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Greek, Cypriot Navies Intercept Huge Arms Shipment to Terrorists in Syria

The Greek and Cypriot naval forces have intercepted a shipload of various types of weapons in international waters off the Syrian coasts, reports said, adding that the cargo was bound for armed rebels fighting against the Syrian government in Syria, according to FNA.

The intercepted ship has been under surveillance for the past two months, A-Sharq Al-Jadid news website quoted some European sources as saying.

“The ship was scheduled to discharge its weapons in Al-Hamidiya region in Tartous, but it was seized in Rodes naval base and initial inspection revealed that the ship was carrying various types of weapons and 280 Libyan and Egyptian nationals,” the sources said.

A large amount of different weapons and ammunition, including S4 and liquid S5, have been seized from the ship.

All the 280 Libyan and Egyptian nationals have also been arrested.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are main supporters of terrorists in Syria supplying them with weapons and also political support.   

Last month, informed sources revealed that Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah has recently taken a secret trip to Turkey to meet the" Free Syrian Army" (FSA) Commander SalimIdris.

"Al-Attiyah’s visit has taken place in line with the efforts made by Qatar to coordinate and unite the Syrian "opposition forces", which include armed rebels and terrorist groups," an informed Arab media source, who asked for anonymity, told FNA.

Saudi Arabia, one of the biggest spenders of the foreign-sponsored war in Syria, is turning to Pakistan to train militants, repeating a partnership that once failed in Afghanistan, a new report said.

On Thursday, The Foreign Policy Magazine wrote in an article that Saudi Arabia is embarking on a major new effort to train "rebels".

The article cites three sources with knowledge of the program that say Riyadh has enlisted the help of Pakistani instructors to do it.

According to the sources Pakistan could be given the responsibility for training about 5,000-10,000 "militants" from two brigades.

The decision came after signs of rift in relations between Washington and Riyadh became evident.

Terrorists in  Syria are facing with deep divisions and rivalries with every now and then several of them pledging alliance together to form independent armies.


Iran's Rouhani: Nuclear Rights, Uranium Enrichment ’Red Lines’

TEHRAN-Iranian President Hasan Rouhani said Sunday Iran will not abandon its nuclear rights, including the uranium enrichment, Iranian media outlets reported.

"The rights of the Iranian nation and our national interests are a red line. So are nuclear rights under the framework of international regulations, which include enrichment on Iranian soil," Rouhani told the Iranian parliament.

According to the Iranian media, Rouhani's remarks came a day after intensive negotiations with world powers, despite making progress, failed so far to produce a long-elusive deal in exchange for sanctions relief.

Rouhani said Iran would "not bow to threats from any power", while also insisting that sanctions battering Iran's ailing economy had not forced it to the negotiating table.

"We have practically and verbally told the negotiating sides that threats, sanctions, humiliation and discrimination will never produce a result," he said.

The Iranian President also indicated that successful nuclear talks will enhance security and stability in the region and the world, underlying that that without Iran's presence at regional and international arenas, problems would not be properly solved or will be costly resolved.


Iran, six powers hold 3rd day of talks in Geneva

Iran and six major world powers are holding a third day of negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva over Tehran’s nuclear energy program, according to Press TV.

The talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US- plus Germany stretched into an unscheduled third day as negotiators pressed for a deal on Iran’s civilian nuclear work.

Top officials from both sides described the two days of intense negotiations in Geneva as constructive.

On Friday, US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, French Foreign Minister Lauren Fabius and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle joined the talks in Geneva.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and a Chinese deputy foreign minister are also to participate in the talks.

On Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and Kerry held five hours of intense negotiations.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described a possible agreement in the course of the nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers as a “bad deal".


Zionist entity "prime suspect" behind Yasser Arafat's death, chief Palestinian investigator says

Israel is the sole suspect for the 2004 death of Yasser Arafat, the leader of an official Palestinian investigation into the affair said on Friday,according to the Telegraph.

Yasser Arafat not only upset the Israelis, but also some of those on his own side Yasser Arafat died in France on November 11, 2004 at the age of 75, but doctors were unable to specify the cause of death.

The head of a Palestinian committee investigating the death of Yasser Arafat has identified Israel as the "prime and only" suspect in his "assassination" following a scientific report backing claims that the late guerilla leader was deliberately poisoned.

In the first authoritative response from the Palestinian Authority [PA] to a Swiss report suggesting that Arafat suffered radioactive polonium poisoning before his death in 2004, Tawfik Tirawi said it was clear that he did not die of old age, chronic illness or from natural causes.

"The basis [of the investigation] is to find who stands behind the assassination of Yasser Arafat and who had the technical and scientific resources for that," Mr Tirawi, head of an official inquiry team, told a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah. "We say that Israel is the prime and only suspect to be accused and we will continue to have a complete investigation of the to find out all the details and factors of the case."

Mr Tirawi blamed Israel a day after several official Israeli officials stated publicly on Thursday that the government of former prime minister Ariel Sharon - who was in office when Arafat died - was not responsible. While many Palestinians have long pointed the finger at Israel, there has also been speculation that the late leader may have been poisoned by a member of his own inner circle before he suddenly fell ill in October 2004.

A 108-page report compiled by Swiss scientists at a research laboratory in Lausanne found more than18-times the normal level of polonium-210 in samples of Arafat's remains, which were disinterred from his tomb a year ago.


Zarif: Iran Not to Negotiate Over Its Rights

Iran will never make a compromise over its rights, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said after his French counterpart Laurent Fabius called on Tehran earlier today to make certain concessions to make progress in the talks with the World powers possible,according to FNA.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran makes no deal over its right," Zarif told reporters after a hectic and successful day of diplomacy in meetings with the representatives of the six world powers (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) in Geneva Thursday night.

Fabius was quoted by AFP as saying in a TV interview earlier today that Iran should make certain concessions in its nuclear program as demanded by the world powers in a bid to make it possible for the nuclear talks to move ahead.

In similar remarks, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi also strongly rejected some Israeli media reports alleging that Iran had accepted to suspend its nuclear enrichment program for 6 months, and said, “Enrichment is important to us and is our redline.”

Elsewhere in his remarks tonight, Zarif described the meetings between the Iranian negotiators and their Group 5+1 counterparts as "very good".

Zarif pointed out that EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who presides over the delegations of the world powers in the talks with Iran, needed to make certain consultations with the G5+1 delegations, especially with the American team, and said once these consultations and coordination are made, the Iranian and world powers' delegations will continue the negotiations today.

Ashton's Spokesman Michael Mann also said Thursday evening that Ashton would have a breakfast meeting with the Group 5+1 negotiators to work out a final view over Iran's proposal and then attend a meeting with Zarif Friday morning.

The negotiating teams of Iran and the six world powers (Russia, China, the US, France and Britain plus Germany) had a 45-minute session of talks in Geneva Thursday morning followed by a quadrilateral meeting between the Iranian delegation and their German, French and British counterparts, and several more bilateral meetings between the Iranian negotiators and their Russian, Chinese and American counterparts.

At the end of the meetings, Iran's senior negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi told FNA that Iran and the six world powers are likely to draft an agreement on Friday to start resolving their decade-long nuclear standoff.

Araqchi described the sideline-meetings as "very good" and "useful", but said, "It is still too early to have an assessment. But, I personally have more hopes now, and am more optimistic than this morning."

"Iran's talks with the three European countries were very useful and the bilateral talks, including the ones with the US, Russia and China, were good too," he continued.