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JERUSALEM (AP) — Visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron gave Israel a welcome boost of support from Europe Wednesday in a warm address its parliament, vowing to stand by Israel in opposing a nuclear Iran, combating Islamic extremism and rejecting boycott attempts against the Jewish state.
Posted on 12 March 2014 | 4:57 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani held talks with the leader of the nearby sultanate of Oman on Wednesday, his first official trip to an Arab country since taking office last year.
Posted on 12 March 2014 | 4:53 pm
UN chief Ban Ki-moon strongly criticised Iran Wednesday for doing too little to improve its human rights record, noting more executions, the detention of regime opponents and discrimination against women. The United Nations' concerns about rights violations in the Islamic republic include "amputations, flogging, increased application of the death penalty, arbitrary detention and unfair trials," Ban said in a new report. The UN secretary general among other things called for "the immediate release" of two opposition leaders, Mehdi Karoubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, and for "their urgent and adequate access to medical care." They have both been denied medical care despite suffering serious health problems, Ban said in his report, which is to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council on March 26.
Posted on 12 March 2014 | 4:38 pm
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday held talks with Oman's leaders in Muscat during a visit aimed at boosting ties and easing tension with other Gulf states, including regional heavyweight Saudi. Kicking off the two-day visit to Oman, Iran's longtime ally in the Gulf, Rouhani went staright into a meeting at Alam palace with Sultan Qaboos, who has acted as an intermediary between Western countries and the Islamic republic. The two leaders discussed "bilateral cooperation" and "building good relations", Oman's official ONA news agency said of the meeting.
Posted on 12 March 2014 | 4:33 pm
Britain will stand firm against attempts to delegitimise or boycott Israel, Prime Minister David Cameron told MPs in Jerusalem on Wednesday, shortly before Palestinian militants fired at least 25 rockets at the Jewish state. Speaking at the outset of a two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, Cameron gave a 20-minute address to the parliament, pledging "rock solid" support for Israel's security and expressing "deep scepticism" over Iran's nuclear intentions in a speech which checked all the right boxes and won him sustained applause. His visit however was quickly overshadowed by events on the ground, with an Israeli security source reporting that at least 25 rockets fired from Gaza had landed in Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged in the wake of the rocket fire to act "very forcefully" against anyone seeking to harm Israel.
Posted on 12 March 2014 | 4:16 pm
President Bashar al-Assad visited displaced Syrians in the town of Adra on Wednesday, state media said, in a rare public appearance outside the heart of Damascus. State television said Assad inspected a shelter for people displaced by fighting in Adra, which lies about 12 miles northeast of central Damascus and was partly captured by rebels three months ago. A picture on the presidency's Twitter account showed Assad, in a dark jacket and white shirt, talking to a group of women at a building identified as the Dweir shelter. Syrian television said Assad was "listening to their needs" and told them that the state would continue "to secure basic necessities for the displaced until they can return to their homes in Adra and elsewhere".
Posted on 12 March 2014 | 3:37 pm
By William James JERUSALEM (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron denounced Iran's government as a "despotic regime" in a speech to Israel's parliament on Wednesday and accused Tehran of making "despicable" efforts to arm Palestinian militants. His address to the Knesset was staunchly pro-Israeli, and he delighted his hosts by claiming Jewish ancestral roots and talking tough on Iran, which is in negotiations with world powers on curbing its contested nuclear ambitions. "I share your deep skepticism and great concern about Iran," Cameron said. "I am not starry eyed about the new regime," he added, referring to the election last year of President Hassan Rouhani, seen as a relative moderate in Iran.
Posted on 12 March 2014 | 3:30 pm
By Martin Santa and Luke Baker BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union member states have agreed the wording of sanctions on Russia, including travel restrictions and asset freezes against those responsible for violating the sovereignty of Ukraine, according to a draft document reviewed by Reuters. The seven-page document describes in detail the restrictive measures to be taken against Moscow if it does not reverse course in Crimea and start to engage with international mediators on efforts to resolve the crisis. If approved by EU foreign ministers at a meeting on Monday, they would be the first sanctions imposed by the European Union against Russia since the end of the Cold War, marking a severe deterioration in East-West relations. The measures are being coordinated with the United States, Switzerland, Turkey, Japan and Canada, an effort to ensure the sanctions net is as tight and effective as possible.
Posted on 12 March 2014 | 2:23 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Hard-liners in Iran have protested in front of Austrian Embassy over European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton meeting activists on a recent trip to the Islamic Republic.
Posted on 12 March 2014 | 2:10 pm
Iran hosted a rival version of a "Friends of Syria" conference on Wednesday, convening lawmakers from allies around the world to push for a diplomatic solution to Syria's civil war and lambaste alleged Western interference. Iran is a longtime ally of President Bashar al-Assad, whose minority Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam, providing him with financial, military and moral support as he battles rebels trying to overthrow him. The one-day meeting appeared to mirror a series of "Friends of Syria" conferences in which Western and Arab nations pledged political and financial support for the rebels and for the millions of Syrians driven from their homes by the war. At the conference in Tehran, attended by legislators from Russia, Algeria, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Cuba and Venezuela, Iran's parliament speaker challenged Syrian rebels to put down their weapons and seek to oust Assad at the ballot box.
Posted on 12 March 2014 | 1:55 pm
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Britain's Cameron puts Iran on guard, sets out support for Israel
His address to the Knesset was staunchly pro-Israeli, and he delighted his hosts by claiming Jewish ancestral roots and talking tough on Iran, which is in negotiations with world powers on curbing its contested nuclear ambitions. "I share your deep …
Cameron attacks 'despicable' Iran over missile shipmentsTelegraph.co.uk
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Posted on 12 March 2014 | 3:33 pm
Controlled by Iran, the deadly militia recruiting Iraq's men to die in Syria
Its earliest incarnation – stealth tactics and the denial of responsibilty for attacks – was straight from the playbook of Suleimani, an elusive Iranian general whose influence over Iran's strategic interests has grown sharply in the past 10 years. The …
Posted on 12 March 2014 | 3:22 pm
Iran Makes Father of 19 Kids Hero as Nation Ages With Low Income
Births in Iran dropped to 1.6 children per woman in 2012 from 6.4 kids three decades earlier, United Nations data show. The rate fell below that needed to prevent the population shrinking after Iran, its finances bled by a 1980s war with neighbor Iraq …
Rouhani has not increased freedoms in Iran, UN chief saysReuters
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Posted on 12 March 2014 | 1:29 pm
Working With Iran on Syria
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Iran is likewise adamant that Mr. Assad not be forced out, but its broader attitude toward the United States is cautiously warming, as demonstrated by productive talks on nuclear issues. Furthermore, Syria's strategic and operational dependence on Iran …
Iran hosts Syria conference of Assad sympathizersJerusalem Post
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Posted on 12 March 2014 | 12:08 pm
Iran and Russia sign on to build more nuclear plants at Bushehr
Atomic Energy Organization of Iran officials and Russia's Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation negotiated and came to an agreement about the plants, said the spokesman for the AEOI. Related: Iran agrees to interim deal completely halting nuclear …
Exclusive: India to slash Iran oil imports to meet nuclear deal parameters …Reuters
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Russia agrees to help build two more nuclear power plants in IranRaw Story
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Posted on 12 March 2014 | 11:58 am
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'Modelling Iranian style': surgical alterations and the 'porn star' look
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There are few modelling agencies in Iran, so most models must go through a photographer like B.K., who runs a fashion studio from his home. His living room overflows with photographs of couture-clad women; the wings are filled with professional …
Posted on 12 March 2014 | 11:01 am
'I'm Safe': Last Status Update of Teenager on Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight
The last status update Pouria Nourmohammadi posted on his Facebook page indicated he was “feeling excited.” The 19-year-old Iranian had good reason to be: he was embarking on the first leg of a flight that would ultimately take him to Germany where his …
Mystery fake-passport holders on flight MH370 were IranianTelegraph.co.uk
Missing MH370: Iran offers help with probeThe Star Online
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Posted on 12 March 2014 | 5:25 am
Wrestling diplomacy: Ukraine vs Russia, US vs Iran
Russia will take on Ukraine. The USA will go against Iran. Amid conflict between the respective governments, the matchups are scheduled for this weekend in the 10-nation Freestyle Wrestling World Cup in Inglewood, Calif. "Wrestling's had a history of …
Wrestling diplomacy: Ukraine vs Russia, US vs Iran | USA TodayIranian
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Posted on 12 March 2014 | 12:13 am
IRAN blew up Lockerbie jet – not Libya, says defector
The Lockerbie bombing was ordered by Iran and carried out by a Syrian-based terror group, an Iranian defector has claimed. Britain's worst terror atrocity, in which 270 people died when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded above the Scottish town in December …
Lockerbie bombing 'was work of Iran, not Libya' says former spyTelegraph.co.uk
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'Iran ordered Lockerbie bombing', claims ex-Iranian intelligence officerThe Independent
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Posted on 11 March 2014 | 10:09 am
Israel attacks 'hypocrisy' of international community on Iran
Mr Netanyahu spoke as the Israeli military unveiled what it alleged was a cache of Syrian-made weapons being sent by Iran to militants in the Gaza Strip. He criticised EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who visited Tehran at the weekend, for her …
Netanyahu blasts world's 'self-deception' on Iran as intercepted weapons unveiledFox News
Netanyahu, showing seized rockets, says Iran fooling the worldReuters
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Posted on 11 March 2014 | 3:58 am