World Bulletin / News Desk
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday to wish the Muslim Brotherhood politician success, the Egyptian state news agency reported.
The call appeared to be the first contact between the two leaders since Mursi was sworn in as president of Egypt, a country which has not had diplomatic relations with Tehran for 30 years.
Ahmadinejad invited Mursi to attend a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement scheduled to be held in Tehran on Aug. 29, the state news agency said, quoting Mursi's spokesman. It did not say whether he had accepted.
Ties between Cairo and Tehran were severed in 1980 following Iran's Islamic revolution and Egypt's recognition of Israel that occupies Palestinian lands.
Mursi has denied giving an interview to Iran's Fars news agency which had quoted him as voicing interest in restoring the long-severed ties between the countries. Mursi's spokesman said last week the interview never took place and that Mursi would file a lawsuit against the news agency.
Indonesian's Aceh has struggled to accommodate the inflow of migrants' needs.
The coalition party for Japan has recommended the lifting evacuation order for more than 54,800 people forced from their homes.
South Korea has confirmed that it has asked UN Security Council sanctions committee to look into submarine-launched ballistic missile test
An underground, nationwide broker network links refugees, migrants in Bangladesh to the international trafficking ring at sea
Nepal has banned all travel for children without parents or guardians to deter human traffickers.
A fire in a nursing home in China has claimed the lives of 38 people, putting the spotlight on the poor work safety record in China.
Doctor and nurse among suspected cases after 4th patient came down with disease, which country first saw last week
After refusing to shelter migrants, country takes more proactive stance before May 29 regional meeting on migrant crisis
The son of Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain has survived a bomb attack on his convoy in Balochistan province. Three people were killed and wounded 15
The South China Sea Peace Initiative announced by President Ma Ying-jeou called on claimants to temporarily shelve their disagreements to enable negotiations on sharing resources
In a policy document issued by the State Council, it vowed to continue growing its "open seas protection" and criticised neighbours who take "provocative actions" on its reefs and islands.
Australia will be joining Japan and US in the South China sea for a major military exercise for the first time, signalling the growing security of the three nations amidst tensions over China's island building.
Japan and Malaysia have agree to beef up their defence ties and have begun talks on transfers of defence equipment
A Myanmar court has sentenced Wai Yan Aung, 3 months jail with hard labor for leading student protests.
The Philippines and US defense chiefs are to come together ascountries express increasing concern amid Beijing's reported massive island creation projects.