Iran English language newspaper headlines on Saturday, 11-03-2017

Iran Daily

Iran banks to push for post-sanctions thaw
Three major Iranian-owned banks in Britain are reportedly planning to push the country’s banks to do business with them through a top regulating agency.

Iran welcomes China mediation in Saudi Arabia tensions
Iran welcomed a Chinese offer to play a mediatory role and help settle the differences between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which unilaterally severed ties with the Islamic Republic last year.

More US states seek to halt Trump’s new travel ban in court
Several US states said they would move forward with legal challenges to a revised executive order signed by President Donald Trump this week that temporarily bars the admission of refugees and some travelers from a group of Muslim-majority countries.

Putin tells Netanyahu to focus on modern world when judging Iran
Russian President Vladimir Putin told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop living in the past and adopting hostile policies against Iran based on a legend in “the fifth century B.C.,” instead of focusing on the realities on the ground.

South Korean president sacked
South Korea’s Constitutional Court removed impeached President Park Geun-hye from office in a unanimous ruling Friday over a corruption scandal that has plunged the country into political turmoil and worsened an already serious national divide.

Iraq battles Daesh in Mosul, resistance weakening
Iraqi special forces battled the Daesh terror group on Friday in west Mosul, where a commander said terrorists’ resistance is showing signs of weakening under repeated assaults.

Iran flotilla docks at Russian port
A flotilla of Iranian ships docked at a port in the Russian city of Makhachkala located on the western shore of the Caspian Sea on Thursday.

Leader: Resistance economy sole solution to problems
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called the resistance economy as the only solution to the country’s problems.

Iran: Israel killing nuclear scientists in Mideast
Iran’s envoy to the United Nations’ atomic agency said the Israeli regime has hired hit men to assassinate nuclear scientists all over the Middle East, and yet continues to receive nuclear cooperation from certain countries.

Tehran dismisses Arab League ‘baseless’ claims over Iranian islets
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi dismissed as “baseless” the repeated allegations by the Arab League over three Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf, saying that Iran’s sovereignty over the islets is undeniable and eternal reality.

Iran test-fires naval missile
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced on Thursday it successfully test-fired the Hormuz-2 ballistic missile.

Tehran Times

Iran’s GDP growth forecast to rebound in 2016/17: IMF
The I n t e r n a t i o n a l Monetary Fund has forecasted that Iran’s real GDP growth is expected to rebound to 6.6 percent in 2016/17.

Iran: Prospect of cooperation with IAEA positive
Ali Akbar Salehi, director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said on Thursday that Iran sees a good prospect for cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

China assumed globalization leadership in 1395: SISU professor
Professor Robert R. Bianchi, Professor of Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), believes that China appeared the frontrunner to “assume the leadership of globalization” in the year 1395, the Persian calendar year falling between March 2016 and March 2017).

European Central Bank defends continued Eurozone stimulus
European Central Bank head Mario Draghi has defended the need to continue stimulus measures for the Eurozone.

Russia deems leaked data on CIA plausible: Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Moscow considers the information recently leaked about the United States Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) hacking techniques as “quite plausible.”

Israel shells several sites in southern Gaza, no casualties reported
Israeli military forces have launched a barrage of artillery shells at several sites in the southern part of the Gaza Strip as the Tel Aviv regime goes ahead with its acts of aggression against the besieged Palestinian coastal territory.

Carpet washing heralds Noruz
Iranian people usually welcome Noruz, the New Year starting on March 21, by spring cleaning including washing carpets and cleaning houses thoroughly.

Leader says economy still first priority
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei met with the chairman and members of the Assembly of Experts on Thursday, describing the assembly as exceptional, very important and influential in determining the present and future of the country.

Iran’s sovereignty over three islands ‘undeniable’: Foreign Ministry
Foreign Ministry said on Friday that Iran’s sovereignty over the three islands of Abu Musa, Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb is “undeniable” and “permanent”.

Tehran: Human rights report ‘politically motivated’
The recent report by the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran has been met with strong objection in the country, what it branded as “unjust” and “politically motivated.

Nuclear deal has changed Iran’s status: Araqchi
Abbas Araqchi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, said on Thursday that nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, has changed Iran’s “status” and “image” a lot.

Putin-Netanyahu meeting focuses on Iran
During a meeting on Thursday in Moscow, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exchanged opinions on the situation in the Middle East and discussed bilateral cooperation.