Leaders of US adn Cuba hold first formal meeting in over half a century, clear the way to normalization of ties as Obama syas he wants to ‘turn the page’ on old divisions.
About 160 stuck in Rhodes and Khartoum after Greek airline Blue Bird plane does not arrive; ‘We have already given up on the Mimouna’, Israeli passengers says.
Revolutionary Guard chief notes that while ‘principles of the Islamic Republic in technical issues have been accepted by the enemy,’ ambiguities over sanctions removal must be resolved.
Thousands of Christian pilgrims flock to Church of Holy Sepulchre for ancient fire ceremony that celebrates Jesus’ resurrection.
Prime minister attends Moroccan Jewish celebration marking end of Passover, says gov’t’s first task will be to tackle cost of living and housing issues.
Iran, a key transit route for illegal drugs trafficked from Afghanistan, has seized almost 500 tonnes of narcotics in the past year, the anti-drug police chief said Saturday. General Ali Moayedi, quoted in Iranian media, said the drugs intercepted in the 12 months to March 2015 included 390 tonnes of opium and 10 tonnes of heroin. Police conducted more than 1,800 raids across Iran focussing "on international networks and gangs," he said, adding 93 traffickers and 10 officers were killed in the operations. Iran lies on a main transit route for the smuggling of opium and heroin from Afghanistan which eventually find their way across the Middle East and in Europe.
Rare footage uncovered of Arab units in service of the Third Reich; researcher Stefan Petke tells Ynet the Free Arab Legion was a ‘complete failure’ in the battlefield and was not used in the extermination of Jews.
By Mohammed Mukhashaf ADEN (Reuters) – Local militiamen in the southern Yemeni city of Aden said they captured two Iranian military officers advising Houthi rebels, during fighting on Friday evening. Tehran has strongly denied providing any military support for Houthi fighters, whose advances have drawn Saudi-led air strikes in a campaign dubbed "Decisive Storm." If confirmed, the presence of two Iranian officers, whom the local militiamen said were from an elite unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, would deepen tensions between Tehran and Riyadh, who are vying for influence in the Middle East. "They have been put in a safe place and we will turn them over to Decisive Storm to deal with them," the source added. Heavy Saudi-led air strikes and ground combat between armed factions battered southern Yemen on Saturday, killing around 20 Houthi fighters and two rival militiamen, residents and militiamen said.