Middle Orient

London decision on Iran unwise and cruel: Rafsanjani

Tehran Times Political Desk TEHRAN — “The decision about IranÂ’s nuclear dossier at the London conference was quite unwise and cruel” said the Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani here on Wednesday. The foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany, who met on the …

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Majlis asserts Iran must not submit to bullying

Tehran Times Political Desk TEHRAN – 211 MPs in a letter on Wednesday warned the government not to submit to the bullying of world powers over the countryÂ’s nuclear program. Parts of the letter which was read out by a member of the Majlis Presiding Board Hossien Nejabat in the …

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Majlis asserts Iran must not submit to bullying

Tehran Times Political Desk TEHRAN – 211 MPs in a letter on Wednesday warned the government not to submit to the bullying of world powers over the countryÂ’s nuclear program. Parts of the letter which was read out by a member of the Majlis Presiding Board Hossien Nejabat in the …

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Presidents of Iran and South Africa hold phone talks

TEHRAN (IRNA) — Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad and his South African counterpart, Thabo Mbeki, in a telephone conversation on Wednesday, underlined the importance of cooperation among Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) countries. President Ahmadinejad, over phone, expressed his gratitude for the statement issued by NAM countries in defense of Iran’s undeniable right …

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Presidents of Iran and South Africa hold phone talks

TEHRAN (IRNA) — Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad and his South African counterpart, Thabo Mbeki, in a telephone conversation on Wednesday, underlined the importance of cooperation among Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) countries. President Ahmadinejad, over phone, expressed his gratitude for the statement issued by NAM countries in defense of Iran’s undeniable right …

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Swedish, Norwegian ambassadors summoned to Foreign Ministry

Tehran Times Political Desk TEHRAN – The Swedish and Norwegian ambassadors to Tehran were summoned to the foreign ministry on Wednesday over the recent publication of offensive cartoons of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in a Swedish paper. Mohammad-Reza Karshenas, Foreign Ministry official in charge of Central and Northern European affairs, underlined …

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India, China and Indonesia: Iran nuclear dossier should be resolved diplomatically

NEW DELHI (IRNA) — Just a day ahead of the crucial meeting of the IAEA in Vienna, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chinese foreign minister Li Zhaoxing, and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that Iran’s nuclear issue should be resolved diplomatically. “I still believe that this is a matter …

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Military attack against Iran would generate strong public support

WASHINGTON (The Brookings Institution) — Iran’s decision to resume nuclear activities is a direct challenge to the United States and Europe. Recently, the new Iranian government of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad resumed research and development activities that had been suspended during the talks with the Europeans, still saying that its nuclear …

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Hamas and the P.N.A. Face Difficult Times Ahead

The victory of the militant Islamic group Hamas in the Palestinian parliamentary elections held on January 25, 2006 raises many questions. Both the Palestinians and the international community are entering unchartered and turbulent waters. At least in the immediate future, there is less likelihood for a meaningful peace process. The …

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Kuwait’s new emir takes oath of office

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah took the oath of office Sunday, becoming the first emir of this oil-rich US ally to ascend to power on the approval of parliament rather than merely the internal decision of the ruling family. The emir, 76, swore to uphold …

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