News: 17-Mar-14

  1. Brahimi in Tehran to Discuss Syrian Crisis
    TEHRAN (FNA)- UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi arrived in Tehran on Sunday to discuss the situation in Syria with senior Iranian officials.
  2. Bahraini Court Sentences Cleric to 3 Years
    TEHRAN (FNA)- A Bahraini court sentenced Sayed Kamil Al Hashimi, a Bahraini Shiite cleric, to 3 years for reasons related to freedom of expression.
  3. Death toll in Syria-fuelled fighting in Lebanon’s Tripoli reaches 10
    (Reuters) – The death toll from three days of fighting between members of two Muslim sects in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli rose to 10 on Saturday, security and medical sources said, in violence stoked by the civil war in neighboring Syria.
  4. Syrian forces fully control rebel stronghold near Lebanon
    (Reuters) – Syrian forces backed by Hezbollah militants took full control of the town of Yabroud on Sunday after driving out rebels, helping President Bashar al-Assad secure the land route connecting the capital Damascus with Aleppo and the Mediterranean coast.
  5. Iran’s Zarif expects ‘tougher’ round of nuclear talks with world powers
    (Reuters) – Iran’s foreign minister said on Sunday he expects a more difficult round of nuclear talks with six world powers as the two sides try to iron out details such as Iran’s Arak heavy water reactor and levels of uranium enrichment.
  6. Iran pursuing banned items for nuclear, missile work: U.S. official
    (Reuters) – Iran has pursued a longstanding effort to buy banned components for its nuclear and missile programs in recent months, a U.S. official said on Sunday, a period when it struck an interim deal with major powers to limit its disputed atomic activity.
  7. Herdsmen kill 100 in attacks on Nigerian villages
    (Reuters) – Gunmen shot, hacked and burned to death at least 100 people and razed homes in central Nigeria, a region riven by disputes over land, religion and ethnicity, local officials and witnesses said on Sunday.
  8. Militants attack Iraq anti-Qaeda leader, kill four
    SAMARRA, Iraq: Heavily-armed militants attacked the home of an anti-Qaeda militiaman north of Baghdad Sunday, killing and decapitating his wife and two sons and killing another person in a brutal pre-dawn assault.
  9. Iran’s grounded planes to resume their flights
    Iran’s Deputy Road Minister for Aviation Affairs, Ali Mohammad Nourian said till now Iran was unable to use its 130 planes because of international sanctions imposed on it, Mehr News Agency reported on March 16.

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