♦ The existing opportunity should be seized to secure faster growth, President Rouhani said at a meeting with a number of new Iranian ambassadors before their departure on their missions.
He further said that Iran’s policy is based on regional development and stability and promotion of unity across the world of Islam.
♦ Iraqi leaders have reacted to Turkey’s unauthorized military deployments in northern Iraq.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has called for the immediate pullout of Turkish forces from Iraqi soil.
President Fuad Masum has slammed the incursion as flagrant violation of international law.
♦ The economy minister has called for the insurance industry to be exempted from VAT.
He further said that the finances accumulated in the insurance industry can instead play a role in the country’s economic growth.
♦ Thousands of Saudi Shiites have staged a rally in solidarity with Ayatollah Nimr al-Nimr.
And the Times reported that Saudi Arabia is grappling with a simmering social crisis.
♦ The report the IAEA director general has issued on Iran’s nuclear case will translate into the closing of the possible military dimension (PMD) case.
♦ The grandson of the late Imam Khomeini has said that the modern-day Shiism needs to implement the lessons taken away from the uprising of Imam Hussein.
♦ Temperatures have plunged to -20º C in Varzaghan, East Azerbaijan Province.
♦ A worker gave away all the $100,000 he received in inheritance for completion of a school project.