Tehran Times http://www.tehrantimes.com/ Fri, 25 Apr 2014 03:26:05 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Bahrain sentences 12 protesters to life in prison http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115311-bahrain-sentences-12-protesters-to-life-in-prison A Bahraini court has sentenced 12 anti-regime protesters to life in prison as pressure on dissidents mounts in the Persian Gulf country.
According to reports on Tuesday, the Bahraini court sentenced others to 15 years in prison with a fine of 1000 Bahraini dinars.
The court convicted the men of taking part in an unauthorized demonstration in the country.
The incident marks the latest in a series of harsh sentences handed down to protesters in... Read more

]]> By staff & agencies Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:36:19 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115311-bahrain-sentences-12-protesters-to-life-in-prison Lebanese parliament fails to elect a new president http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115310-lebanese-parliament-fails-to-elect-a-new-president Lebanese parliamentarians failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Wednesday, with leading candidate Samir Geagea falling well short of the required two-thirds majority.
Geagea's shortfall had been widely expected and is likely to open up the race to other candidates in a process which politicians have warned could drag on for months.
Geagea, leader of Lebanese Forces, won 48 votes, with 52 blank ballots cast, 16 for MP... Read more

]]> By staff & agencies Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:35:39 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115310-lebanese-parliament-fails-to-elect-a-new-president PA, Hamas agree to form national unity govt.: official http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115309-pa-hamas-agree-to-form-national-unity-govt-official Rival Palestinian leaders from the West Bank and Gaza Strip have decided to form a government of national unity within the "next five weeks", officials said early on Wednesday.
The agreement, between members of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and Hamas, was reached following talks in Gaza City which began on Tuesday evening, a member of the PLO who wished to remain anonymous told AFP.
"There has also been progress on the holding of future... Read more

]]> By staff & agencies Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:34:56 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115309-pa-hamas-agree-to-form-national-unity-govt-official Qatar says dispute with neighbors 'over' http://www.tehrantimes.com/middle-east/115307-qatar-says-dispute-with-neighbors-over Qatar's dispute with three fellow Persian Gulf Arab states, which withdrew their envoys from Doha last month, is "over", the Qatari foreign minister said Wednesday, while insisting his country had made no concessions.
"The statement issued in Riyadh on April 17 was clear For the brothers in the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council the dispute is over," Khaled Al-Attiyah told a press conference in Kuwait after a meeting with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh... Read more

]]> Middle East Desk Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:33:56 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/middle-east/115307-qatar-says-dispute-with-neighbors-over Antagonizing Iran: A strategic miscalculation? http://www.tehrantimes.com/component/content/article/52-guests/115306-antagonizing-iran-a-strategic-miscalculation Even though it was a major exporter of crude oil and held some of the world's largest natural gas reserves, Iran made a compelling case over half-a-century ago that it needed, almost immediately, to produce an additional 20,000 megawatts of electricity by constructing 23 nuclear power plants. At the same time, Iran's government made the case that the country needed to acquire the capacity to enrich uranium in order to fabricate the reactor fuel for... Read more

Seyyed Mohammad Marandi Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:21:43 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/component/content/article/52-guests/115306-antagonizing-iran-a-strategic-miscalculation
‘Bahrain should respond to citizens’ demands instead of accusing others’ http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115304-bahrain-should-respond-to-citizens-demands-instead-of-accusing-others TEHRAN – An official of the Iranian Foreign Ministry dismissed Bahrain’s accusations against Iran on Tuesday, saying Bahraini officials should respond to their citizens’ demands for civil rights instead of raising unfounded charges. 
He denied Bahrain’s charges and condemned the heavy sentences that a Bahraini court imposed on 14 Bahraini youths.
A Bahraini court sentenced several Bahraini youths to life in prison after convicting them of spying and receiving military training from Iran’s Islamic... Read more

]]> Political Desk Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:20:22 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115304-bahrain-should-respond-to-citizens-demands-instead-of-accusing-others A free election will help restore stability in Syria: Larijani http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115305-a-free-election-will-help-restore-stability-in-syria-larijani- TEHRAN – Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani says that holding a free election in Syria will help restore calm and stability in the crisis-hit Arab country. 
“Holding a free election and respecting the Syrian people’s votes will be an important step to restore calm and stability in the country,” Larijani said during a meeting with Cuban Ambassador to Iran Vladimir Andres Gonzalez Quesada in Tehran on Tuesday. 
Commenting on the relationship between Tehran and... Read more

]]> Political Desk Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:18:58 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115305-a-free-election-will-help-restore-stability-in-syria-larijani- Iran and Orlando Pirates share points http://www.tehrantimes.com/sports/115303-iran-and-orlando-pirates-share-points- Iran football team could not earn its second victory in a friendly match against a South African premiership team.
Iran was held to a 3-3 draw by Orlando Pirates in Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday. 
 On Tuesday Iran had defeated South African Moroka Swallow 5-0.  
Carlos Queiroz’s men will also play Mozambique in their training camp in South Africa.
Iran has been drawn in Group F of the 2014 World Cup along with Argentina,... Read more

]]> Sport Desk Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:18:55 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/sports/115303-iran-and-orlando-pirates-share-points- China keen to expand economic ties with Iran http://www.tehrantimes.com/economy-and-business/115301-china-keen-to-expand-economic-ties-with-iran- TEHRAN – Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli says China is keen to enhance its relations with Iran, especially bilateral economic ties.
In a meeting with Iranian Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Ali Tayyebnia in Beijing on Tuesday, Zhang called Iran a strategic partner of China, adding that China treasures its traditional friendship with Iran, the Mehr News Agency reported.
Tayyebnia said that Iran attaches great importance to its relations with China and hopes to... Read more

]]> Economic Desk Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:15:57 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/economy-and-business/115301-china-keen-to-expand-economic-ties-with-iran- Iranian, Latvian FMs discuss Iran-EU relations http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115302-iranian-latvian-fms-discuss-iran-eu-relations- TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held a meeting with his Latvian counterpart Edgar Rinkevich in Tehran on Wednesday, during which a number of bilateral and international issues were discussed.
At a press conference following the meeting, Zarif said the history of relations between Tehran and Riga dates back to the 1920s and expressed hope that the two countries would take measures to expand their ties in the economic and cultural... Read more

]]> Political Desk Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:14:51 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115302-iranian-latvian-fms-discuss-iran-eu-relations-