- Iran to build new indigenous satellite carrier
The director of Iran’s aerospace technology development center has announced that the country will complete the building process of the indigenous satellite carrier Simorgh (Phoenix) by the end of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2013).
- India to insure oil loadings from Iran
India has announced that it will offer state-backed insurance to tankers importing crude oil from Iran in defiance of US-engineered sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
- 2 Bahrain minors in custody
The office of Bahrain’s prosecutor general said yesterday it has ordered two minors to be sent to a juvenile detention centre after they were found to have taken part in an attack on a police station.
- 67 die in Syria; rebels use tanks on air base
Syrians climb on an abandoned army tank north of the restive city of Aleppo Syrian rebels yesterday used tanks to attack a military airport northwest of Aleppo, a rebel commander said, as a human rights group reported 67 people killed in violence nationwide.
- Dozens killed, injured in Iraq in first 2 days of August
At least 41 people have been killed and dozens of others wounded across Iraq in the first two days of August, security and medical sources say.
- Iran scraps birth control and aims for a baby boom
Iran has scrapped its birth control program in a radical policy reversal intended to produce a baby boom that could more than double its population.
- Iran seeks release of its aid workers abducted in Libya
Seven members of Iran’s Red Crescent, a humanitarian group, were abducted in the eastern city of Benghazi
- Iran ‘considers supplying missiles to Taliban’
Iran has increased its support for the Taliban by allowing the militants to open an office in the country while considering the supply of surface-to-air missiles, according to Afghan and Western officials.
- Bahrain violations being reviewed by US Congress committee
Amid US Congress hearings on Bahrain, protesters face more violence despite an order from the Bahrain crown prince to security forces to use restraint
- Iraq: Turkey Accused of Interference
Iraq on Thursday accused Turkey of interfering in its internal affairs after Turkey’s foreign minister paid a surprise visit to the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, where an estimated 850,000 Kurds, Turkmen and Arabs uneasily coexist.