New Zealand PM Says Mosque Attacker will Face ‘Full Force of Law’

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the terrorist who killed scores of Muslims at two mosques in the country last Friday will face “the full force of the law.”

In a condolence speech in parliament on Tuesday, Ardern said she would also never speak the name of the 28-year-old Australian attacker, who she said “sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety.”

Kazakhstan’s President Announces Resignation

ASTANA - Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced on Tuesday that he will step down after 30 years in power.

"I made a decision to resign as president," Nazarbayev, 78, said in his televised address to the nation. "This year marks 30 years since I assumed the post of the country’s supreme leader. I was given the honor by my great nation to become the first president of independent Kazakhstan," Nazarbayev said.

On February 15, Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Council clarified Nazarbayev’s statement on Section 3 of Article 42 of the Constitution on a list of grounds for an early resignation. According to the council, the key law stipulates the right of the head of state to step down.

Iran, EU Agree to Continue Talks on Yemen

Following the Monday meeting between Iran and the European Union on the latest developments of Yemen in Brussels, the sides agreed to continue discussions in this format.

The fifth political consultation meeting between Iran and EU on regional issues, especially the status of Yemen, was held in Brussels on Monday.

Iran, Russia Agree on Peaceful Resolution to Venezuela Crisis

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the ongoing situation in Venezuela, and said both countries need to help international efforts to peacefully resolve the crisis.

“Iranian and Russian foreign policy chiefs have agreed to help international efforts to improve the situation in Venezuela based on the United Nations charter that urges for common understanding and establishing peace,' according to the Foreign Ministry Zarif and Lavrov said in their conversation on the phone.

Venezuela is gripped by another crisis that is threatening the government of President Nicolas Maduro. One month ago, the country’s Parliament Speaker Juan Guaidó declared himself as the Latin American country’s interim president and called for new elections.

Czech PM: The European Interest is to Prevail Security in Syria

Prague - The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babis stressed that it is in Europe's interest to resolve the crisis in Syria and that security and stability prevail in order to enable the Syrians displaced Syrians to return to their homeland.

"The situation in Syria must be resolved and the war should end and the reconstruction process begins and the people return to their homes. This requires cooperation with the Syrian government," Babis told Czech daily Leidovi Novini.

Mr. Babis pointed out that he raised the issue of the situation in Syria during his recent talks with US President Donald Trump in the White House because he is interested in humanitarian terms.

He said that Prague could be the perfect place to host a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold talks on resolving the crisis in Syria.

Mr. Babis announced last November that his country intends to coordinate with the Syrian government the establishment of a home for orphans in Syria, which includes a nursery, a school, a playground and a residence for 150 children.

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US Trying to Hide Positive Trends in Restoration of Peace in Syria

MOSCOW - The United States wants to prevent the inhabitants of Syria's Rukban camp and the international community from seeing how peace is gradually returning to Syria with the help of the government, the heads of the joint Russia-Syria coordination center on refugee repatriation said on Monday.

"The United States is trying to conceal from the international community as well as the [Rukban] camp residents the positive dynamics of the restoration of peace, which has been achieved thanks to the efforts made by the government of the Syrian Arab Republic with the support of Russia and other countries. Political and informational pressure is being exercised on those who express readiness to contribute to Syria's restoration," the statement said, according to Sputnik.

US assumes can return to Iran by intensifying pressure: Rouhani

TEHRAN– President Hassan Rouhani said Mon. that the United States wrongly assumes that by imposing the most severe sanctions on Iran, it can return to the country and take control of the Iranian people.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting on Monday, President Hassan Rouhani said that “Americans abandoned their commitments under the nuclear deal without any reason, and began imposing the most severe sanctions on us, assuming that by intensifying pressure, they can return to Iran.”

No peace without eradicating terror ideology, Larijani tells New Zealand counterpart

TEHRAN – In a message to his New Zealand counterpart Trevor Mallard on Friday, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said peace will never be achieved as long as ideology of terrorists is not eradicated.

The message came after coordinated terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday. 49 worshippers were killed and many others wounded in the attacks, according to Tehran Times.

Larijani said this crime shows that it is essential for all countries to be vigilant and cooperate in fighting terrorism.