Sabbagh: Iran Stood by Syria in the Harshest Times

TEHRAN-Syria’s top parliamentarian says Iran has helped Damascus foil major plots against the Arab country.  

 “Major plots hatched against Syria were all foiled through Iran-Syria cooperation,” Speaker of People's Council of Syria Hammouda Youssef Sabbagh said in a Wednesday meeting in Tehran with Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Press TV reported.

Sabbagh lauded Iran’s support for his country, saying that the Islamic Republic had stood by Syria in the harshest times.

Syrian Army restores control over 90 areas in Idleb so far

Hama/Idleb - Units of the Syrian Arab Army have restored 90 villages and towns in the southeastern countryside of Idleb after inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorist organizations’ ranks and equipment.

Field commanders said that more than 1,000 square kilometers of villages have been cleared of terrorism recently in Sinjar, al-Tamaniah and Abu al-Dohor, adding that the restoration of those villages will pave the way for the army units to implement military operations against Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist groups in Maaret al-Numan area and Saraqeb town which constitute the second line of terrorist groups towards the city of Idleb, SANA reported.

“As a result of the successful battles of the army units, the distance between the Syrian forces in the western countryside of Aleppo and the eastern countryside of Idleb reduced to less than two kilometers,” the commanders said.

US Cutting of Aid for UNRWA Censured

A United Nations agency aiding Palestinian refugees in the Middle East, UNRWA, has censured the United States over its decision to cut funding for the body by more than half.

“The US has announced it will contribute $60 million to the program budget. There is for the moment no other indication of possible funding,” UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness told AFP on Wednesday; a day after Washington made the move.

Syria's Alliance with Iran and Other Friends Led to Strategic Achievements in War on Terrorism: PA Speaker

TEHRAN, (ST)- Speaker of the People's Assembly (PA) Hammouda al-Sabbagh has stressed that Syria's alliance with Iran and other friends has resulted in strategic achievements in the war on terrorism and in eliminating the structure of Daesh terror organization as well as in the fight to clear the entire Syrian territory from the takfiri terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra and other affiliated groups.

In his statement on Wednesday at the 13th Session of the Parliamentary Union of the Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Tehran, Sabbagh said Syria is being targeted by a terrorist war because of its support for the Palestinian cause and resistance.

How flowering plants conquered the world

Scientists think they have the answer to a puzzle that baffled even Charles Darwin: How flowers evolved and spread to become the dominant plants on Earth.

Flowering plants, or angiosperms, make up about 90% of all living plant species, including most food crops, according to BBC.

In the distant past, they outpaced plants such as conifers and ferns, which predate them, but how they did this has has been a mystery.

New research suggests it is down to genome size - and small is better.