Posts Tagged ‘Minister’

Iran to cut US access to domestic android applications: Minister

Iran’s minister of telecommunications says that the country is planning to equip mobile devices in the country with a special operating system that would prevent the United States government from banning Iran-made mobile applications. Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said on Thursday that the new operating system would be a bespoke version of Android, a […]

Iran to boost Internet speed: ICT Minister

IRNA – Iran’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology wrote in a tweet that Iran is to increase the speed of the Internet fourfold. “From tomorrow ADSL can be changed to VDSL, which is four times faster,” wrote Mohammad-Javad Azari-Jahromi. The high-speed Internet is based on VDS (very high bitrate subscriber line) or one of […]

Israel’s gay justice minister to Luxembourg’s gay PM: You shun us, but not Iran?

Justice Minister Amir Ohana took Luxembourg’s prime minister to task Tuesday over his boycott of a farewell dinner for the Israeli ambassador a day earlier. Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, who is gay, said he did so in protest of comments by Israel’s education minister over the weekend in support of the practice of “conversion therapy” […]

Minister vows uninterrupted sale of Iran’s oil

Tasnim – Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh assured the country’s lawmakers on Tuesday that the export of oil will not come to a halt under any circumstances. Speaking to Tasnim, Iranian MP Ali Sari gave details of a Tuesday meeting of a parliamentary group with the oil minister, saying Zanganeh has noted that his […]

Israeli education minister favours gay ‘conversion therapy’

Israel’s education minister voiced support on Saturday for so-called gay “conversion therapy”, reported Reuters. The current Israeli government’s religious-rightist tilt has already worried liberals at home and backers abroad. Conversion therapy, an attempt to alter sexual orientation or gender identity through psychological, spiritual and, in extreme cases, physical means, has been widely […]

‘Disgrace to French nation’: Greek ex-finance minister scraps with police at Paris airport (VIDEO)

“You are a disgrace to the French nation,” Varoufakis is heard saying to a French Border Police officer in footage posted on YouTube. The incident was filmed at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport after the officer who was checking passports at the exit ramp from an Athens flight allegedly pushed the former finance minister. According to […]

Netanyahu slams minister for gay conversion therapy remark… stays mum on Palestinian comment

Rafi Peretz said he believes “it’s possible” that gay people can be converted to be heterosexual. “I can tell you I have a very deep knowledge of education,” he told Channel 12 News on Saturday, before adding that he himself has carried out conversions, Haaretz reports. Also on Netanyahu opens Trump Heights – a […]

New Greek minister denies ‘dark’ anti-Semitic past

ATHENS — A newly-appointed Greek minister with a long history on the far-right denied anti-Semitic beliefs Saturday after a prominent Greek Jewish official charged he had a “dark past.” “I have never been an anti-Semite,” said Makis Voridis, who was appointed agriculture minister by new conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis after last week’s election. Voridis […]

‘Sad sight’, ‘disgrace’ to see French minister caught throwing lavish parties on taxpayer money

Ecology Minister Francois de Rugy often campaigns for government transparency and has criticized other politicians involved in financial scandals. He got a taste of his own medicine earlier this week when investigative website Mediapart alleged that he hosted more than 10 luxurious dinner parties in which the guests enjoyed lobster, as well as fine wine and […]

US will not blacklist Iran’s foreign minister, for now

Reuters – The United States has decided not to impose sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for now, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday, in a sign Washington may be holding a door open for diplomacy. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on June 24 had said Zarif would be blacklisted that […]

Iran to hold upcoming elections mostly electronically: Interior minister

Tasnim – Iran plans to hold the upcoming parliamentary elections using electronic voting machines in most parts of the country, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said. Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Thursday, Rahmani Fazli said the Interior Ministry staged the 2017 presidential elections electronically in 140 counties. “Currently, we are in talks with the […]

Iran Minister Warns That US Bases Are ‘Within Range’ of Their Missiles

BEIRUT, LEBANON  (10:30 P.M.) – Iran’s Minister of Cultural and Social Affairs Hussein Najat said on Tuesday that his country’s forces would destroy U.S. aircraft carriers in Gulf waters if any folly against Iran were committed. “American bases in the region are in the range of Iranian missiles,” Najat said. “Our missiles will target U.S. […]

Iran must sort out China’s role in South Pars gas field: Minister

Iran’s oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has said that the country is seeking to put an end to ambiguities surrounding China’s presence in a major investment project in South Pars gas field. Zanganeh told the Iranian state TV late on Sunday that Iran had rejected a request from China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) to […]

Oil Minister Zanganeh says hopeful Iran’s oil exports will improve: TV

Reuters – Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Sunday that he was very hopeful of an improvement in the country’s crude exports, state TV reported, in spite of tightened U.S. sanctions on Tehran’s main source of income. His comments came as Iran faces further U.S. sanctions after announcing on Sunday it will shortly boost […]

Norway Ex-Minister Guilty Of Coercing Male Asylum Seekers Into Sex To Avoid Deportation

A former Norweigian cabinet member was sentenced to five years in prison for exploiting his position to sexually abuse three asylum seekers for six years, according to the BBC.  Svein Ludvigsen, 72, was found guilty of abusing the three men while he was the regional governor of Troms, a county north of the Arctic Circle, between 2011 and 2017. […]

Iran oil minister has no problem with output cut, slams ‘unilateralism’

   Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Monday he has no problem with output cuts by OPEC, but poured scorn on what he called “unilateralism” among some members of the producer group. “I have no problem with a production cut. The main challenge to OPEC is unilateralism. The members need to discuss and decide […]

Foreign minister: Iran’s enriched uranium stocks exceed 300kg

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the country has increased the level of its low-enriched uranium production to over 300 kilograms as had been already announced by the country in line with Articles 26 and 36 of a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action […]

Foreign minister: Iran’s encircled uranium stocks exceed 300kg

Press TV – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the country has increased the level of its low-enriched uranium production to over 300 kilograms as had been already announced by the country in line with Articles 26 and 36 of a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan […]

Israel’s Transportation Minister works for God

“I work for God”, said the newly appointed Israeli Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich upon his appointment last week.  Smotrich made it clear that he does not work for Netnayahu as such, but for God, and for the “people of Israel,” codified Hebrew language for “Jews”: I am not the prime minister’s man, I am a […]

Former Optus Director appointed Minister of Communications

Paul Fletcher was once a Director at Optus. Photo: SMH The Australian government has appointed Paul Fletcher, a former Optus Director, as the new Communications Minister — responsible for advising cabinet and regulating projects from 5G to ‘smart cities’. Telecommunications giants have welcomed the new announcement, while many critics are calling the appointment a fundamental […]

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