Qatar Vying with S. Arabia in Training, Sending Terrorists to Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Qatari government has been increasingly recruiting and dispatching terrorists to Syria, including several groups of Pakistani snipers, in what is deemed to be a tight rivalry with Saudi Arabia to win a bigger share of power in Syria if rebels ever succeed in toppling the government of President Bashar al-Assad, sources said.

Bomb Injures Several in Damascus, Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- A car bomb attack in Damascus, Syria, injured several people. ( 15:45:49 - 2012/12/09)

Haaretz: Hamas Now More Powerful after Israeli Aggression on Gaza
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Israeli daily, Haaretz, admitted in a report that the Palestinian Hamas movement has grown even more powerful after his movement could defeat the Zionist army in the recent 8-day war on Gaza. ( 15:43:46 - 2012/12/09)

Planes Collision in Germany Kills 8
TEHRAN (FNA)- Two small planes collided in midair over central Germany and crashed, killing eight people, including four children. ( 15:43:03 - 2012/12/09)

Independent Calls Reports about Chemical Weapons in Syria as Sheer Lies
TEHRAN (FNA)- The rumors on the presence of chemical weapons in Syria are sheer lies fabricated by pseudo-experts who do not even know where Syria is located, a leading British media said, adding that Damascus has repeatedly confirmed that it will not use the toxic substances against its civilian population. ( 15:32:56 - 2012/12/09)

West Intensifying Media Campaign to Deceive World on Alleged Syrian WMDs
TEHRAN (FNA)- The British Sunday Times claimed that Israeli special forces are operating in Syria as spotters to track Damascus's stocks of chemical and biological weapons, a few days after the US President claimed that Syria intends to use chemical weapons against rebels. ( 15:00:42 - 2012/12/09)

Iraqi Lawmaker: Washington Poisoning Relations between Baghdad, Moscow
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iraqi legislator took the US responsible for the annulment of an arms deal between Baghdad and Moscow, saying that Washington is poisoning the relations between the two sides. ( 14:50:57 - 2012/12/09)

Britain Rejects Proposal for Construction of Biggest Mosque
TEHRAN (FNA)- Britain's Newham City Council rejected a proposal for the construction of the country's biggest mosque which was planned to be built near the city's Olympic Stadium. ( 14:33:21 - 2012/12/09)

Dramatic Twist: Typhoon Bopha to Strike Philippines Again
TEHRAN (FNA)- A powerful typhoon that has claimed nearly 600 lives and left over 500 others unaccounted for in the Southern Philippines is now expected to hit the country's North, with fears rising of new casualties and devastation. ( 14:32:30 - 2012/12/09)

4 Killed in US Drone Strike in NW Pakistan
TEHRAN (FNA)- At least four people were killed in a US drone strike launched Sunday morning in Pakistan's Northwest tribal area of North Waziristan , said government sources. ( 14:31:50 - 2012/12/09)

14 Militants Killed in Afghanistan within 24 Hours
TEHRAN (FNA)- Up to 14 Taliban militants have been killed and five others detained in different military operations in Afghanistan, authorities said Sunday. ( 14:31:01 - 2012/12/09)

Protests in Tunisia against Planned Strike
TEHRAN (FNA)- Tens of thousands turned out in Tunisia to protest a mass strike planned by the country's most powerful labor union. ( 14:30:19 - 2012/12/09)

Report: Shift to Asia-Pacific Region Fails to Advance US Objectives
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US administration's strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific region failed to yield result and could harm Washington's policy in the Middle East, a leading US think tank said. ( 14:17:25 - 2012/12/09)

Report: Syrian Army in Control of Situation in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army has full control over a considerable part of Syria, a US weekly said, adding that President Bashar al-Assad and the forces loyal to him can repel armed rebels from areas they have captured. ( 14:06:08 - 2012/12/09)

Bahrain Human Rights Chief: Half of Opposition Leaders Held in Al-Khalifa Jails
TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of Bahrain's Human Rights Association Yousef Rabie' lashed out at Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa for keeping mum about human rights violations in the country, and said the prince's call for dialogue with the opposition came as half of opposition leaders are in al-Khalifa jails. ( 13:59:18 - 2012/12/09)