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  • New Iranian president to improve ties

    2013-08-05 07:40

    Iran's new president, Hasan Rowhani, took the oath of office before Parliament on Sunday, starting his four-year term as Iran faces grave challenges over its sluggish economy.

  • Iran, US signal will to engage

    2013-08-05 06:39

    Iran and the United States signalled a fresh will on Sunday to seek to end the dispute over Tehran's nuclear programme.

  • Yemen enhances security over embassies

    2013-08-05 06:24

    Yemen on Sunday boosted security presence around Western embassies in the capital as precautionary measures after the United States closed its embassy in Sanaa over alert of possible al-Qaida attack.

  • Iran's new president terms Syria as 'brother' country

    2013-08-04 19:26

    New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday Iran has considered the Syrian nation as its "friend and brother" and will regard the same, semi-official Fars news agency reported.

  • US warning causes embassy closures in Muslim World

    2013-08-04 14:34

    Western countries planned to close dozens of embassies in Muslim countries temporarily upon Washington's worldwide travel alert on Friday and the subsequent Interpol global security alert Saturday.

  • Israel, Palestinians to start next round of talks

    2013-08-04 03:02

    Israeli chief negotiator for peace talks Tzipi Livni said that the next round of talks with the Palestinians will be held in Israel in the second week of August, Israel Radio reported Saturday.

  • Rouhani calls for 'Islamic unity against Israel'

    2013-08-02 19:25

    Iran's president-elect Hassan Rouhani said Friday that the Islamic world should unite to confront the "Zionist regime" of Israel.

  • Obama holds phone calls with Abbas, Netanyahu

    2013-08-02 15:20

    President Barack Obama spoke separately by phone to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as the United States seeks to keep up the momentum for peace negotiations.

  • US, Pakistan to start new chapter in relations

    2013-08-02 10:01

    The United States and Pakistan agreed on Thursday to re-establish a "full partnership", hoping to end years of animosity over US drone strikes on Pakistani soil.

  • Morsi supporters defy police warnings to disperse

    2013-08-02 08:23

    Egypt's military-backed government offered protection to supporters of Mohammed Morsi who end their two sit-ins _ widely seen as a first step toward dispersing the vigils on opposite sides of Cairo.

  • UN ready to set out for chemical weapons in Syria

    2013-08-01 15:14

    A UN inspection team is standing ready again to head for Syria to probe the alleged use of chemical weapons in the country, a long-waited breakthrough if approved by Syria.

  • Saudi blogger faces lashes for 'insulting Islam'

    2013-08-01 08:14

    The editor of a Saudi Arabian social website has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for founding an Internet forum that violates Islamic values and propagates liberal thought, Saudi media reported on Tuesday.

  • Group a building block for Africa

    An unusually heavy downpour hit Durban for two days before the BRICS summit's debut on African soil, but interest for a better platform for emerging markets were still sparked at the summit.