World Bulletin/News Desk
Iranian and Syrian officials entered into agreements this week on energy and water supply, Iranian news agencies reported, signalling continued cooperation between the two countries as the Syrian government battles an uprising within its borders.
A Syrian economic delegation has been touring Iran this week, and signed deals with Iranian officials on electricity exports from Iran to Syria, Fars news agency said on Friday.
Iran is a rare ally for Syria, which faces international condemnation over the government's crackdown on a sixteen-month rebellion that has in recent weeks reached its largest cities.
International sanctions levied against Iran for its disputed nuclear programme have put enormous pressure on its economy, raising the spectre of factory closures and higher unemployment.
Iran's energy minister, Majid Namjou, said this week Tehran was prepared to help Syria reconstruct damaged facilities such as power plants.
Syrian activists accuse government forces of shelling residential areas such as Homs, causing huge damage.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran will not leave Syria alone in such a difficult situation," Namjou was quoted as saying on Thursday by Iran's Press TV. Namjou met with Syrian electricity minister Imad Khamis and water resource minister Bassam Hanna, Press TV reported.
Iran will export 50 megawatts of electricity to Syria via Iraq, according to one of the agreements signed, and the two countries will also cooperate in waste and water management, Press TV reported.
Coalition warplanes have struck the eastern province of Marib, targeting a Houthi camp
An Algerian diplomat who has remained anonymous has said that Saudi and Iranian officials were communicating via Algiers with a view to averting further military escalation in Yemen.
Two chlorine bomb were dropped onto Korin village with 17 people taken to hospital.
Local officials fear that the abandonment of the eastern province of Hadramawt will be an opportunity for Al-Qaeda to expand.
The former president of Yemen has knocked backed claims saying he has no plans on leaving Yemen.
A new visa requirement put in by Lebanon sees many Syrians living in fear with many already in abject poverty unable to move.
Brent crude price jumps above $64 per barrel Thursday after Al-Qaeda militants capture major oil terminal in southern Yemen.
Challenges are now reduced investment, high unemployment, and first fiscal deficit in four years, a World Bank report says.
The committee that has been formed to manage the funds of the Muslim Brotherhood confiscated on Thursday a hospital in Alexandria and a school in Cairo, accusing their owners of belonging to the Brotherhood.
India is Iran's biggest oil client after China although its imports from Tehran have declined under pressure from western sanctions.
According to residents, heavy fighting broke out in and around the central Yemeni city of Taiz
A coalition of rebel groups seized Idlib city at the end of last month in a campaign that appeared to catch the regime off guard.
Activists say Israel's inhumane policies contradict its own laws and international conventions.
Whilst the dates of delivery are still under discussion, Putin has said that Iran's flexibility in finding a solution to their nuclear programme spurred the new contract
An ISIL-linked armed group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a security patrol in the Sinai Peninsula that left at least one soldier dead.
It remains unclear whether the strikes, on which the Houthis have yet to comment, had left casualties.