'Iran, Lebanon Support Diplomatic Settlement of Crisis in Syria'

 A senior Iranian official says that Iran and Lebanon have common views about the importance of solving the nearly six-year crisis in Syria only through diplomatic approaches.

The Iranian Parliament speaker's special advisor on international affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, made the comment while speaking to reporters in the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Monday following a meeting with the country’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, according to Press TV.

“We believe that a political solution is the only way to solve the crisis in Syria,” he said.

11 Killed in Suicide Attack in al-Rukban Camp near Jordanian-Syrian Borders

AMMAN, (ST)-  Within the framework of the growing conflict among terrorist organizations, a suicide bomber on Saturday blew himself up in al-Rukban refugee camp near the Jordanian-Syrian borders.

According to media outlets, the suicide bomber  was driving a small truck when he blew himself up near a postition for the so-called "Clans Army" in the camp.

11 people were killed and 14 others were injured in the explosion.

No party has claimed responsibility for the attack, but camp's sources suggested that Daesh terror organization was behind the blast.

Iraqi Forces Ready to Start 2nd Phase of Anbar Liberation Operation

The Iraqi forces have prepared to kick off the second phase of the liberation operation in the Western part of al-Anbar province.

"As the first phase of al-Anbar liberation operation has come to an end, Iraq's joint military forces are now ready to fight the ISIL terrorists in the province in the second phase of the operation," Haditha Region Police Chief Farouq al-Juqeifi told reporters on Saturday.

Al-Juqeifi said that the first phase of the military operations will focus on winning back al-Sakra and al-Zawiya areas under ISIL control in Anbar province.

President Rouhani Praises Bravery, Sacrifices of Plasco Firefighters, Rescue Workers

 President Hassan Rouhani praised bravery and sacrifices of the firefighters engaged in the Plasco building fire rescue operations while he toured the site of the destructive inferno that brought down the 17-storey trade center on Thursday, IRNA reported.

President Rouhani visited the site of the catastrophic fire Saturday morning to inspect the process of search and rescue operations for the trapped firefighters who were buried under rubbles when the huge building collapsed.

New Turkish Constitution Changes Reminiscent of Turkey's Ottoman History

Turkish lawmakers have voted in favor of a controversial "reform" bill that would grant additional executive powers to President of the Turkish regime Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

A total of 339 Turkish legislators voted on Saturday for a constitutional reform bill with 142 against the changes.

The constitutional changes would allow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to serve two five-year tenures in office, meaning he could be leading Turkey until 2029, Press TV reported.

The new mechanism would also enable the president to appoint and dismiss government officials at his own discretion.

The president would further be able to be a party member, thus giving Erdogan a permit to return to the AKP leadership.