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26 August 2009 9:10

Premier-elect Saad Hariri rebuffs interventions in Lebanon's cabinet formation, stressing Hezbollah will be part of the new government even if Israel does not like it. Speaking at an Iftar reception on Tuesday night, Hariri highlighted the significance of involving all Lebanese factions in the new cabinet as Lebanon's national interests required so. "The national unity government will include the (ruling) March 14...

24 August 2009 17:05

As Tehran summons the Argentine charge d'affaires to protest condemnation of Iran's defense minister-designate, Argentina calls for the arrest of the Iranian general, Ahmad Vahid. Mario Enrique Quinteros was summoned to the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Monday after a statement by the Argentine Foreign Ministry condemned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's defense minister choice. The Foreign Ministry said the latest moves by Buenos Aires...

24 August 2009 15:00

Nearly a month after former Iranian intelligence minister Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei was dismissed from his post, Iran's Judiciary appoints him as the country's general prosecutor. In a meeting between the newly-appointed Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani and the country's Supreme Court judges, Mohseni-Ejei replaced former General Prosecutor Qorban-Ali Dori-Najafabadi. After consultations with the judges, the Judiciary with a majority vote picked Mohseni-Ejei as...

24 August 2009 10:17

More than 100 Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) countries have welcomed Iran's involvement to vote on a proposal, which bans attacks on nuclear installations. “More than 100 NAM members supported Iran's proposal to be presented at the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) general conference in September,” Fars news agency quoted Iran's IAEA envoy Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh as saying on Monday. Soltaniyeh also pointed out that...

24 August 2009 9:53

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Qashqavi has condemned Wednesday's deadly bomb attacks in Baghdad that killed 97 people and left 585 others wounded. “Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki sympathized with the Iraqi government and nation and condemned the terrorist act in a telephone conversation with his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari,” Qashqavi told reporters at his weekly press conference on Monday. “Mottaki and...

24 August 2009 9:00

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Qashqavi says Tehran believes 'political solutions' can resolve problems in Yemen, adding that bloodshed should not be an option. “We have good relations with Yemen and believe that the incidents in the northwestern Saada province are among Yemen's internal affairs,” Qashqavi said at his weekly press conference on Monday. “The conflict can be resolved through political solutions,”...

24 August 2009 7:27

Iran has taken a swipe at Germany over calling for sanctions on Iran's energy sector, saying that sanctions won't prevent Tehran from pursuing its legal rights. “Experience has proved that sanctions are futile and won't prevent Iran from pursuing its legal rights,” Qashqavi said at his weekly press conference on Monday. “In fact, many countries have condemned anti-Iran sanctions,” he further added...

23 August 2009 18:34

An Iranian diplomat has accused the US, Israel and Ba'athists of collaboration with terrorist groups in the recent bombings which killed nearly 100 people in Baghdad. "The Zionist regime basically opposes restoration of stability and security in Iraq. Therefore, the agents and movements affiliated to the regime are responsible for some of the current insecurity in Iraq," the Iranian Ambassador...

23 August 2009 16:30

Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) has killed 26 Kurdish rebels in a massive crackdown against the terrorist group in the northwestern parts of the country. “In an operation to clean up Kurdistan and West Azerbaijan Provinces of anti-revolutionary and terrorist groups, 26 of the elements of these groups were killed,” said Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the IRGC ground forces. Pakpour said the...

23 August 2009 16:26

A majority of Iranian lawmakers have approved a bill that will fund a program intended to expose “breaches of human rights” in the US. In a vote on Sunday, the parliamentarians voted by a margin of 189 to 21 to pass the bill which will allocate $20 million toward the efforts, reported the Iranian Labor News Agency. "The Americans have repeatedly approved...

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