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.
Police say suspect confessed to killing parents after trying to ask them for money, and then killing 17 neighbors in Yunnan
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised hopes of a new era in relations with Islamabad when he paid a surprise Christmas Day visit to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
Pakistan and Iran are brotherly countries, and have no disputes, says Pakistani official, downplaying incident
Golf course selected as new South Korean site for contentious American missile defense system after local protests
Border villages have been evacuated after tensions have escalated on the border
Landslides in east caused by heavy rainfall during Typhoon Megi, more than 300,000 displaced
Pakistan has summoned the Indian ambassador after India killed two Pakistani soldiers
Philippine leader refers to Holocaust in saying he would be ‘happy to slaughter’ 3 million drug addicts in crackdown
Iran border guards on Wednesday fired three mortar shells into Pakistan's restive Balochistan province, triggering panic among the local population.
Former Afghan rebel leader calls Taliban to peace after agreeing to put down arms
Paramilitary ranger, female gas station employee killed and 9 other people injured in separate attacks blamed on insurgents
Court appearance for man accused of transporting 73 men, women and children by boat to mainland
The official Xinhua News agency reported earlier that the villagers were found dead at their homes on Thursday morning.
The strikes aimed at "neutralising the terrorists" had caused "multiple casualties", according to the Indian officials.
China also sent fighter planes for the first time over a strait near Japan on Monday as part of a group of more than 40 jets headed to train in the West Pacific.
Military says findings show militant group involved in illegal drugs trade in troubled south, members on meth during combat