- North Korea: Kim Jong-Un is back
- Test for peace as Mozambique go to the polls
- Islamic State takes another city as Iraqi troops witdraw
- UN report on ISIS: 24 000 killed, injured
- US bombing unable to stop Islamic State
- Is Kim Jong Un still in control of North Korea?
- Canada joins coalition and approves air strikes in Iraq
- African Union forces take al-Shabab stronghold
- Hong Kong returns to "normal"
- Hong Kong leader: "I will not resign"
- Seven Christians arrested for attending church service in Laos
- Turkey to send troops to Syria to fight Islamic State
- US to stay in Afghanistan past 2014 deadline
- US begins bombing ISIL in Syria
- Ashraf Ghani declared winner of Afghan election
- Scotland votes NO to independence
- Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohamed Badie, sentenced to 25 years in prison
- Two Bhutanese Pastors sentenced to prison
- Will Scots vote for independence?
- Australia to deploy Australian Forces in Iraq
- Arab states to back US in fight against Islamic State
- France prepares for action against Islamic State as Hollande visits Iraq
- Australia raised terrorism alert level to HIGH
- Missile that can deliver 100 times the blast that hit Hiroshima, successfully tested by Russia
- US President announces plan to root out Islamic State
- World health Organisation report says Ebola virus will kill 20 000 in next six months
- Saudi Arabia and its double game the Islamic State
- Egypt's Sisi willing to create new Palestinian State in Sinai
- Iraqi parliament approves new prime Minister and government
- Cameroon fights back against Boko Haram
- NATO allies prepared to "degrade and ultimately destroy" Islamic State
- Two Christian woman abducted, forced to convert to Islam and marry Muslim men
- Boko Haram pushes further as displaced persons reach 700 000 in Northern Nigeria
- 29 Christians in Pakistan falsely accused of blasphemy
- US and UK to use NATO summit to seek coalition against Islamic State
- Al-Qaeda announces India wing
- Ukraine announces ceasefire in East of country
- Islamic State says they have beheaded another American journalist as US continues to bomb Northern Iraq
- China continues its crackdown on Churches in Guangzhou and Wenzhou
- African leaders meet to discuss ways to combat terrorism
- US says it carried out military attack against al-Shabab in Somalia
- US Secretary of State calls on Iran for the release of US prisoners
- Update: Pakistan anti-government protest
- Syria refugees top 3 million
- Ukraine accusing Russia of full scale invasion
- Two Christian converts arrested in Iran
- Christians take up arms to fight Islamic State
- 150 000 people flee Libya as ceasefire talks fail
- Israel Prime Minister declares victory in Gaza war
- 1 out of every 6 people in France support Islamic State
- Chinese Pastor faces long prison sentence for opposing demolition of church
- Israel, Hamas agree to Egyptian brokered ceasefire
- Russia concerned over Islamic State threat
- US prepares to strike Islamic State in Syria
- Prayer request from Sudan
- Boko Haram declares an Islamic Caliphate in Nigeria
- Death toll in Syria passes 191 000
- Protest against Pakistan government continues
- Ukraine street battles claim dozens
- Ceasefire talks fail between Israel an Hamas - Hamas fires 137 rockets at Israel
- Iranian pastor charged with "waging war against God"
- As IS loses ground due to US bombing in Iraq, militants vow to "drown Americans in blood"
- Russia and Ukraine ministers meet for ceasefire talks
- Obama iterates US military action in Iraq only to protect embassy
- Persecution of Christians by rebel militia in Ukraine
- Islamic State makes further advance in Syria while West focuses on Iraq
- Gaza ceasefire extended by five days
- NATO fears Russian military intervention inevitable
- Israel, Hamas accept ceasefire proposal
- US drones strike Islamic State targets near Iraqi Kurdish capital
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins Presidential election in Turkey
- China arrests Christian couple from Canada suspected of stealing state secrets
- Christian families sleeping on the street as they flee the advance of Islamic State
- US authorizes air strikes in Iraq to help stop genocide
- Cambodia jails Khmer Rouge leaders for life
- Russian troops massing on Ukraine border
- World dignitaries gather for centenary of great War (WWI)
- Another 72 hour humanitarian ceasefire begins between Israel and Gaza
- Despite peace talks the violence in C.A.R continues
- Global protest against ISIS increases
- Israel announces 7 hour humanitarian ceasefire
- 72 hour humanitarian ceasefire begins between Israel and Gaza
- Female suicide bomber kills three in Nigeria
- Fighting continues in Libya
- Largest Ebola outbreak in history
- Hamas rejects Israeli ceasefire saying Hamas is "eager for death"
- Pope Francis asks forgiveness and calls Evangelicals his brothers
- US accuses Russia of violating nuclear treaty
- France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians
- Fighting continues in Gaza as both sides reject ceasefire
- Muslims world wide celebrate Eid al-fitr
- Death toll passes 1000 as Hamas breaks ceasefire
- Militias threaten gains of Arab Spring in Libya
- UN to launch inquiry into war crimes in Gaza
- Water supply being cut of in bid to rid Islamic State from Christians
- US pushes for Gaza truce as death toll reaches 700
- US loosens sanctions on Iran after four month extension on nuclear talks
- ISIS now controls up to a third of Syria
- 1.5 million displaced as South Sudan truce crumbles
- 66 killed and 15 000 displaced after latest Boko Haram attack
- Mosul empty of Christians as IS threatens believers with death
- Iran eliminates sensitive stockpile under interim nuclear deal with West
- Islamic State (ISIS) claims responsibility for bombings in Baghdad
- 18 Israeli soldiers and 130 Palestinians killed since the start of Israeli ground incursion
- Israel starts ground invasion in Gaza
- Malaysia plane crash could change situation in Ukraine
- PERSPECTIVE: Israel and the global media assault
PUTIN TO OFFER IRAN NUCLEAR UPGRADE
12 SEPTEMBER 2013 - Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Iran’s new president for the first time this week, reportedly armed with an offer to supply missile systems and build a second nuclear power reactor that is likely to gladden Tehran and trouble the United States.
President Hassan Rowhani is set to meet Putin on the sidelines of a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation held in Kyrgyzstan on Friday, in the newly-elected centrist cleric’s first meeting with a major world leader.
The Kommersant daily reported Wednesday that Putin would offer to supply Iran S-300 air defence missile systems as well as build a second reactor at the Bushehr nuclear plant.
The S-300 offer would be a particularly contentious development given it would essentially revive a contract for similar missile systems that Russia cancelled in 2010 after heavy Israeli and US pressure.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Kommersant that Putin and Rowhani were expected to discuss “working together in the nuclear energy sphere” and “questions of military technical cooperation” at the summit in Bishkek.
However, Peskov denied Wednesday evening that Putin had tasked officials with preparing the new arms agremeent.
“No,” Russian news agencies quoted Peskov as saying when asked whether Putin ordered to put together such a deal.
Putin’s meeting with the leader of Moscow’s long-standing regional ally comes shortly after he hosted Western powers for a G20 summit focused on Syria in Saint Petersburg last week.
Putin will make significant concessions to Iran by offering to supply Tehran with five S-300 ground-to-air missile systems, Kommersant reported earlier Wednesday, quoting a source close to the Kremlin.
Putin would offer to supply Tehran with a modified export version of the S-300 systems called S-300VM Antey-2500, the source said.
The source also said Russia would offer to build a second reactor for the Bushehr nuclear plant, Iran’s only functioning nuclear power station whose construction was completed by Russia, as a political gesture.
Putin took the decisions on September 5, the source said.
Russia in 2007 signed a contract to deliver five of the advanced S-300 ground-to-air weapons systems — which can take out aircraft or guided missiles — to Iran at a cost of $800 million.
In 2010, then president Dmitry Medvedev cancelled the contract after coming under strong US and Israeli pressure not to go ahead with the sale of the weapons system, drawing vehement protests from Tehran.
Kommersant cited a source as saying that Russia’s offer would depend on Iran’s withdrawing a $4-billion lawsuit that it has lodged at an international court in Geneva against Russia’s arms export agency.
Russia could increase supplies of arms to Iran if Washington decides on military intervention in Syria, the head of the lower house’s committee on international relations, Alexei Pushkov, told parliament on Wednesday.
“If the ‘party of war’ prevails in the United States... then I consider it absolutely justified to suggest considering more serious measures by Russia, including broadening of supplies of defensive weapons to Iran,” Pushkov was quoted as saying by Interfax.
Iran is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s main regional ally and has warned Western powers against intervention in the conflict.
Russia has opposed international military intervention against Assad and is negotiating with Damascus on a plan for it to hand over chemical weapons in order to avoid US strikes.
An arms industry source told Interfax on Wednesday that supplies of Antey-2500 S-300s to Iran “could not be ruled out in the future, but so far no pre-contractual work is being carried out by Russian exporters”.
Kommersant also cited the source close to the Kremlin as saying that Russia was ready to build a second reactor for Bushehr power station in a deal that was not “particularly profitable from an economic point of view, but is rather political”.
Moscow has cooperated with Iran on nuclear power generation despite international opposition to a programme that Western powers and Israel believe is being used as a smokescreen for building a nuclear bomb, while Iran insists it is peaceful.
Russia had urged the West to soften sanctions against Iran after the election of Rowhani, a centrist cleric, in June, expressing hopes for a major breakthrough in the nuclear standoff. Rowhani has pledged greater transparency in talks. afp