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.
Fire weapons 'instead of throwing rocks at us,' says Gen. Bipin Rawat
News of the launch comes as US President Donald Trump seeks tougher sanctions against the isolated nuclear-armed regime, which is on a quest to develop a missile capable of reaching the continental United States.
Under questioning, the 37-year-old admitted he had a dozen chunks of gold weighing 1.4 kilograms, or three pounds, stashed in his rectum.
The North's official Korean Central News Agency said Kim "watched the test of a new-type anti-aircraft guided weapon system", which was aimed at "detecting and striking different targets flying from any direction".
The plane, which had departed from Kathmandu, broke into three pieces when it crashed in heavy fog while trying to land at Lukla airport on Saturday.
Tensions between the two economic superpowers have risen in recent years over the disputed waterway, which China claims almost in full despite counter-claims from other Asian nations.
"Until the police and the armed forces say the Philippines is safe, this martial law will continue. I will not listen to others. The Supreme Court, congress, they are not here," Duterte told soldiers on Saturday.
Floodwaters were receding in some areas after a break in the rain, giving authorities a chance to deliver much-needed supplies to victims who lost everything as torrents of water swept away their homes.
Senior rebel negotiator Luis Jalandoni said that despite the government's ultimatum, the guerrillas' attacks would continue.
Sabzar Ahmed was close aide to separatist rebel Burhan Wani whose killing last July sparked uprising against Indian rule
Tehran blames Islamabad for sheltering a Sunni militant group which claims responsibility for attacks on Iran
Schapelle Corby was convicted and jailed for 20 years for trying to smuggle marijuana into the tourist island of Bali
Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British rule in 1947 but both claim the territory in its entirety.
The Taliban have vowed to intensify attacks in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan
Deadly incident echoes deaths a week ago of 11 family members in roadside bomb blast
More than 7,000 people affected by bad weather, hundreds evacuated from southern districts