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.
Protestors chanted slogans demanding the arrest of Park and business tycoons including Lee Jae-Yong, heir to the Samsung empire, calling them "co-culprits" in the scandal.
The Maldivian rails against the argument forwarded by developing economies such as India that they are entitled to as many years of polluting the environment as the West was allowed.
The opposition delegation will depart for Astana on Saturday
Systematic and institutionalized discrimination against the Rohingya population led to attacks, says UN human rights envoy
Pakistan International Airlines acquires 2 Boeing 737-800 aircraft from Pegasus Airlines
The crew members are taken from fishing vessel in the Sulu Sea in the southwestern Philippines
Blacklist said to have targeted thousands of artists critical of president, who faces claims of abusing power
One firefighter, who had managed to escape the 15-storey Plasco building before it fell, died in hospital from severe burns, the official IRNA news agency reported.
"In the past, present and from now on, the Japan-US alliance has been the cornerstone of our diplomacy and security policy," Abe said in a speech to mark the beginning of a new parliamentary session.
Group demands Myanmar take decisive steps to restore calm to affected areas
Two Abu Sayyaf captives saved by troops in mainly Muslim Sulu province in the south
Senior police to investigate claims group in far northwest is backed by Indian intelligence
Chances are high North Korea may undertake various military provocations to disrupt sanctions, says South’s acting leader
Upcoming Syria peace talks in Kazakh capital will be a "difficult" and "long" process, Russian experts say
School bus carrying 50 children collides head-on with truck in northern Uttar Pradesh state; death toll expected to rise