Cuba's new president vows to defend legacy of Castro revolution

5 hours 43 min ago
Cuba's new president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, began his term on Thursday with a promise to defend the socialist revolution led by the Castro brothers since 1959, giving a sober speech that also emphasized the need to modernize the island's economy.

Don't scrap Iran deal, MPs from UK, France and Germany urge US

6 hours 3 min ago
More than 500 parliamentarians from France, Germany and the UK have written to their US counterparts urging them to persuade Donald Trump not to abandon the Iran nuclear deal.

Ethiopia premier reshuffles cabinet to implement reform

7 hours 11 min ago
Ethiopia's new premier Abiy Ahmed named a new defense minister on Thursday as part of a reshuffle to help implement reforms demanded by the public during unrest in which hundreds were killed by security forces.

Hundreds of European lawmakers urge US Congress to preserve JCPOA

7 hours 15 min ago
Over 500 parliamentarians from the three European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran have called on US Congress to support the accord amid threats by US President Donald Trump to scrap it.

Study finds tiny fly blows bubbles to decrease body temperature

7 hours 29 min ago
Humans sweat, dogs pant, cats lick their fur. Animals have adopted an interesting array of techniques for regulating body temperature through evaporation.

China bombers, drones fly around Taiwan amid tensions

7 hours 44 min ago
China’s air force has flown bombers and reconnaissance aircraft around Taiwan as Beijing conducted a live-fire military drill along its southeastern coast in an apparent warning to the self-ruled island nation and to the United States.

Russia: German chlorine, UK smoke bombs found in Syria's Ghouta

7 hours 59 min ago
Russia says Syrian government forces have found containers filled with toxic chlorine gas from Germany and smoke grenades manufactured in Britain in Syria's recently-liberated Eastern Ghouta region.

Syrian government troops unearth mass grave near capital Damascus

8 hours 14 min ago
Syrian government forces have discovered a mass grave containing the bodies of dozen people executed by members of foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorist groups near the country’s capital Damascus.

Groups join forces in strike against Macron's economic plans

8 hours 29 min ago
President Emmanuel Macron faced mass protests Thursday as trade unionists seek to galvanize angry students, public sector workers and striking train drivers into a joint movement against his multi-pronged drive to overhaul the French economy.

Senegal protest against proposed election law turns violent

8 hours 43 min ago
Police in Senegal have clashed with people protesting against a proposed law that would demand more strict requirements for presidential election candidates.

Majority of Americans think Trump will get US into a war: Poll

8 hours 59 min ago
A majority of Americans think US President Donald Trump will get the United States tied up in a new conflict, according to a new poll.

Merkel calls for 'compromise' on reforming eurozone

9 hours 12 min ago
Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a spirit of compromise on reforming the eurozone at a meeting on Thursday with French President Emmanuel Macron, who pressed for solidarity among members of the currency union.

EU door now shut to Britain: Ex-President Hollande

9 hours 27 min ago
The door to the European Union is now closed to Britain and Europeans should not accept any attempt to reverse Brexit, former French President Francois Hollande warned in an interview with Britain's Daily Telegraph published on Thursday.

Myanmar urges repatriation of Rohingya ahead of monsoon season

9 hours 44 min ago
Myanmar's Social Welfare Minister Win Myat Aye says repatriation of Rohingya Muslims who fled persecution in the country to Bangladesh should start as soon as possible due to the coming monsoon season.

Majlis Speaker urges Iran, Sri Lanka to boost industrial ties

10 hours 25 min ago
Iran's Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani called on the businessmen in Iran and Sri Lanka to try to expand industrial relations between the two nations.

Bahraini court jails 24 Shias, strips them of citizenship

10 hours 27 min ago
A Bahrain court has sentenced 24 Shia citizens to jail and revoked their nationality as the ruling Al Khalifah regime presses ahead with its heavy-handed clampdown on the majority community in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

Volcano in Japan erupts for first time in 250 years

11 hours 11 min ago
A volcano in southern Japan erupted for the first time in 250 years on Thursday, spewing steam and ash hundreds of meters into the air, as authorities warned locals not to approach the mountain

Two killed, 20 injured as 4.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia

11 hours 18 min ago
Hundreds of people fled their homes as tremors struck Banjarnegara district of Central Java late on Wednesday.

Brain scans may help detect psychiatric disorders

11 hours 35 min ago
The brain scans could be used to differentiate between healthy people and those who have brain diseases or disorders.

Iran Minister: Iraq not a place for regional rivalries

11 hours 49 min ago
Iraq Should not be a place for regional rivals to flex their muscles or beat each other, said Iran's Minister of Defense Brigadier General Amir Hatami on Thursday.

Iraqi air forces hit Daesh positions in Syria in coordination with Damascus

11 hours 53 min ago
The Iraqi air force says has launched deadly strikes against Daesh positions in Syria as both neighboring countries step up efforts to get rid of the Takfiri terror group’s remnants.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth backs her son Charles to take on Commonwealth role

13 hours 26 min ago
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth said on Thursday she hoped her son and heir Prince Charles would take on leadership of the Commonwealth, answering some who argue the position should be rotated around member states.

Jump in Petchem Output, Exports

13 hours 48 min ago
The removal of international sanctions on Iran in the aftermath of the implementation of Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), once more tempted international companies and foreign investors to step into Iran which sits atop huge oil, gas and petrochemical deposits.

Syria gives 48-hour respite to militants to leave southern Damascus enclave

14 hours 39 min ago
The Syrian army has reportedly given a 48-hours ultimatum to Takfiri Daesh and al-Nusra Front terrorist groups to agree to withdraw from areas south of the capital, Damascus, or face a major counter-terrorism operation in the area.

NASA’s TESS space telescope launches to search for Earth-like planets

15 hours 4 min ago
NASA’s state-of-the-art planet hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (dubbed TESS for short), has been launched towards a designated Earth’s orbit atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in an attempt to scour our cosmic neighborhood for more exoplanets, rocky worlds outside our solar system that orbit their host stars.

Iraqi official opposes Arab army in Syria

16 hours 24 min ago
Iraq does not agree with deployment of Arab troops in Syria, said the Iraqi national security advisor on Thursday.

Iran women’s team hammers Thailand 7-0 in futsal scrimmage

16 hours 50 min ago
The Iran women's national futsal team has trounced Thailand in a scrimmage as it is preparing for the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Futsal Championship.

Iran signs $2.4b deal with local company in oil industry

17 hours 8 min ago
National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) signed a long-term $2.4 billion agreement with local firm Pasargad Energy Development Company (PEDC) for the development of the Sepehr and Jofair oil fields.

Macron to meet Merkel to push for EU reform plans

17 hours 10 min ago
French President Emmanuel Macron is due in Germany on Thursday for a working meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in an attempt to hammer out a common position with Berlin on his agenda for Europe-wide reforms, amid political opposition to that agenda inside Germany.

5.9 earthquake strikes Bushehr Province in southern Iran

17 hours 13 min ago
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake has jolted the Iranian southern province of Bushehr, with no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

36th FIFF opens in Tehran

17 hours 34 min ago
Art & Culture Desk

6 healthy diet and exercise habits that don’t help you lose weight

18 hours 10 min ago
If you want to lose weight, sweating it out in the gym lifting weights regularly may not be enough to reach your fitness goals. There are times when your daily food and exercise habits can backfire without you knowing it.

Japan seems to bend under US pressure on trade

18 hours 28 min ago
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reluctantly agreed to enter into trade negotiations with the United States, whose president has repeatedly pressured Tokyo to accept new terms in bilateral trade.

Kyrgyzstan cabinet loses confidence vote

18 hours 38 min ago
Kyrgyzstan’s parliament voted to express no confidence in the government of Prime Minister Sapar Isakov on Thursday amid an apparent power struggle between the president and a leader of the ruling party.

Greece needs post-bailout arrangement to help reforms: EU

19 hours 20 min ago
Greece needs a new arrangement with its euro zone government creditors after it exits its bailout on Aug. 20 to make sure that reforms continue to be implemented and budget discipline is maintained, EU Economic Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said.

India is world’s sixth largest economy at $2.6 trillion, says IMF

19 hours 26 min ago
India is now the world’s sixth largest economy, displacing France. The five economies ahead are the United States, China, Japan, Germany and United Kingdom.

Domestic production of petrochemical products exceeds 53mn tons

19 hours 36 min ago
The overall production of Iranian petrochemical complexes by the end of last Iranian calendar year on March 20, 2018 amounted to 53.629 million tons.

Gates backs gene technologies in fight to end malaria

19 hours 49 min ago
Gene-editing technologies that alter mosquitoes’ DNA could prove critical in the fight against malaria, Bill Gates said on Wednesday, and ethical concerns should not block progress in such gene-modifying research.

Ayurveda can make menopause easier for women, here’s your perfect diet

20 hours 39 min ago
Ayurveda can help women deal with menopause by easing the complications. To ensure your life isn’t interrupted by menopause, here are some smart diet choices you must make.

Iran ready for any JCPOA-related scenario: Deputy FM

20 hours 49 min ago
Iran has warned that it is well prepared to deal with any possible scenario related to the future of the country's nuclear agreement with world powers, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Yemen shoots down American drone

20 hours 56 min ago
The Yemeni air defense units shot down an American MQ9 drone in the western province of Al-Hudaydah Wednesday, Al-Mayadeen news network quoting a military source said. It did not provide further details.

Trump denies Russia investigation was behind Comey firing

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:02
US President Donald Trump has denied firing FBI director James Comey last year over investigating the Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

Russian Navy gets new nuclear sub, warships

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:52
The Russian Navy has expanded its strategic capabilities by commissioning a nuclear submarine, three new warships, two helicopters and a number of home-made Kalibr cruise missiles.

Facebook to comply with future EU rules

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:46
Facebook announced Wednesday it would begin rolling out changes to how it handles private data this week to comply with forthcoming EU rules, with European residents seeing the measures first.

Bahrain court sentences 32 anti-regime activists to jail

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:32
A court in Bahrain has sentenced 32 anti-regime activists to jail over their alleged role in an attack on a police station in the capital more than a year ago.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May says 'Windrush generation' are British, will not be deported

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:19
UK Prime Minister Theresa May says the Windrush generation -- African-Caribbean people who immigrated to Britain after World War ll as cheaper labor – are British and her government will not deport them.

World to mark Day of Sa’adi, master of Persian prose and poetry

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:12
Aficionados of literature across the world and in Persian-speaking countries are preparing to commemorate the Day of Sa’adi of Shiraz, the world-renowned Persian poet and literary scholar of the medieval period.

60 percent of French voters unhappy with Macron

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:48
Nearly sixty percent of French voters are unhappy with President Emmanuel Macron, a survey said Wednesday, with strikes and protests growing as the ambitious young reformer prepares to mark a year in office.

Trump says CIA chief met North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:33
US President Donald Trump has confirmed that CIA director Mike Pompeo recently traveled to Pyongyang for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Israeli fire injures five Palestinians near Gaza border: Health ministry

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:21
At least five people have sustained injuries in Israeli artillery shelling in the besieged Gaza Strip amid weeks-long anti-occupation demonstrations.

Russia warns of ‘painful’ retaliation in face of US sanctions

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:04
The speaker of the Russian upper house of parliament has warned of “serious consequences” of the US sanctions imposed on Russia, saying Moscow’s response will be "precise and painful."

Extremist leader killed in Egypt's Sinai: Army

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:47
Egypt's military said Wednesday it had killed an extremist leader in the Sinai Peninsula, where the Daesh group is carrying out an insurgency.

President Erdogan declares June 24 for snap elections in Turkey

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:33
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that presidential and parliamentary elections slated for November next year would be held in late June.

ECO in path of promoting regional synergy

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:19
The 23rd meeting of the Council of Ministers (COM) of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) was held on Tuesday in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe and Iran was appointed as the organization's secretary general for a three-year period ending 2020.

Prehistoric rock art site unearthed in India

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:15
A prehistoric rock art site discovered in the vast expanse of limestone blocks on the eastern banks of Naguleru near Dachepalli has thrown light on the Neolithic civilization that flourished in India's Guntur during 1500-2000 BCE.

EU warns no Brexit deal without Ireland solution

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:53
Britain must come up with a solution for the Irish border after Brexit or there will be no divorce deal or transition period, EU President Donald Tusk warned on Wednesday.

German unions, employers agree pay hike for public sector workers

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:49
German unions and employers ended marathon pay talks early on Wednesday with a phased agreement to boost the pay of more 2 million public sector workers by some 7.5 percent over two-and-a-half years.

Rouhani: Boosting Tehran-Ankara ties beneficial for both nations

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:40
President Hassan Rouhani stated that the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey enjoy ample historical and cultural commonalities and further deepening of bilateral, regional and international relations between the two countries beneficial for peace and stability in the region and the world.

Raptors, Celtics cruise to 2-0 series leads

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:26
DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points to match his career high in the playoffs, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 14 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the visiting Washington Wizards, 130-119, on Tuesday night.

Russia, Iran can extend oil supplies agreement for five years

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:23
Russian Energy Ministry is working with Iran on extending the agreement on oil supplies to Russia under the oil-for-goods program for five years, Minister Alexander Novak told reporters.

Iran bans gov’t bodies from using foreign message apps

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:18
The Iranian government has banned all state bodies from using foreign-based messaging apps to communicate with citizens, state media reported on Wednesday.

Iranian trio picked among Asia’s best

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:05
Three Iranian international strikers Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Sardar Azmoun and Reza Qoochannejad were picked among the 10 best Asian footballers across the globe over the past 12 months by FourFourTwo magazine.

Erdogan calls Turkey snap polls for June 24

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:54
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called snap elections in Turkey for June 24, bringing the polls forward by over a year-and-a-half after a call from his main nationalist ally.

Iran switches from dollar to euro for official reporting currency

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:49
Iranian government institutions will start reporting foreign currency amounts in euros rather than US dollars, as part of efforts to reduce reliance on US currency.

Zarif to depart for US tomorrow

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:39
Political Desk

Iran to get 14 ATR, Airbus, Boeing aircraft this year

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:36
Iran will receive 14 new passenger aircraft this year based on agreements signed with Airbus, Boeing and ATR planemakers, said a former deputy roads and urban development minister.

Results of US military involvement in Middle East

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:31
By our staff writer

Fajr Film Market open for business

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:01
Each year, Fajr becomes the largest trade hub for the film industry in the region and beyond, and this year is no exception.

French rail workers press on with strike after lawmakers pass reform

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:54
Striking French rail workers disrupted train services for the seventh day this month on Wednesday, spurning government calls to end the industrial action over reforms at the state-owned SNCF railway company.

Trump says 'good relationship' formed with North Korea

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:36
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday confirmed that his CIA chief secretly met with Kim Jong-un in North Korea and said "a good relationship was formed" heading into the adversaries' anticipated summit.

UEFA president 'worried' over use of VAR at World Cup

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:12
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin expressed concern over the decision to employ the video replay system (VAR) at the 2018 World Cup, saying the technology still needed more testing before it can be considered for use in the Champions League.

World Cup return on cards for Neymar after injury recovery

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:03
Brazil international Neymar hopes to be fit for this summer's World Cup and said he will return to training from a broken foot on May 17.

Long-term unemployment in South Korea hits highest level

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:57
The number of long-term South Korean unemployed jobseekers, those unable to find work for over six months, exceeded 150,000 in the first quarter of this year, the highest tallied in 18 years, Statistics Korea said.

Enemy spy agencies have failed to confront Islamic Republic: Leader

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:25
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says enemies have waged a large-scale intelligence war against Iran, but their spy agencies have so far failed to do any harm to the country.

OIC sports ministers conference kicks off in Baku

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:19
The OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) Conference of Youth and Sports Ministers started work Wednesday in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Southwest Airlines jet engine 'explosion' leaves woman dead

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:28
A woman who was partially sucked out of a window of a US passenger plane after an engine exploded in mid-air has died.

Iran, Turkey urge closer anti-narcotics coop

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:07
The anti-narcotics police of Iran and Turkey in their second meeting urged serious fight against drugs smuggling.

Former US first lady Barbara Bush dies aged 92

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:35
Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92.

Road to homeownership gets rockier for Americans

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:33
Road to homeownership gets rockier for Americans

Wind energy takes a toll on birds, but now there's help

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:32
With more than 50,000 wind turbines in place across the US, wind power now accounts for eight percent of the nation's energy-generating capacity — and experts predict that figure could rise to 20 percent by 2030.

Archeologists discover pulpit of historic mosque in Fariman

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:28
The discovery of columns with acrography, plaster floor with brick carpeting, triplet brick columns, the pulpit of the mosque and so on are part of the archeological findings in the research plan in the historical Sangbast site in Fariman, Khorasan Razavi Province.

First global CO₂ maps published using China's TanSat data

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:26
Scientists have published the first global CO₂ maps compiled using data collected by China's TanSat.

China imposes anti-dumping deposits on US sorghum

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:19
China has announced a hefty anti-dumping move against US sorghum imports, as a multi-billion dollar tit-for-tat trade spat between the two nations continues.

Tropical logging harms downstream water quality

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:15
New research suggested even the most sustainable forms of logging in tropical forests can compromise water quality downstream.

South Korea ‘mulling over peace deal’ with North

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:11
South Korea is considering changing a decades-long armistice deal with North Korea to a peace agreement, as the leaders of the long-time rivals prepare for a historic summit later this month.

Eurozone investors race up chart of US debt owners

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:05
Eurozone investors have been the biggest overseas net buyers of US debt securities in the past half-decade, a trend that could reverse as the European Central Bank continues to tighten monetary policy, according to new research.

Iran defense minister in Baghdad for talks on security issues

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:02
Iranian defense minister arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday to hold talks with the Iraqi officials on ways to widen security cooperation.

Engineers develop technique to make adaptive materials

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:00
Engineers at the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the University of Maryland have developed a technique that causes a composite material to become stiffer and stronger on-demand when exposed to ultraviolet light.

UN human right experts condemn Israeli attacks on Palestinians

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:57
UN human rights experts have condemned the deadly suppression of unarmed Palestinians by security forces of the Zionist regime of Israel.

Miniature human brain implants survive, grow inside mice for months

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:56
Miniature human brains, or human brain organoids, can survive and grow after being implanted in the skulls of mice. It's the first time human cerebral organoids have been installed inside another species.

Number of German banks declines while fintechs attack

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:54
Even before Bundesbank will publish its annual statistics on the consolidation in the German banking industry in May, there are already indications that the total number of banks and branches has dropped even further. Banks from abroad or those focusing on very specific customer groups are among the few that are expanding.

China launches cloud platform to facilitate scientists

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:53
The Chinese Academy of Sciences launched a scientific cloud platforms to provide scientists with accessible, accurate and secure data services to drive research and innovation.

Study details meteorite diamonds from a lost planet

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:50
New analysis of a slice of a meteorite containing unusual diamonds suggest the space rock came from a long lost planet.

Iran marks National Army Day with military parade

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:42
Iran commemorates National Army Day with a large-scale military parade, showcasing the country’s defense preparedness and latest achievements in this sector.

Exercise in, vitamin D out for preventing falls

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:35
With aging often comes worry about falls and the bone fractures they cause.

This bizarre stretch will help you to fall asleep easier and faster

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:33
Sleep has vital health benefits, including helping the body to function properly.

Migraine: New drug works when others fail

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:29
A new migraine medication — one of the first bespoke drugs for decades — appears to work well even when others have failed, researchers said.

Children's health is disproportionately affected by climate change

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 03:52
Rising temperatures, drought, and weather disasters can threaten people’s health. Nobody is exempt. But …

Scotland's highest paid doctors are mainly men

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 03:33
Scotland's top earning senior doctors are overwhelmingly men, BBC research has found.