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.
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
The fire began at dawn on the ground floor of Pasar Senen market, a sprawling complex of stalls on several levels that was built during Dutch colonial rule.
Since October Myanmar's army has carried out "clearance operations" in the north of western Rakhine state to root out insurgents accused of deadly raids on police border posts.
Surprise outcome leaves leading South Korean politicians fuming as probe into presidential office scandal suffers setback
About 100 people gathered in central Hanoi for the 43rd anniversary of the Chinese takeover of the Paracel islands in the South China Sea -- territory claimed by both nations that remains a diplomatic flashpoint.
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar expected to be removed from UN terror list within days
Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Council of Foreign Ministers meeting to discuss plight of Muslim minority in Myanmar