Russian Military Operation in Syria Serves World's Interests – Iranian Official

Russia's military operation in Syria was aimed at curtailing the threat of terrorism and benefited the international community, Dr. Akbari Jeddi, special representative of the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, told Sputnik, while commenting on the joint March 15 Russo-Iranian conference on countering extremism.

On March 15, Moscow hosted a research and practical conference entitled "Counteraction to radical and extremist trends." The event was organized in cooperation with the Moscow Islamic Institute and the cultural representation of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Russian Federation. Dr. Akbari Jeddi, the special representative of the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Russia, shared his views on Russo-Iranian cooperation in the field of fighting extremism.

Mogherini Rejects New EU Sanction on Iran

The European Union (EU) Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini has refuted certain media reports suggesting new sanctions against Iran.

 “No, there is no proposal of additional sanctions against Iran. The focus today will be on continuing the full implementation of the nuclear deal. All three, but also Russia, China, the United States and Iran, just assessed on Friday that the deal is being implemented and that we all stay committed to its full implementation,” Mogherini said at the Foreign Affairs Council in response to a question regarding France, the UK and Germany aim to sanction Iran.

Xi Jinping Unanimously Elected China's President

BEIJING- Xi Jinping was elected Chinese president by a unanimous vote Saturday morning at the ongoing session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC).

Thunderous applause reverberated in the Great Hall of the People when the election result was announced.

Xi was also elected chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) by a unanimous vote, according to Xinhua news agency.

Right after the election, Xi took a public oath of allegiance to the Constitution.

"I pledge to be allegiant to the Constitution of the PRC, safeguard the Constitution's authority, fulfill my legal obligations, be loyal to the country and the people, be committed and honest in my duty, accept the people's supervision and work for a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful," he said.

Trump Spearheading Anti-Iran Policies, Says Analyst

With changes in the US government, US President Donald Trump is after creating an anti-Iranian atmosphere in line with him, said an expert on international relations.

'Washington is getting ready to face its target zones in a new era,' said Mahdi Motaharnia, regarding the recent change in the US executive branch in which Rex Tillerson was ousted to be replaced by Mike Pompeo as the secretary of state.

Motahnia said Trump is planning to encounter serious obstacles of the US toward creating a monopoly for the future of the world, which is desired by the US, in the framework of chaos paradigm and mad man actor doctrine.

Vladimir Putin Decisively Re-elected as Russian President – Preliminary Results

MOSCOW -Incumbent Russian leader Vladimir Putin is set to secure a resounding victory in the Russian presidential election, according to partial results made public by the electoral commission.

Vladimir Putin is now leading with 76% percent of the vote, well above the simple majority needed to avoid a run-off.

At the 2012 presidential elections, Putin scored 63.60% of votes.

Putin speaks from His Election campaign HQ after presidential election results announced

President Putin made an address in his electoral campaign headquarters after election results were announced.

He expressed gratitude to all his supporters and voters, stating that the election results clearly indicate that the people support his political course, despite the hard times Russia recently went through.

Speaking with the reporters at his HQ, Putin addressed the hottest political issues. The president commented on the Skripal case and the accusations the UK has raised against Russia. Putin dismissed them, stating that it was “nonsense and absurd to claim that Russia would do anything like that before the elections and the World Cup.”

Russians Head to Polls in Presidential Election

Russians are casting their ballots in the presidential election, as polls opened from the Far East region of Kamchatka to the western exclave of Kaliningrad. Eight candidates are vying for the post of president.

The vote will last for a total of 22 hours, as Russians across all the country’s 11 time zones, spanning from Kamchatka and Chukotka in the East to the westernmost enclave of Kaliningrad, will be heading to polls on Sunday according to RT.

First polling stations welcomed early voters at 8:00 am local time [20:00 GMT] on Saturday in Kamchatka and Chukotka regions, followed by the island of Sakhalin an hour later. In Moscow, the voting started nine hours later, at 5:00 am GMT, and will proceed until the polls close at 8:00 pm [17:00 GMT.]

US Senator Corker Suggests Trump to Pull out Iran Nuclear Deal in May

Republican US Senator Bob Corker while giving an interview to CBS news, has hinted that Trump will pull out the deadline for the president to issue a new waiver to suspend Iran sanctions as part of the deal.

"The Iran deal will be another issue that's coming up in May, and right now it doesn't feel like it's gonna be extended," Republican US Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on the CBS "Face the Nation" program.

Corker inferred that the realities of the general preparation needed for the meeting will take "awhile." The location of the meeting has yet to be settled.

"I think the president likely will move away from it unless my, our European counterparts really come together on a framework. And it doesn't feel to me that they are," he said.

Presidential Election Kicks off in Russia

MOSCOW-  Russia’s presidential election has begun in the Far East. Residents of the country’s easternmost regions - Kamchatka and Chukotka - are the first to cast their votes.

Eighty-five Russian regions cover eleven time zones. While it is still Saturday night in most Russian regions, it is 08.00 a.m. Sunday in Kamchatka and Chukotka, when polling stations open the doors for voters, Itar Tass reported.

How Russia votes

At midnight Moscow time, the Sakhalin and Magadan Regions will begin voting. At 01.00 Moscow time, the Primorsky and Khabarovsk Regions, eastern Yakutia will start casting their ballots. An hour later, the bulk of Yakutia will follow suit.

At 03.00 Moscow time, the presidential election will kick off in the Trans-Baikal and Irkutsk Regions, and an hour later, in the Krasnoyarsk, Kemerovo and Tuva Regions.