US attack submarine strikes vessel in Gulf

2013-01-11 10:58:32

A nuclear-powered US attack submarine struck a suspected fishing vessel shortly after passing through the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf on Thursday, damaging one of the submarine's periscopes but injuring no one, a Navy official said on the condition of anonymity.

Iran ready for nuclear talks with P5+1

2013-01-11 10:28:21

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Thursday that Iran is prepared for " constructive and logical" talks with the P5+1.

Iranians released in Syria's prisoner swap

2013-01-10 08:08:40

Some 48 kidnapped Iranians were released Wednesday as part of a prisoner swap between rebels and the Syrian government under the mediation of several regional countries.

Halt of Iran talks sends wrong signal: diplomat

2013-01-10 07:32:18

The pause of talks between Iran and six major international mediators has sent a wrong signal, a senior Russian diplomat said Wednesday.

Hamas, Fatah chiefs start talks on Palestinian reconciliation

2013-01-10 04:14:52

Politburo chief of Islamic Hamas movement Khaled Meshaal and Palestinian President and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas started Wednesday night their meeting here on inter- Palestinian reconciliation, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported.

US open to complete troop removal

2013-01-09 10:18:10

The Obama administration does not rule out a complete withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan after 2014, the White House said on Tuesday.

2.5m people in Syria need food assistance

2013-01-09 09:25:34

The World Food Program said that around 2.5 million people in Syria are in need of food assistance but only 1.5 million can receive supplies from the agency.

Iraqi musician to return home

2013-01-09 08:47:12

After years in exile, a master of an ancient instrument decides to bring his haunting music back to Baghdad.

Turkey deploys missiles to guard border with Syria

2013-01-09 07:25:10

Germany began sending Patriot missiles to Turkey on Tuesday as a ship carrying the equipment left the northeastern German seaport Lubeck-Travemunde for Turkey.

6 killed, 18 wounded in 2 car bombings in Iraq

2013-01-08 23:55:22

At least six people were killed and 18 others wounded in two car bomb explosions at commercial areas in the east and north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Tuesday.

Palestine refuses Israeli objection of statehood

2013-01-08 07:41:08

The Palestinian leadership refused Monday Israel's objection of using the words "State of Palestine" after its status upgrade in the United Nations.

US dismisses Assad's latest peace initiative

2013-01-07 09:22:45

The US State Department dismissed a speech by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Sunday as a meaningless attempt to retain power in his war-torn country and urged the beleaguered strongman to step down.