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.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to attend ECO summit this Wednesday, March 1
Malaysian autopsy says VX nerve agent spread rapidly to heart and lungs of older brother of North Korean leader
Ko Ni, a prominent Muslim lawyer and critic of Myanmar's powerful military, was shot dead on 29 January outside Yangon airport in a murder that sent shockwaves through the country's young civilian government.
Police said they had no interest in the two Sri Lankan men, both asylum-seekers, who in 2013 had helped the former US National Security Agency contractor evade authorities in Hong Kong.
Three of nine injured people being treated in hospital are in critical condition, Xinhua news agency said.
Ildar Dadin, 34, emerged from a Siberian penal colony after some 15 months behind bars for repeatedly holding unsanctioned rallies against President Vladimir Putin's rule.
Cooperation picks up after suspension last year due to 'offensive' teaching material at Australian base
Some 10,000 mourners attend memorial service in Yangon to mark one month of the death of Muslim lawyer Ko Ni
The 13 slipped out of the jail in a police camp in San Fernando city north of Manila before dawn, said Derrick Arnold Carreon, spokesman for the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Last year, Iraq asked Saudi Arabia to replace its envoy after he accused Iran-allied militias of planning to assassinate him
In wake of attack, Afghan-Pakistani border closure said to inflict $4M in daily losses to businesspeople on both sides
The fallout from the attack continued after US media reported unofficial talks in New York between North Korean and former American officials had been cancelled.
Celebrations take place amid criticisms of Rodrigo Duterte, who has been compared to late strongman Ferdinand Marcos
A planned meeting would have been the first meeting between the two countries to have taken place inside the United States in more than five years.
UN investigators who interviewed escapees said the violence was so severe it "very likely" amounted to crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.
Street protests were expected to continue later with thousands of supporters of Senator De Lima set to join another rally.