Visiting Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian conferred on Sunday with Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on regional developments. According to the Information and Press Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the meeting, Salehi warned countries in the region against plots of the Zionist regime and urged them all to exercise vigilance to this effect.
Salehi said the Zionist regime seeks to attain its sinister goals by creating tension, pursing warmongering policies, masterminding plots, posing threats and conducting a psychological warfare.
On Iran’s regional policy such as those on the Caucasus, he said “We believe that countries' national interests depend on establishment of good relations with their neighboring states and more stability and security will prepare the grounds for more progress, development and welfare of people in the region". Meantime, the Iranian foreign minister noted that Iran supports settlement of the Karakbakh disputes through peaceful means.
Salehi described the current visit of his Armenian counterpart as being in line with the expansion of mutual relations and implementing the agreements already signed by the two sides.
The Armenian foreign minister, for his part, said his country lauds Iran’s principled and harmonized policies in dealing with regional developments. He expressed the hope to witness expansion of mutual relations and cooperation in the areas of education, culture and environment.
Iranian weightlifters won four gold, three silver and two bronze medals in the Asian championship. According to IRNA Sports Service the Iranian teams in different fields scored major victories in international contests over the weekend.
The weightlifting team stood at the second place after China. The ranking was determined before three Iranian weightlifters – Navai Nassir Shalal, Behdad Salimi and Sajjad Anushiravani got gold medals at 105 kg and 105 plus categories.
First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi on Sunday said the Iranian and Iraqi governments and nations as two close allies can vigilantly thwart any conspiracy against them. He made the remarks at the opening ceremony of the Exhibition on Khuzestan Province Capabilities in Trade, Manufacturing, Engineering and Technical Services, in Abadan.
According to IRNA, Rahimi said Iraq's progress is Iran’s progress and vice versa, hence any unusual developments in the region aimed at separating the two friendly nations is a great concern for Iran.
He described Tehran-Baghdad unity as a source of concern for enemies and said nowadays the two Iranian and Iraqi nations can help each other on their path towards progress and development.
The Islamic Republic of Iran and Kazakhstan on Sunday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on extradition of criminals within the framework of judicial cooperation. The MoU consisting of 21 articles on extradition of criminals was signed by Iran’s Justice Minister Morteza Bakhtiyari and Kazakh attorney in Tehran.
On the sidelines of the meeting, Bakhtiyari highlighted the two sides' cultural affinity and said bilateral relations and cooperation are very promising.
According to IRNA, the Kazakh attorney, for his part, expressed satisfaction with the MoU signed by the two sides and called for expansion of economic and political cooperation between the two countries. He also expressed the hope to witness further promotion of legal cooperation in the future between the two sides. Kazakh Ambassador to Tehran Baghdad Amriyov was also present in the meeting.
Northern Ireland has been hit by two bombings, one of them potentially more devastating than the 1998 Omagh bomb attack, which left 29 people dead and another 220 injured.
According to AP, none of the bombs in County Down near the border with the Republic of Ireland and in Belfast exploded, but County Down police chief Alasdair Robinson said the 272 kg device planted there could have killed anyone within 50 meters of the blast and injured anyone in the 100-meter vicinity.
Robinson said the device planted in a van was found at around 06:30 PM on Thursday and took army bomb disposal experts 24 hours to defuse. The security alert in County Down led to the evacuation of 70 nearby houses as experts defused the device. Meanwhile, police in Northern Irish capital of Belfast discovered a second bomb under a car in a residential area.
The army bomb-disposal unit defused the device but 80 people had to be evacuated from their homes as part of the security alert due to the bombing.
The scale of under-age pregnancy in Britain has forced experts to call on authorities to give girls as young as 13, access to over-the-counter contraceptives, amid worries that the move could worsen the problem.
According to Reuters, the National Health Service found, based on results from a pilot program in London, that making contraceptives available to 16-year-olds without any need for a prescription has been very successful in preventing teens’ pregnancy.
Now a review of the pilot program, during which over-the-counter pills were made available in five high street pharmacies in London, suggests the age limit should be reduced to 13 and the plan should be expanded “across London and nationally.”
Based on the review by NHS South East London introduction of a national scheme “may help contribute to a reduction in teenage pregnancies.”
This is while health experts warn expanding the scheme would only relieve young girls of fears that their parents may find out about their illegitimate affairs and worsen the problem.
A new survey has found some British students have to survive on their classmates’ meals leftovers, laying bare the depth of misery the financial crisis has imposed on poorer households. According to Press TV, a poll from teachers found 57 percent of them have seen hungry students at least once a week.
The results of the study by the Prince’s Trust and the Times Educational Supplement also showed 40 percent of teachers have been seeing such students every single day.
This comes as the survey revealed many youngsters even see the schools as a place they can warm themselves up while some come to the classes in dirty clothes and unable to concentrate.
The researchers also said a teacher told them he occasionally sees “scavenger pupils” fishing for the leftovers of other pupils’ meals at school.
The Prince’s Trust director of policy and strategy Ginny Lunn said the findings are especially alarming as they suggest children are now falling victim to the financial crisis.
Britain’s fifth biggest food retailer and the country's largest mutual business, the Co-operative Group, has extended a boycott of goods from illegal settlements that have been produced on occupied Palestinian territories in the West bank.
According to Press TV, the supermarket chain has taken the lead among European supermarkets to end trade with companies that purchase produce made in illegal Zionist settlements.
The statement said "Following an audit of the Group's supply chain, it will no longer do business with four companies, accounting for £350,000 worth of sales, as there is evidence that they source from the Israeli settlements in the Palestinian occupied territories."
It said "The Group will also continue to actively work to increase trade links with Palestinian businesses in the occupied territories.”
The Co-op, which has not bought goods from the illegal settlements since 2009, decided to extend the boycott further by "no longer engaging with any supplier of produce known to be sourcing from the Zionist settlements".
The average nonretired American now expects to retire at age 67, up from age 63 a decade ago and age 60 in the mid-1990s.
The results are from Gallup's annual Economy and Personal Finance survey, conducted April 9-12. Overall, 26% of nonretirees expect to retire before age 65, with 27% expecting to retire at age 65 and 39% after age 65. The percentage that expect to retire after age 65 is up from 21% in 2002 and 12% in 1995.
Gallup also finds a steady, although less steep, increase in the average age at which retirees actually retired, from age 57 in 1991 to age 60 today. The average retirement age first reached 60 in 2004 and has generally held there since. That average should increase in future years if current nonretirees delay their retirement, as they expect to do.
The same poll finds a new low of 38% of nonretirees saying they will have enough money to live comfortably in retirement, down slightly from 42% last year. When Gallup first asked the question in 2002, 59% thought they would have enough. The percentage dipped below 50% during the recession and has remained below since.
Military judge Col. Denise Lind refused to dismiss the most serious charges against Army Private Bradley Manning, accused of leaking classified documents for transparency website Wikileaks.
On Thursday night, April 26, Lind announced she was rejecting the motion made by the defense to throw out the charge of "aiding the enemy". Manning will now face a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Manning's attorney David Coombs maintains that there will be no proof that Manning intended to help al-Qaeda when he allegedly leaked the classified material to Wikileaks.
Jeff Paterson, of the Bradley Manning Support Group stated everything we know about Bradley Manning is the complete opposite of this charge - nothing about aiding the enemy but everything about aiding the public's understanding of an unpopular war."
Manning stated in an online chat with a confidant-turned-informant that he leaked the information because, "I want people to see the truth."