World Bulletin / News Desk
Iran is ready to host talks between the Syrian government and opposition groups, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying on Sunday, in an effort to bring an end to the conflict in the country.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to sit down with the Syrian opposition and invite them to Iran," the Iranian Students' News Agency quoted Salehi as saying. "We are ready to facilitate and provide the conditions for talks between the opposition and the government."
International mediator Kofi Annan said last week that Iran and Iraq supported a plan for a political transition in Damascus led by Syria.
Annan has emphasised the importance of Iran's involvement in finding a solution to the Syrian crisis, though Western powers have firmly rejected the suggestion.
A United States airstrike in an attempt to free the country from the Taliban, ihas badly damaged a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in the Afghan city of Kunduz early Saturday, killing at least 19 people and wounding dozens, including members of the hospital staff.
Task force for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome are now tracing hospital and hotel staff who have had contact with patient
The shooting of Japanese man, just days after an Italian aid worker was murdered, sparks fear among expatriate community
Chia was imprisoned for 23 years under the Internal Security Act
Teams focusing on signals from mobile phones of some of the 7 passengers and 3 crew members on board
This week, Tajik authorities formally shut down the country's top opposition party, the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), which they branded a 'terrorist' group
Top political advisor says greater efforts needed to make E.Turkestan stand "firmly shoulder-to-shoulder" with Communist Party
NATO has not yet confirmed the cause of Friday's crash; Taliban regularly claim to have shot down military aircraft
Premier uses UN speech to lay into Israel over Palestine, says Malaysia will take in 3,000 more Syrian migrants over next three years
Tensions soared on Korean peninsula in August following rare exchange of cross-border fire
Condemns ISIL's 'blatant misrepresentation of Islamic teachings' at Leaders' Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism at UN in New York
Government said it had received a copy of the UN agency's ruling, which has not yet been made public, and which follows a complaint by the country's first democratically elected leader
PM Sharif's initiative comes as pledging to normalise ties with India
Three people died, and seven wounded in what appears to be attack on vice mayor's convoy in island province in southern Philippines
Strikes were carried out close to the Datta Khel area of the North Waziristan tribal region, the main bastion of insurgents who rose up against the state in 2004
Mohammad Akhlaq was dragged from his house on the outskirts of the capital and attacked by around 100 people on rumors he had eaten beef