Tehran Times http://www.tehrantimes.com/ Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:14:40 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) The Ukraine crisis and Iran http://www.tehrantimes.com/component/content/article/52-guests/115238-the-ukraine-crisis-and-iran It may be said that the Ukraine crisis is a blessing in disguise for Tehran in the middle of the ongoing “P5+1” nuclear negotiations.  I would submit that this may not necessarily be the case.  Europeans might arguably take the rapprochement with Iran more seriously in the wake of this crisis.  Sitting on the world’s second largest natural gas reserves, Iran could transport gas to Europe via Turkey, a country with which Iran has had... Read more

By Mahmood Monshipouri Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:20:44 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/component/content/article/52-guests/115238-the-ukraine-crisis-and-iran
Assad visits recaptured Christian town of Maaloula http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115235-assad-visits-recaptured-christian-town-of-maaloula President Bashar Assad on Sunday toured a historic Christian village his forces recently captured from rebels, state media said, as the country's Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that Christians in the war-ravaged country "will not submit and yield" to extremists.
Syrian state TV and the country's official SANA news agency said Assad was in Maaloula, inspecting the damage done in recent fighting to its monasteries and churches, AP reported. 
During his visit to the village... Read more

]]> By staff & agencies Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:13:42 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115235-assad-visits-recaptured-christian-town-of-maaloula Israeli forces arrest 16 Palestinians after clashes in Quds, Nablus http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115234-israeli-forces-arrest-16-palestinians-after-clashes-in-quds-nablus Israeli police arrested 16 Palestinians on Sunday as they clashed with demonstrators at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied Quds, as Israeli forces confronted Palestinians in the West Bank.
"This morning, after the site was opened for visitors and tourists, the suspects threw rocks at the police, wounding two of them," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.
After police dispersed the crowd with sound grenades the demonstrators took shelter in the Al-Aqsa mosque, which... Read more

]]> By staff & agencies Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:12:55 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115234-israeli-forces-arrest-16-palestinians-after-clashes-in-quds-nablus Abdullah widens lead in Afghan election but short of majority http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115236-abdullah-widens-lead-in-afghan-election-but-short-of-majority Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah leads the race to become Afghanistan's next president, according to the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday, but is short of an outright majority, Reuters reported. 
Abdullah led Ashraf Ghani by 11 percentage points after half of the ballots were counted, officials said Sunday, with a run-off vote likely next month.
Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission said initial results based on almost 50 percent of the vote from... Read more

]]> By staff & agencies Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:12:52 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115236-abdullah-widens-lead-in-afghan-election-but-short-of-majority Truce broken in east Ukraine as five killed in gun attack http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115233-truce-broken-in-east-ukraine-as-five-killed-in-gun-attack Five people were killed in a gunfight in Slavyansk, a city in eastern Ukraine held by anti-government protesters, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict.
The fatalities include three protesters and two attackers, who are believed to be from the Right Sector paramilitary, according to RT. 
After the deaths, Russia questioned whether Ukraine's Western-backed government was complying with the agreement, brokered last week in Geneva, to end... Read more

]]> By staff & agencies Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:09:56 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115233-truce-broken-in-east-ukraine-as-five-killed-in-gun-attack Progress impossible without contribution of women: Rouhani http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115232-progress-impossible-without-contribution-of-women-rouhani TEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the country will not achieve progress unless due attention is given to women, though he acknowledged that there are still many shortcomings in regard to the issue of women’s rights.
“Moderation, prudence, and hope will not be established in the country without women’s contribution,” Rouhani told a gathering of women professionals in Tehran on Sunday, which was the anniversary of the birth of Hazrat Fatima (SA),... Read more

]]> Political Desk Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:09:24 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115232-progress-impossible-without-contribution-of-women-rouhani Sanctions on Iran was a wrong policy: Swiss MP http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115231-sanctions-on-iran-was-a-wrong-policy-swiss-mp TEHRAN – Imposing sanctions against Iran was a wrong policy and contrary to Switzerland’s “moderate” foreign policy, a member of the Swiss National Council Assembly said on Sunday.
Luzi Stamm, who led a six-member Swiss parliamentary delegation to Tehran, made the remarks in a meeting with Iranian Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi.
Boroujerdi praised the good relations between the two countries and said it is necessary to expand ties... Read more

]]> Political Desk Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:08:55 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115231-sanctions-on-iran-was-a-wrong-policy-swiss-mp Iranian Army unveils new defense achievements http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115230-iranian-army-unveils-new-defense-achievements- TEHRAN – New defense achievements of the Iranian Army were unveiled during a ceremony held in Tehran on Sunday. 
The Moharram machine gun, a smart composite armor, the Sabalan battle tank, the Hoveyzeh 155 mm artillery gun, and the Zoljanah superheavy tactical vehicle were the domestically designed and manufactured pieces of military hardware which were put on display in the ceremony.       
The rate of fire of the six-barrel Moharram machine gun... Read more

]]> Political Desk Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:08:24 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115230-iranian-army-unveils-new-defense-achievements- ‘Most countries cannot even dream of having Iran’s deterrence capability’ http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115228-most-countries-cannot-even-dream-of-having-irans-deterrence-capability TEHRAN – Achieving Iran’s level of deterrence capability is an unreachable dream for most countries, the deputy commander of the naval force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said on Sunday.
Alireza Tangsiri made the remarks on the sidelines of a ceremony during which a speedboat simulator was unveiled at Amiralmomenin University Complex in Isfahan.
On a question about the deterrence power of the IRGC naval force in the Persian Gulf, he said no country can... Read more

]]> Political Desk Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:06:29 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115228-most-countries-cannot-even-dream-of-having-irans-deterrence-capability Iranians soldiers are killed to prevent drug shipment to Europe: Judiciary chief http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115229-iranians-soldiers-are-killed-to-prevent-drug-shipment-to-europe-judiciary-chief
TEHRAN – Judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani said on Sunday that Iranian soldiers die in the fight against drug traffickers in order to prevent the shipment of drugs to Europe.
Instead of being thankful to Iran for its sacrifices in the fight against drug traffickers they say why capital punishment is being carried out in Iran, he said.
“They write prescription for us not to do execution, and also say that homosexuality should be free.... Read more

]]> Political Desk Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:04:04 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115229-iranians-soldiers-are-killed-to-prevent-drug-shipment-to-europe-judiciary-chief