Tehran Times http://www.tehrantimes.com/ Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:04:17 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Bouteflika denounces boycott calls as opponent warns against electoral fraud http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115160-bouteflika-denounces-boycott-calls-opponent-warns-against-electoral-fraud-opposition-candidate-sure-he-will-win President Abdelaziz Bouteflika urged Algerians to defy boycott calls and vote in Thursday's election, as his rival Ali Benflis said an "army" of supporters would monitor the poll and warned against fraud.
 
The ailing 77-year-old incumbent is widely expected to clinch a fourth term in office, but he faces the damaging possibility of low voter turnout, with opposition parties and a youth protest group urging Algerians to snub the poll, AFP reported. 
 
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]]> By staff & agencies Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:13:53 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115160-bouteflika-denounces-boycott-calls-opponent-warns-against-electoral-fraud-opposition-candidate-sure-he-will-win More than 300 people missing after South Korean ferry sinks http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115159-more-than-300-people-missing-after-south-korean-ferry-sinks JINDO (Reuters) Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry sank off South Korea on Wednesday, the coastguard said, in what could be the country's biggest peacetime disaster in nearly 20 years.

The ferry was carrying 459 people, of whom 164 were rescued, coastguard officials said. Two people were confirmed dead after the ferry listed heavily onto its side and capsized in apparently calm conditions off South Korea's southwest coast.Read more

]]> World Desk Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:12:51 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115159-more-than-300-people-missing-after-south-korean-ferry-sinks Lebanon's Berri sets presidential election session for Apr. 23 http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115158-lebanons-berri-sets-presidential-election-session-for-apr-23 Lebanon’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri called Wednesday for a parliamentary session to elect a new President on April 23.
 
The session is set to take place at noon next Wednesday.
 
Berri contacted Cardinal Beshara Rai, informed him of his decision, and the two discussed the presidential election, the National News Agency reported.
 
Rai had repeatedly called on Berri to call for a Parliament session over the presidential election.
 
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]]> World Desk Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:12:08 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115158-lebanons-berri-sets-presidential-election-session-for-apr-23 Separatists fly Russian flag over Ukrainian armored vehicles http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115156-separatists-fly-russian-flag-over-ukrainian-armored-vehicles Pro-Russian separatists hoisted the Russian flag on Ukrainian army armored vehicles in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, mocking the pro-Western Kiev government's attempt to reassert control on the eve of crucial talks in Geneva on the country's future.
 
Amid escalating rhetoric between Moscow and Kiev, the incident highlighted defiance by pro-Russian separatists, undermining central government efforts to push armed rebels out of captured buildings in 10 eastern towns without bloodshed, Reuters reported. 
 
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]]> By staff & agencies Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:09:17 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/115156-separatists-fly-russian-flag-over-ukrainian-armored-vehicles Chief of Saudi intelligence replaced http://www.tehrantimes.com/middle-east/115157-chief-of-saudi-intelligence-replaced Saudi Arabia replaced intelligence chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan with General Youssef Al-Idrissi, Saudi media reported Tuesday.
 
Citing a royal decree, the Saudi Press Agency said: "Prince Bandar was relieved of his post at his own request and General Youssef Al-Idrissi has been asked to carry out the duties of the head of general intelligence."
 
It was not clear whether Prince Bandar would remain in his other posts or not. He is currently the... Read more

]]> By staff & agencies Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:07:33 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/middle-east/115157-chief-of-saudi-intelligence-replaced Iran, UAE take steps to establish joint business council http://www.tehrantimes.com/economy-and-business/115154-iran-uae-take-steps-to-establish-joint-business-council TEHRAN – Iran and the United Arab Emirates have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a joint business council.
 
The MOU was signed on Tuesday at the presence of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the end of the 2nd Iran-UAE High Joint Economic Committee meeting in Abu Dhabi.
 
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]]> Economic Desk Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:03:55 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/economy-and-business/115154-iran-uae-take-steps-to-establish-joint-business-council Zarif optimistic about nuclear talks http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115152-zarif-optimistic-about-nuclear-talks- TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that he is optimistic about the outcome of talks with the major powers on a final solution to the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program. 
 
“I am optimistic” that a deal will be reached in three months, he told Reuters in Abu Dhabi. “There is the political will to get an answer,” he added as he boarded a plane back to Tehran on Tuesday.
 
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]]> Political Desk Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:03:25 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115152-zarif-optimistic-about-nuclear-talks- Iran’s missile capabilities are non-negotiable: defense minister http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115151-irans-missile-capabilities-are-non-negotiable-defense-minister TEHRAN – Iran’s missile program is non-negotiable and Tehran will not tolerate any suggestions in this regard, Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan told the Fars news agency in an interview published on Wednesday.
 
Chief U.S. nuclear negotiator Wendy Sherman told a Senate hearing in February that Iran's ballistic missile program would be addressed as part of a comprehensive nuclear deal.
 
Dehqan stressed that Iran’s defensive capabilities has never been part of nuclear talks and never... Read more

]]> Political Desk Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:58:45 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115151-irans-missile-capabilities-are-non-negotiable-defense-minister Iran says seeks close ties with Persian Gulf Arab states http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115150-iran-says-seeks-close-ties-with-persian-gulf-arab-states- TEHRAN – Iran seeks to strengthen ties with Persian Gulf Arab states, Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs Ali Abdollahi said during a meeting with Qatari Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani in Doha on Tuesday.
 
“The government of prudence and hope” attaches great importance to promotion of relations with neighboring countries, Abdollahi said.
 
Pointing to the good relations between the two countries in security areas, he said Tehran considers the... Read more

]]> Political Desk Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:58:04 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115150-iran-says-seeks-close-ties-with-persian-gulf-arab-states- Kidnapped Iranian border guard may be alive: MP http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115149-kidnapped-iranian-border-guard-may-be-alive-mp TEHRAN – Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, the spokesman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said on Wednesday that there is evidence that the fifth member of Iranian border guards, abducted by the terrorist Jaish-ul-Adl group more than two months ago, is alive.
 
Five Iranian guards were abducted in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan on February 6 and were transferred to Pakistan. Later, Jaish-ul-Adl claimed responsibility for the abduction.
 
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]]> Political Desk Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:55:07 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115149-kidnapped-iranian-border-guard-may-be-alive-mp