Most Iranians back nuclear deal with West, says Zarif

April 28, 2014 - 1:38:23 am

DUBAI: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said yesterday he saw a good chance for a nuclear deal with the West because “most Iranians” were in favour of it, playing down resistance from Islamic hardliners. “Some factions have no interest in reaching an agreement due to political reasons, but what counts at the end is the vote of the majority of Iranian people,” Zarif told a joint news conference in Tehran with visiting Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. He was referring to the landslide victory in last July’s presidential election of Hassan Rowhani, after he pledged to end sanctions imposed on Iran by the US and its Western allies in order to force Tehran to open its nuclear programme to outside scrutiny.

Bahrain sentences eight Shias to life

MANAMA: Bahrain’s Supreme Criminal Court has sentenced eight Shias to life in prison for their part in the killing of a policeman in a bomb blast in November, the prosecutor’s office said yesterday. The Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab kingdom and host of the US Fifth Fleet has struggled with unrest since mass pro-democracy protests, led by the majority Shia population but also included some Sunnis, erupted in 2011.

Turkey detains US journalist, Syrians 

ISTANBUL: Turkish security forces yesterday  detained an American journalist and two Syrians as they tried to cross a river flowing from Syria into southern Turkey by raft, the army said.