Iranians tell Palestinians to fight against Israel: state TV
By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranians took part in huge rallies across the country on Friday to show solidarity with Palestinians, urging them to keep up their struggle despite the Israeli assault on Gaza, Iranian state television reported. They chanted "Death to Israel" and "Death to America" and carried pictures of Palestinian children killed in Gaza. State media said "millions" of people joined the rallies nationwide, which were called to mark Iran's annual day of solidarity with Palestinians. The Iranian government has condemned Israel's offensive against Gaza, which has killed more than 800 people, most of them civilians.
Iran confirms arrest of Washington Post correspondent
Tehran's chief justice Gholamhossein Esmaili on Friday confirmed the arrest of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife, also a journalist, the official IRNA news agency reported. I think we will be able to provide more information after technical investigation and questioning," Esmaili said, without saying why the couple had been arrested. The Washington Post said on Thursday Rezaian appeared to have been detained in Iran with his wife Yeganeh Salehi and two freelance photojournalists.
Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) — A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel — dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military — is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel.
IAEA says needs more money to monitor Iran nuclear deal extension: document
By Fredrik Dahl STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The U.N. atomic watchdog said it needs 1 million euros in extra funding to help pay for its monitoring of a four-month extension of an interim nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers. The request was made in a note to member states of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) dated July 24 and seen by Reuters on Friday, six days after the extension of last year's agreement was announced. Iran and the six powers - the United States, France, Germany, Russia, Britain and China - agreed to continue talking after they failed to meet a July 20 deadline for a final accord to end the decade-old dispute over Iran's nuclear program. The IAEA has a pivotal role in verifying that Iran is complying with the preliminary agreement, under which Tehran halted its most sensitive uranium enrichment in exchange for a limited easing of sanctions that are hurting its economy.
Special Report: Inside Xi Jinping's purge of China's oil mandarins
By David Lague , Charlie Zhu and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Oil executive Jiang Jiemin rose to power in Communist China in time-honored fashion: by hitching his star to a mighty mentor. In Jiang's case, that patron was another oil man, Zhou Yongkang, who went on to become the chief of China's internal security apparatus and one of the country's most powerful men. Like Zhou before him, Jiang rose to the top of country’s biggest oil producer, China National Petroleum Corporation. In March last year Jiang ascended even higher, when he was named to run the agency that oversees all of China's biggest state-owned companies.