Roundup of Today’s International News 06/08/12
Iran test fires improved short-range missile
Iran claims that it has successfully test-fired a short-range ballistic missile, capable of reaching its immediate neighbors (…) Israel is located 1,000 kilometers away from Iran, while the US Fifth Fleet in Bahrain is 200 kilometers away.
Iran loses revenue as sanctions bite
Shipments from Iran have plunged by 1.2 million barrels a day, or 52 percent, since the sanctions banning the purchase, transport, financing and insuring of Iranian crude began on July 1, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Annualised, that would cost President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s country about $48 billion in revenue, equivalent to 10 percent of its economy.
Iran to manufacture passenger planes
Iranian experts have completed the feasibility studies of Iran’s national plan to build 150-passenger airplanes and the project has entered the designing and manufacturing phase.
Iran to unplug from Web to escape West’s ‘Internet monopoly’
Tehran plans to remove its key ministries and state bodies from the Internet next month, calling the worldwide web “untrustworthy.” The action is the first phase in a planned Iranian project to replace the Internet with a domestic intranet. The country’s key ministries will be unplugged from the global network as early as September, in a move Tehran said is aimed at protecting sensitive intelligence.
EU Lifts Sanctions on Five Iranians, Including Ex-Bank Chairman
In its official journal published Friday, the European Union said it had lifted sanctions on five Iranians, including Ali Divandari, the former chairman of Bank Mellat, the largest private bank in Iran.
Gunmen kill 16 Egypt border guards, enter Israel
Gunmen killed 16 guards in Egypt near the border with Israel before stealing two armoured vehicles and crossing into the Jewish state where one vehicle was destroyed by a helicopter.
Syria conflict: Troops ‘mass for Aleppo assault’
Meanwhile, Iran is seeking the release of 48 Iranians kidnapped on Saturday. Iranian diplomats and Syrian state television blamed the abduction, which took place near the shrine of Sayyida Zainab in a suburb of Damascus, on “armed groups” (…) Rebels claimed on Sunday that some of those taken were members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.
Professed Syrian rebel says Iranian hostages are militiamen
The new video, posted on the website of Al Arabiya, the Saudi-owned pan-Arab satellite channel, features the self-described rebel commander denouncing the captives as Iranian shabiha, or militiamen.
Russia, Iran reject foreign intervention in Syrian crisis
Russia and Iran confirmed Friday their principal position that the Syrian crisis must be settled with no foreign intervention. During a meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and his visiting Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir- Abdollahian, both sides also urged the end to violence in the crisis-torn Syria.
Saudi invites Iran for extraordinary Muslim summit
Saudi King Abdullah invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for an extraordinary summit of Muslim leaders to be held this month in the holy city of Mecca.
PM to visit outcast Iran for NAM meet
The upcoming non-aligned summit in the central Iranian province of Isfahan on August 30-31 has provided an opportunity for PM Manmohan Singh to honour President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s long-pending invitation for a bilateral visit to that country.
Iran: A threat to West and its neighbors
Iran, and its nuclear and missile programs, poses an existential threat to the US, Israel, Europe and Arab states. This fact seems clear, given the research, intelligence and reporting. However, most of the information focuses on the West, but conveniently negates Iran’s neighbors…many major U.S. and Western allies.
India’s stop-gap solution to Iranian oil sanctions
Though the Indian government seems out of step with Washington on the issue, an industry insider told beyondbrics it would be “surprising” if Delhi’s actions signaled serious, long-term opposition to the sanctions programme: “India is still onside with US foreign policy. They are still reducing their overall imports from Iran.”
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