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Passenger Fails to Hijack Kabul-Mashhad Flight
TEHRAN (FNA)- Attempted hijack of an Afghan airliner flying from the capital city of Kabul to the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad failed after passengers and crew arrested the armed assailant.

Pakistani Politician Reveals US Attempts to Bar Peace Pipeline Progress
TEHRAN (FNA)- Leader of the Opposition Party at Pakistan's National Assembly Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan said US is pressurizing Islamabad to prevent the progress of the multi-billion-dollar pipeline project for exporting Iran's gas to Pakistan, and blasted the government for bowing to Washington's demands. ( 15:23:54 - 2010/05/05)

Official: Presidential Council Can Play Key Role in Settling Iraq's Crisis
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi Prime Minister's Media Advisor Yasin Majid reiterated on Sunday that the government can take a wide stride in soothing the country's crisis by holding presidential council meetings. ( 16:54:55 - 2010/05/02)

Azeri Official Underlines Strategic Partnership with Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior advisor to Azerbaijan's president underscored his country's commitment to pursue strategic partnership with regional powers, including Iran, Russia and Turkey. ( 15:45:32 - 2010/04/30)

Spokesman: Iraqiya Respects Court Decision on Vote Recount
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Spokesman for the Iraqiya alliance, a Sunni-Shiite alliance headed by Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, said that his alliance respects a federal court decision for recounting votes in Baghdad. ( 16:33:46 - 2010/04/20)

Afghan MP Unveils Western Forces' Involvement in Drug Trafficking
TEHRAN (FNA)- An Afghan lawmaker disclosed on Monday that the foreign forces deployed in Afghanistan are involved in the production and trafficking of illicit drugs in the country, adding that the British troops have even trained a number of experts for opium cultivation. ( 19:44:39 - 2010/04/19)

Turkish Official Stresses All States' Right to Use Peaceful N. Technology
TEHRAN (FNA)- Chairman of the Turkish Parliament's Commission for Foreign Relations Murad Marjan stressed that his country supports all countries' right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. ( 14:57:50 - 2010/04/16)

Afghan Lecturer: US Hindering Afghanistan's Closer Ties with Neighbors
TEHRAN (FNA)- An Afghan lecturer underlined the significant role of Afghanistan's neighbors in establishing security in the war-ravaged country, and lashed out at Washington for its efforts to hamper Kabul's closer ties with its neighbors. ( 16:03:05 - 2010/04/14)

Iraqi Spokesman: Baathists' Return to Power Unlikely
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi Government Spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh rejected the possibility for the return to power by Iraq's former Baath party and other terrorist groups in the country. ( 15:47:30 - 2010/04/12)

Pakistani MP Calls on Islamabad to Stay Away from Washington
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Pakistani lawmaker on Monday blamed terrorist attacks in his country on Islamabad's compliance with the United States' wrong policies, and asked Pakistani officials to distance themselves from Washington. ( 18:43:00 - 2010/04/05)

Iraqi Politician:
Respect for Values Condition for Membership in National Alliance

TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the southern branch of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC) said that the National Alliance has prepared a detailed plan for managing Iraq's affairs, underlining that all those who respect the country's national interests and values can join the Alliance. ( 17:26:20 - 2010/03/15)

Iraqi Politician: 'National Alliance' Preparing Plan for Future Gov't
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC) advisor reiterated on Saturday that the Iraqi National Alliance has prepared a complete plan to form the future government of the country, and said that the group shares close ideas with its competitor the State of Law coalition. ( 16:21:59 - 2010/03/13)

General Hamid Gol Describes US as "Axis of Evil" in Region
TEHRAN (FNA)- Former Director of Pakistan's Military Intelligence Organization General Hamid Gol described the United States as "the axis of evil", reiterating that Washington's policies have led to insecurity in the region. ( 17:14:52 - 2010/03/10)

Qureshi: Pakistan Eager to Establish Friendly Ties with All Neighbors
TEHRAN (FNA)- Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday underlined Islamabad's willingness to establish friendly relations with all neighboring countries, including India. ( 13:35:13 - 2010/03/07)

Iraqi Envoy: Financial Aids to Candidates not to Determine Elections Fate
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq's envoy to Tehran ensured that the financial aids extended by a number of foreign states to certain Iraqi candidates could not determine the fate of the country's upcoming parliamentary elections. ( 16:26:53 - 2010/03/06)

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