- 4.7-magnitude quake hits Boldaji city in central Iran
An earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale has struck the central Iranian city of Boldaji, but there have been no reports of casualties.
- Saudi prince calls for Syria militants to be given sophisticated weapons
A senior member of Saudi Arabia’s monarchy has called for militants fighting against the Syrian government to be given sophisticated weapons, including anti-aircraft weapons. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/01/25/285531/saudi-prince-calls-for-arming-militants/
- The Turkish energy minister confirmed that oil was flowing again through the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline from northern Iraq following an attack on the transit network. The separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party has claimed responsibility for similar attacks in the past, though Ankara was reluctant to point fingers for the latest incident.
- TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran completely indigenized production of gas turbo-compressors and is now among the few countries with the capability to manufacture the high-tech equipment, an Iranian official said.
- TEHRAN — A heated debate about who will be allowed to run in Iran’s presidential election has erupted five months before the vote, stoking concerns about a repeat of the protests that followed the contested 2009 poll.
- (Reuters) – The next talks between six global powers and Iran on its nuclear programme are likely to be delayed until February, a diplomat said on Friday, after European officials accused Tehran of stalling on fixing a time and place for a meeting.
- A senior Iranian official has categorically rejected allegations by Bahraini officials of Iran’s interference in the domestic affairs of the Persian Gulf kingdom.
- FALLUJA, Iraq – At least nine people were wounded on Friday when Iraqi troops opened fire in the air during clashes with Sunni protesters rallying against Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, officials and witnesses said.
- On Dec. 31, 2012, 15 separate bombing and shooting attacks struck 13 different cities and towns across Iraq. It was a bloody day at the end of a bloody year. According to U.K.-based iraqbodycount.org, in 2012 more than 4,500 civilians died as a result of violence — caused by mainly radical Sunni insurgent groups against the government of Iraq and open warfare between various factions.
- President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono again called for religious tolerance in the country, a demand that will ring hollow among members of the Sampang Shia community who are now living in destitution following the government’s failure to protect their rights.