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Middle East

15.10.2013

Iran's oil minister Namdar Bijan Zangeneh has revoked previous decision on disestablishment of the National Iranian Gas Exports Company (NIGEC), Fars news agency reported.

After a several-hour meeting with his officials, Zangeneh issued an order, according to which, NIGEC will continue to operate as previously.

It should be reminded that on Oct. 14, Iran's Deputy Oil Minister Hamidreza Araqi issued an order to disestablish NIGEC.

Araqi said NIGEC will later be merged with the newly established international affairs unit of the National Iranian Gas Company.

09.10.2013

Twenty-three candidates have registered to take part in Afghanistan's presidential election, scheduled for early April, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said Sunday, dpa reported.

"Registration process for the presidential nominees officially ended today, October 6. The total number of people who registered is 23," said Noor Mohammad Noor, spokesman for the IEC.

On Sunday alone, 14 candidates registered at the election commission headquarters, many arriving in armoured convoys with bodyguards and scores of supporters in tow.

09.10.2013

The European Commission (EC), which has in the past consistently avoided mentioning Turkey's headscarf controversy in its progress reports, has announced that it welcomes "growing consensus" on an issue that has polarized the country since the 1990s Today`s Zaman reported.

Responding to a question, the spokesman for Stefan Fule, the commissioner for enlargement and European neighborhood policy, said it was up to Turkey to find its own compromise on the subject.

09.10.2013

Iran and Iraq have signed an agreement for the construction of a pipeline that will carry natural gas from Iran to feed power plants in the southern Iraqi province of Basra, PressTV reported.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday morning, Basra Governor Majeed al-Nasrawi stated that the pipeline project, which is expected to come on-stream by next summer, has been awarded to an Iranian company.

He further noted that the local government in Basra has even sought cooperation from Iranian companies to develop subway network in Basra, and construct railroad connecting Iran and Iraq.

09.10.2013

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran strongly supports lasting stability, security and progress in Iraq, adding that Iran is exhausting its capacities to help the Baghdad government achieve these goals, PressTV reported.

In a meeting with Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar Hakim in Tehran on Tuesday, Zarif underscored the high potential of the Iraqi government in playing a constructive role in major regional and international issues.

09.10.2013

The Turkish government has revised down its growth expectations for this year to 3.6 percent, a significant acceleration from last year's 2.2 percent gain but well below the 8.8 percent expansion of 2011, which was Europe's best Today`s Zaman reported.

The government earlier targeted growth of 4 percent this year.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan told reporters on Tuesday that the government is targeting 3.6 percent of growth while the growth will rise to 4 percent next year and 5 percent growth in both 2015 and 2016.

09.10.2013

A survey being conducted by British daily The Guardian shows respondents believe that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is the most deserving candidate to receive this year's Nobel Peace Prize, Press TV reported.

The opinion poll officially closes on Wednesday. Over 70 percent of the online voters have picked Rouhani from the Guardian journalist nominees, more than four times the number of votes received by the Pakistani teenage social activist, Malala Yousafzai, who is in second place.

The poll does not reflect the Nobel committee's actual opinions.

09.10.2013

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has appointed two new vice-presidents, Fars News Agency reported.

Shahindokht Molaverdi was appointed as vice-president for women and family affairs and Mohammad Shariatmadari as vice-president for executive affairs.

Shariatmadari served as minister of commerce from 1997 to 2005 in the cabinet of the then President Mohammad Khatami.

09.10.2013

All Iranians, no matter of their religion, ethnic, sex, or age, will have equal civil rights in the country, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday.

Rouhani made the remarks at the graduation ceremony of the students of Iran's Amin Police University, Iranian State IRINN TV reported.

Rouhani went on to note that civil rights are his administration's first priority, adding that the police should help the government in materializing the goal.

"Police should act as the axis of the democracy. Police should work within the framework of the law," he added.

02.10.2013

In a rare move, the top Marine on Monday forced two generals into retirement after concluding they should be held to account for failing to secure a base in Afghanistan against a Taliban attack that killed two Marines, the Associated Press reported.

Gen. James Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps, said in announcing his decision that Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus and Maj. Gen. Gregg A. Sturdevant "did not take adequate force protection measures" at Camp Bastion, a sprawling British-run airfield in southwestern Afghanistan that was the Taliban target.