fourth day of nuclear nego- tiations over Iran’s nuclear energy program in Vienna on Friday, as the November 24 deadline to seal a final accord approaches.
Nobody wins if nuclear talks fail: arms control expert
Kelsey Davenport, the director for nonproliferation policy at the Arms Control Association, says a ﬁnal nuclear deal will meet the interests of Iran and the six major powers.
Iran says will double oil exports in two months if sanctions end
Iran will double its oil exports within two months if sanctions against it end, Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said.
U.S. to send new troops to Iraq even before Congress OKs funds
Some of the 1,500 new U.S. troops authorized to advise and train Iraqi forces in their ﬁght against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants will deploy to the country in the next few weeks without wait- ing for Congress to fund the mission, the Pentagon said on Thursday.
Turkish PM Davutoglu meets Iraq’s Kurdish leaders
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davu- toglu has met with leaders in Iraq’s Kurdistan capital of Erbil, his second stop in the violence-plagued coun- try after Baghdad, as he continues the bond-building visit.
Kerry insists U.S. and Iran will reach nuclear deal before Monday deadline
The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, arrived at nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna on Thursday, insisting negotiators were focused on reaching agreement by the Monday deadline, the Guardian reported.
NAM reaffirms NPT signatories’ right to nuclear technology
The Non-Aligned Move- ment has reaﬃrmed the “undeni- able right” of all NPT signatories to nuclear technol- ogy for peaceful purposes.1
Tehran says seeks a secure and stable Afghanistan
Iran’s envoy to the UN has said that Tehran seeks a “se- cure” and “stable” Afghanistan.
Larijani says there’s good chance for nuclear deal if other side be ‘fair’
Iranian Majlis Speak- er Ali Larijani said on Friday that the situation is ripe for a nuclear agreement between Iran and the 5+1 group (the ﬁve perma- nent members of the UN Security Council and Germany).
Ayatollah Jannati urges nuclear negotiators to resist ‘illegal demands’
A senior Iranian cleric has urged the Iranian negotiating team to resist the 5+1 group’s “illegal demands” by trusting in the Almighty God.