Iran’s 11-month steel products output rises 3.2%


Over 16 million tons of steel products were manufactured in Iran during the first 11 months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2012-February 18, 2013), showing a 3.2 percent rise compared to the same period in the previous year, IRNA reported.

Iran holds 42.7% of total global Islamic banking assets


KFH-Research issued a report that stated that Iran's Islamic banking assets contributed 42.7% of the total global Islamic banking assets in 2012, followed by PGCC (34.1%) and Malaysia (10.0%).

Iran non-oil exports hit $29.2b in 11 months despite bans


Iran exported about $30 billion worth of non-oil commodities during the first eleven months of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 20, 2012).

Foreign exchange student says he paid $4,000 to work at McDonald's


A student from Argentina who came to the United States to do a work-study program says he was "exploited" and forced to work unreasonable hours.

Fake drugs targeted by Interpol


Interpol has announced that it will team up with the pharmaceutical industry to tackle counterfeit prescription drugs.

Mexico telecommunications reform bill proposes shake up of TV, telephone markets


GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has sent a bill to Congress proposing sweeping reforms of the countries telecommunications industry that would give regulators power to crack down on monopolies and allow more foreign investment, the Associated Press reported.