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7 March 2010

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High turnout in Iraq elections despite violence

High turnout in Iraq elections despite violence

Iraq’s parliamentary elections have witnessed a notable voter turnout, with Iraqis going to polling stations despite the ongoing violence in the country. Almost 20 million Iraqis cast their ballots before the polling stations closed Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, violent attacks claimed... (Continue reading)

Iran slams Canada support for Israeli war crimes

Iran deplores Canada’s move to vote against a UN-backed resolution extending the deadline for a full and credible probe into Israeli war crimes during its last year assault on Gaza. “During the tenure of [Canadian Prime Minister Stephen] Harper, Canada... (Continue reading)

1,000 days of Israeli siege killed 500 Gazans

The Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip has so far resulted in the death of 500 Palestinians, says a Palestinian lawmaker as the siege enters its 1,000th day. Jamal al-Khudari, Palestinian legislator said most of the mortalities had been caused... (Continue reading)

World powers will fail to agree on Iran sanctions

Iran says world powers will fail to reach a consensus on imposing new sanctions against Iran over the country’s nuclear program. “Since the principle of sanctions lacks the legal and logical basis regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s basic right... (Continue reading)

Larijani slams Italy for Iran journalist arrest

Larijani slams Italy for Iran journalist arrest

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on Sunday strongly criticized the Italian government for the arrest of an accredited television journalist for alleged arms sales to Tehran. Larijani said Italian authorities are responsible for the mistreatment of Hamid Masouminejad, who was detained... (Continue reading)

Ahmadinejad to discuss Afghanistan in Kabul

Ahmadinejad to discuss Afghanistan in Kabul

Iran’s president is expected to discuss the problems facing Afghanistan with Kabul officials during a Monday visit to the war-torn country. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will meet with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai during his one-day visit to Kabul, Mehr News agency... (Continue reading)

Larijani blames US for attacks during Iraq elections

As Iraqi people prepare to cast their ballots in a key parliamentary election, Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani warns against US interference in the voting process. Speaking on the morrow of a deadly blast which killed at least four... (Continue reading)

China blames Washington for deteriorating ties

Beijing blames the soured Sino-US relations on Washington policies in the region, insisting better ties are possible should the US respect China’s interest. “The responsibility for the difficulties in China-US relations does not lie with China,” Chinese Foreign Minister Yang... (Continue reading)

China ready to say goodbye to dollar

China ready to say goodbye to dollar

The head of China’s Central Bank has declared that the country is ready to end pegging its currency in dollars, but said that any changes would be gradual. Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the People’s Bank of China, described the decision... (Continue reading)

24 Iraqis killed in terror attacks since polls opened

24 Iraqis killed in terror attacks since polls opened

At least 24 Iraqis have been killed and dozens of others wounded in Baghdad as rains of mortar and rocket attacks started hitting the country since polling stations opened early Sunday. Sixteen people were killed when two buildings in the... (Continue reading)

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