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Rouhani says Iran bears no hostility to the world TEHRAN: Iran has no intention of committing acts of aggression but retains the right to defend itself militarily, President Hassan Rouhani said Friday.Speaking at a parade to mark Army Day, Rouhani delivered a peaceful message that referenced negotiations with leading powers aimed at securing a permanent deal to resolve a decade-long impasse over Tehran's nuclear programme."The neighbours should know that the Iranian military wants stability in the region," he said."During the nuclear talks we told the world we do not want to attack anyone and we do not want war." Although the speech was preceded by fighter jets passing overhead, and followed by a procession of missiles and other military hardware on trucks, Rouhani's tone contrasted sharply with the often bellicose rhetoric of his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who routinely took aim at Israel."We are people of reason and dialogue," Rouhani said."Over the past two centuries Iran has never attacked anyone, ...

Turkey to seek price reduction for Russian gas: minister ANKARA: Energy-dependent Turkey will ask for a discount on the price of the gas it buys from Russia, its energy minister said on Friday."The negotiations and agreements we concluded with Russia give us the right for a price revision in the coming months," Energy Minister Taner Yildiz told reporters in Ankara. "We will convey our demands on this to Russia and Gazprom officials," he added.Gazprom deputy head Alexander Medvedev will hold a meeting with Turkish ...

Tokyo investors to eye China, US, Japan data next week TOKYO: Tokyo investors will be watching the release of a string of data from the United States, China and Japan next week, after the benchmark Nikkei 225 index scratched back some of last week's big losses.Among the figures in focus are US durable goods orders for March and HSBC's April manufacturing purchasing managers' index for China, both due WednesdayInvestors will also be keeping an eye on Japanese trade for March at the start of the ...

Pak, China universities ink students exchange agreement GUANGZHOU: National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Islamabad and China's Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), Guangzhou, Friday concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on Academic Cooperation and a Student Exchange Agreement.The documents were signed by Maj Gen Masood Hasan (Retd), Rector NUML and Prof. Zhong Weihe, President GDUFS.The initiative of the MoU and the agreement between the two Universities was launched and facilitated by the Consulate General of Pakistan in Guangzhou.Under the MoU on Academic ...

Pro-Russian militants in Ukraine defiant despite deal SLAVYANSK: Pro-Russian rebels kept their grip on seized government buildings in Ukraine on Friday, a day after Kiev struck a deal with Russia and the West aimed at easing the crisis in the ex-Soviet republic.As part of the surprise agreement hammered out in talks in Geneva Thursday, "all illegal armed groups" were due to disarm and leave seized state buildings.But the pro-Kremlin gunmen who have overrun nearly a dozen towns and cities across Ukraine's Russian-speaking ...

President stresses strong economic ties with African countries ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Friday stressed the need for more concerted efforts to strengthen the trade and economic ties with African countries.The President expressed these views while talking to Imran Yawar, Pakistan's ambassador-designate to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and permanent observer to African Union (AU) here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.The President said Pakistan values its close and cordial relationship with Ethiopia and urged the newly appointed ambassador to focus on further consolidating the ...


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