Tehran Times http://www.tehrantimes.com/ Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:15:35 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Water shortage: A food security issue for the region http://www.tehrantimes.com/oped/118094-water-shortage-a-food-security-issue-for-the-region Water scarcity is one of the most alarming food security issues for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Particularly given that the availability of fresh water is to fall 50% by 2050, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).
 
MENA countries are suffering from extreme water scarcity, with per capital water supply below the 1200 cubic meters per year. Moreover, with the population expected to grow from 300... Read more

]]> By Shahab Khatibi Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:26:55 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/oped/118094-water-shortage-a-food-security-issue-for-the-region Grand ayatollah says not opposed to new technologies http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/118089-grand-ayatollah-says-not-opposed-to-new-technologies
TEHRAN –
Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi has said that not only he is not opposed to new technologies, but he believes that using modern technologies is a must. 
 
“It should not be assumed by some people that we are against these technologies. But the Western technology is like muddy and unsanitary water. Water is the lifeblood, but when it gets murky... Read more

]]> Political Desk Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:02:55 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/118089-grand-ayatollah-says-not-opposed-to-new-technologies Rouhani created greater cohesion between three branches of govt.: VP http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/118088-rouhani-created-greater-cohesion-between-three-branches-of-govt-vp TEHRAN – Iran’s vice president for parliamentary affairs said on Saturday that President Hassan Rouhani has succeeded in creating greater proximity between the heads of the three branches of government since he took office last year.
 
At a ceremony in Isfahan, Vice President Majid Ansari said the sitting government will stay the course and will avoid becoming involved in marginal issues. 
 
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Ex-oil minister summoned to court over sub-standard gasoline http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/118087-ex-oil-minister-summoned-to-court-over-sub-standard-gasoline-
TEHRAN – A former oil minister has been summoned to a court to answer allegations about sub-standard and low quality gasoline produced during his tenure under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
 
The oil minister’s name was not revealed.
 
Recently the Health Ministry, Department of Environment, and Majlis submitted their reports to the court about sub-standard fuel produced in petrochemical plants and subsequent air pollution. 
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Political Desk Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:58:50 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/118087-ex-oil-minister-summoned-to-court-over-sub-standard-gasoline-
Iran, U.S. won’t discuss bilateral relations: Araqchi http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/118086-iran-us-wont-discuss-bilateral-relations-araqchi
TEHRAN – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi says Tehran is not seeking to discuss bilateral relations with Washington during negotiations over the country’s nuclear program.   
 
Iran is holding talks with all the members of the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany), including the United States, ahead of the November 24 deadline, Araqchi said in an interview... Read more

]]> Political Desk Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:51:48 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/118086-iran-us-wont-discuss-bilateral-relations-araqchi U.S. forces in Persian Gulf must speak Persian: Iranian admiral http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/118085-us-forces-in-persian-gulf-must-speak-persian-iranian-admiral-
TEHRAN – U.S. naval forces in the Persian Gulf are obligated to speak in Persian in their radio communications with Iranian forces, according to the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Naval Force.
 
“We have declared to U.S. warships in the region that they should speak Persian in their radio communications with IRGC naval forces, and they have agreed to do so,”... Read more

]]> Political Desk Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:50:13 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/118085-us-forces-in-persian-gulf-must-speak-persian-iranian-admiral- Normalization of Iran-EU ties will benefit entire world: Finnish FM http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/118083-normalization-of-iran-eu-ties-will-benefit-entire-world-finnish-fm Read more

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Political Desk Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:34:20 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/118083-normalization-of-iran-eu-ties-will-benefit-entire-world-finnish-fm
Iran expects reciprocity in nuclear talks: Rouhani http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/118082-iran-expects-reciprocity-in-nuclear-talks-rouhani
TEHRAN Iran will pursue the nuclear talks with the 5+1 group in sincerity on the condition that the six major powers seek to build confidence and act in line with international law with more transparency, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday.
 
In a meeting with Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja in Tehran, Rouhani said, “Iran has always tried to hold serious,... Read more

]]> Political Desk Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:28:15 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/118082-iran-expects-reciprocity-in-nuclear-talks-rouhani ‘A commitment to Geneva deal is catalyst to success of nuclear talks’ http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/118081-a-commitment-to-geneva-deal-is-catalyst-to-success-of-nuclear-talks-

TEHRAN – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi says a commitment to the interim Geneva nuclear deal will serve as a key to success of nuclear talks.
 
Araqchi, who is a senior nuclear negotiator, made the remarks in an interview with the al-Mayadeen news channel, the Mehr news agency reported on Sunday.
 
Based on the interim nuclear deal, which was... Read more

]]> Political Desk Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:26:02 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/118081-a-commitment-to-geneva-deal-is-catalyst-to-success-of-nuclear-talks- U.S. double standards not acceptable, Iranian nuclear negotiator says http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/118080-us-double-standards-not-acceptable-iranian-nuclear-negotiator-says
TEHRAN A senior member of the Iranian nuclear negotiating team has reacted to U.S. new sanctions measures against Tehran, saying the U.S. “double standard approach” is not acceptable.
 
Majid Takht-Ravanchi stated that on one side the U.S. claims that it is interested in resolving the nuclear issue with Iran and on the other side it takes such actions which are unacceptable by Iran and... Read more

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