The IAEA delegation holding talks in Tehran hopes to finally inspect the Parchin military base, where Iran has allegedly tested elements of its nuclear program. Tehran has refused all previous attempts by the IAEA to get inside the compound.
Exactly one year ago, the EU agreed to several extreme measures to combat the ongoing economic crisis, to mixed results. But despite its unique economic distress, Greece shows no sign of cutting back its considerable military budget.
The French cabinet recently approved its “toughest budget in 30 years.” The budget is a major political test for President Francois Hollande, who is resorting to a 75% tax rate on the rich combined with spending cuts to shore up budget deficits.
Over 200,000 Syrians have fled to refugee camps over the last ten days as violence in the country continues to escalate. Some camps in neighboring countries are alleged to have turned into hotbeds for anti-Assad sentiment.
As opposition fighters in Syria are trying to build on the momentum gained by fierce clashes in the capital and Wednesday's bomb attack, RT’s Maria Finoshina reports from Damascus on the changes the city has undergone in just a few days.
Three key Syrian military officials including Defense Minister Gen. Daoud Rajha and President Bashar al-Assad’s brother-in-law Assef Shawkat, who served as his deputy, were killed at a top-level meeting in central Damascus.
Heavy gunfire continues in the Syrian capital despite official reports that Damascus was fully cleared from armed militants on Tuesday morning. RT’s Maria Finoshina says that blasts can be heard close to the city center.
The attack on the Syrian city of Tremseh, widely condemned by the West as civilian murder, actually targeted rebels and army defectors, says a UN investigation. The findings contradict opposition claims of civilian killings by Assad forces.
Palestinian refugees who fled the long struggle in their own region now wearily watch the Syrian civil war unfold. Despite efforts to stay out of the conflict, they still get caught in crossfire, with 17 Palestinians tortured and killed recently.
Before the gruesome pictures of Syrian political violence flooded the screens of all major networks across the globe, the image of Syria was shaped through its dominant television drama industry, portraying the country as a peaceful loving state.
UN peace envoy Kofi Annan is in Iran after finishing a round of talks with Syrian authorities in Damascus. The trip reinforces Annan's belief that Tehran is one of the key players in finding a solution to the conflict in Syria.