- Iraq: Rising Number Of Birth Defects Blamed On US Weapons – Report
American ammunition may be the reason behind the mounting number of babies born with birth defects in Iraq, a study revealed.
- Ailing Iraq president leaves for treatment in Germany
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has left a Baghdad hospital and is being transferred to Germany for treatment after suffering a stroke earlier this week, his office said on Thursday.
- World Bank pledges $900 million for Iraq
The World Bank pledged $900 million to Iraq over the next four years to help it create jobs, build stronger institutions and improve social inclusion, the global development lender said in a statement on Tuesday.
- Iran coal mine collapse and blast kills 8
Iran’s official news agency says a collapse and explosion in a coal mine has killed eight workers in the country’s east.
- UN Official Lauds Iran’s Anti-Narcotic Efforts
TEHRAN (FNA)- UN Undersecretary General and Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yuri Fedotov praised Iran’s anti-narcotics efforts, and stressed that Iran is among the leading countries in the campaign against illicit drugs.
- Iran to construct world’s tallest dam: Cmdr.
A commander of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base says the base will construct the world’s tallest concrete dam, adding that preparatory work for the project has begun.
- Ex-Syria rebels risk to Australia: analyst
MUSLIMS returning to Australia after fighting in Syria could pose a national security risk, a security analyst has warned.
- Vladimir Putin calls for non-military solution to Syria crisis
Russia’s President Putin says he is concerned that the push to unseat Syrian President Bashar Assad could plunge the country even deeper into violence.
- Putin Defends Stand on Syria and Chastises U.S. on Libya Outcome
MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin on Thursday strongly defended Russia’s implacable opposition to military intervention in Syria and sharply chastised the United States for its role in toppling Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya, describing that outcome as a mistake that created chaos and ultimately led to the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens in Benghazi.
- U.N. announces $1.5 billion aid effort for Syrian refugees
(CNN) — The United Nations has launched humanitarian plans worth $1.5 billion to help ease the suffering of millions of Syrians both inside and outside the country.