Trend - Iranian Ayatollahs condemn Nowruz preparations in Iran - Influential Iranian Ayatollahs Naser Makarem Shirazi and Lutfulla Makarem Shirazi have sharply criticized the fact that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hugged Hugo Chavez's mother during a farewell ceremony for Venezuela's deceased president and condemned Norwuz celebrations in the country.
CA News - Network of Islamists may target at Central Asia – expert - Many experts fear the upcoming withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Then a part of Taliban supporters from the Central Asian countries may return home.
BBC - 'Carmakers manipulate emissions tests' - Slick tyres are pumped hard to reduce rolling resistance. Brakes are adjusted, or at times even disconnected, to reduce friction. Cracks between body panels and windows are taped up to reduce air resistance. Sometimes they even remove the wing mirrors.
CNN - World's unfriendliest nations for tourists? - When traveling, some countries just don't like you. Or at least, it can certainly feel that way.
The Telegraph - 'Too late' to embalm body of Hugo Chavez - Nicolas Maduro announced that the decision to embalm Chavez, which was made two days after the president died, had been taken too late.
RIA Novosti - Report Claims Russia’s Communist Party Won 2011 Polls - The announcement of a report casting fresh doubt on the results of Russia’s 2011 parliamentary polls drew a dismissive response from the pro-Kremlin ruling party and the country’s top election official on Wednesday, while also causing a flurry of speculation about motives, as the study reportedly emerged from a think-tank headed by an official close to President Vladimir Putin.
The Diplomat - Iran Can’t Follow North Korea’s Nuclear Example - Some argue that Iran could follow N. Korea's nuclear path. Actually, Pyongyang's experience may deter Tehran from building a bomb.