Tehran Times http://www.tehrantimes.com/ Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:28:54 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Israel violates humanitarian ceasefire as death toll tops 1500 http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/117344-israel-violates-humanitarian-ceasefire-as-death-toll-tops-1500 Palestinian media sources said on Friday that Israeli occupation forces violated the truce in Gaza Strip by bombing a number of areas to the east of Rafah and Gaza towns, claiming more Palestinians’ lives.
 
The Israeli army said one of its soldiers had been captured in Gaza on Friday, officially ending a ceasefire which had already been shattered mere hours after it had begun.
 
Gaza officials say at least 1,509 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have... Read more

]]> By staff & agencies Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:53:35 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/117344-israel-violates-humanitarian-ceasefire-as-death-toll-tops-1500 Peshmerga must return Iraq's weapons, Maliki's coalition demands http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/117343-peshmerga-must-return-iraqs-weapons-malikis-coalition-demands The State of Law Coalition of outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki called on the new President Fuad Masum to reclaim the northern territory and gain control of the arms seized by the Peshmerga forces in the province of Kirkuk after the withdrawal of the Iraqi army in June.
 
In a statement to the Anadolu news agency, leader of the coalition and Member of Parliament Abboud Al-Issawi said that it is the new... Read more

]]> By staff & agencies Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:53:33 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/117343-peshmerga-must-return-iraqs-weapons-malikis-coalition-demands Tourism key to job creation, economic growth: fin min http://www.tehrantimes.com/economy-and-business/117342-tourism-key-to-job-creation-economic-growth-fin-min- TEHRAN – Iranian Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Ali Tayyebnia says the administration of President Hassan Rouhani believes that the promotion of tourism is the key to job creation and economic growth.
 
Ecotourism and medical tourism are the top priorities, the IRNA news agency quoted Tayyebnia as saying on Thursday.
 
One of the main prerequisites is the expansion of hotels and the improvement of accommodation and recreation services, he added.
 
The government is planning to... Read more

]]> Economic Desk Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:32:46 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/economy-and-business/117342-tourism-key-to-job-creation-economic-growth-fin-min- ISIL is best gift to Israel: Jumblatt http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117341-isil-is-best-gift-to-israel-jumblatt- TEHRAN Walid Jumblatt, the leader of Lebanon’s Druze community, has said the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is the “greatest gift” to Israel, a Lebanese newspaper reported on Friday.
 
In an interview with the Beirut-based newspaper As-Safir, Jumblatt, who is also the leader of the Progressive Socialist Party, said if ISIL is not destroyed, its “ideology” will also spread to Lebanon.
 
He also dismissed speculation that there... Read more

]]> Political Desk Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:32:43 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117341-isil-is-best-gift-to-israel-jumblatt- Leader urges Muslim world to help people of Gaza http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117340-leader-urges-muslim-world-to-help-people-of-gaza- TEHRAN – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has urged the Muslim world to take measures to help the people of Gaza who have come under an intense attack by the Zionist regime of Israel. 
 
The Leader made the remarks in a speech delivered on Tuesday during a meeting with a number of government officials and ambassadors of Muslim countries in Iran. The meeting was held on the occasion... Read more

]]> Political Desk Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:32:09 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117340-leader-urges-muslim-world-to-help-people-of-gaza- Iran says no agreement yet on Arak and Fordo nuclear sites http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117339-iran-says-no-agreement-yet-on-arak-and-fordo-nuclear-sites TEHRAN – A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator has said that Iran and the major powers have not reached any agreement on the Arak heavy-water reactor and the Fordo uranium enrichment facility in their talks on Tehran’s nuclear program. 
 
“No agreement has been reached on any issues that are being discussed, including Arak and Fordo, and differences have not been resolved yet,” Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Thursday in response to U.S.... Read more

]]> Political Desk Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:30:58 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117339-iran-says-no-agreement-yet-on-arak-and-fordo-nuclear-sites U.S. is main violator of religious rights: Iran http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117338-us-is-main-violator-of-religious-rights-iran TEHRAN – The Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that the growing trend of Islamophobia, systemic discrimination against Muslims and restriction on religious minorities’ freedom in the U.S. have made the country the main violator of religious rights.
 
The response came in reaction to the U.S. State Department’s report in which it was claimed that in Iran officials threatened, detained, and harassed members of almost all non-Shia religious groups.
 
“Countries such as Saudi Arabia,... Read more

]]> Political Desk Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:19:22 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117338-us-is-main-violator-of-religious-rights-iran Palestinian resistance will never be disarmed: Quds Force chief http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117337-palestinian-resistance-will-never-be-disarmed-quds-force-chief TEHRAN – The Commander of Iran’s Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, has issued a statement stating that the call for disarmament of the Palestinian resistance movement is a ‘false illusion which will be buried’, Al Mayadeen TV network reported on Wednesday. 
 
The statement by the Quds Force commander came as Israel and some of its Western allies have called for disarmament of Hamas and other Palestinian resistance groups. In a telephone conversation with Zionist... Read more

]]> Political Desk Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:19:20 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117337-palestinian-resistance-will-never-be-disarmed-quds-force-chief Austrian president to visit Iran http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117335-austrian-president-to-visit-iran- TEHRAN – Austrian President Heinz Fischer will reportedly pay a visit to Iran after the November deadline for nuclear negotiations between Tehran and the six world powers, Press TV reported.
 
Fischer’s pre-planned visit to Iran has been delayed due to the extension of nuclear talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany, the Austrian news agency APA... Read more

]]> Political Desk Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:18:15 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117335-austrian-president-to-visit-iran- Iran will not include ballistic missiles in nuclear deal: ex-Obama advisor http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117336-iran-will-not-include-ballistic-missiles-in-nuclear-deal-ex-obama-advisor TEHRAN – Robert Einhorn, the former advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama on arms control, has said that the Iranian ballistic missiles will not be part of a nuclear agreement between Tehran and the world powers.
 
In a Wednesday discussion with the Israel Policy Forum in Washington, Einhorn said that the Iranian position is that this negotiation is about the nuclear issue, not about the missile issue, RIA Novosti reported. 
 
“I think this could... Read more

]]> Political Desk Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:17:48 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117336-iran-will-not-include-ballistic-missiles-in-nuclear-deal-ex-obama-advisor