Iran English language newspaper headlines on Sunday, 12-03-2017

Iran Daily

Iran exports oil products worth $8.2b in a year
Iran exported oil products worth $8.2 billion since March 2016 with the replacement of oil products with natural gas in the country’s energy basket.

Dutch PM bars Turkish FM in escalation of rally row
The Netherlands barred Turkey’s foreign minister from flying to Rotterdam on Saturday and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded by calling his NATO partner a “Nazi remnant” as a row over Ankara campaigning among émigré Turkish voters intensified.

Second new Airbus touches down in Tehran
An Airbus A330 aircraft arrived in Tehran on Saturday, the second of 200 Western-built passenger jets ordered by the national carrier Iran Air following the lifting of sanctions.

Twin Damascus bombs kill 46
Twin bombs targeting Shia pilgrims in Damascus on Saturday killed 46 people, most of them Iraqis, in one of the bloodiest attacks in the Syrian capital.

Revised Trump travel ban gets first legal blow
President Donald Trump’s revamped travel ban faced its first major legal setback, after a federal judge halted enforcement of the directive that would deny US entry to the wife and child of a Syrian refugee already granted asylum.

Thailand-Iran ties ‘unbelievable’
Relations between Thailand and Iran have gone beyond what people have been thinking, said the director general of the Thai Foreign Ministry’s South Asia, Middle East and Africa Affairs Department.

Fireworks explosion kills seven in Iran
Explosion of homemade fireworks killed seven people in northwestern province of Ardabil as the country prepares for Chaharshanbeh-Soori festival in the country.

Greece eager to expand Iran ties
Greek Minister of the Interior and Administrative Reconstruction Panagiotis Kouroumblis told a visiting Iranian parliamentary delegation that Athens is committed to develop relations with Tehran.

Iran condemns escalation of aerial attacks on Yemeni civilians
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, on Saturday said escalation of attacks on Yemeni residential areas and civilian targets is in violation of human rights and should be investigated by international organizations.

Tehran Times

Iran has no intention to recreate Persian Empire: John Limbert
John Limbert, the former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for Iran, dismisses the view that Iran intends to revive the Persian Empire.

Tehran, Kiev ink MOU to expand economic ties
Iran and Ukraine signed a memorandum of understanding at the end of the sixth Iran-Ukraine Joint Economic Committee meeting on Friday to give a boost to bilateral ties.

Iran tells UN: 8 million hectares of land in Iraq are hotspots of dust storms
In a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres dated a few days ago Iran informed the international body that 8 million hectares of land in Iraq are hotspots of dust storms which hit Iran once in a while.

Iran calls for urgent halt to attacks on Yemen
Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday strongly condemned the Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen and urged the international bodies to help stop attacks on the Yemeni people immediately.

We won’t sell Saudis our land: Maldivian opposition
Opposition parties and dissidents in Maldives have protested a planned visit by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz following reports that he plans to buy an entire atoll in the South Asian island country.

Airline grants 8-year-old boy’s wish
Amir Hossein Taheri, an eight-yearold boy with mobility hardship, has always dreamed of becoming a pilot. His wish was granted by a domestic airliner and finally his dream of becoming a pilot came true.

Turkish policies have confused Iran,official says
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour has said that Iran is unable to understand some policies adopted by Turkey.

Huge election turnout would highlight ‘Islamic democracy’: Zarif
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that a huge turnout in the upcoming presidential election would bear out the success of “Islamic democracy”, ISNA reported.

Israel’s role in assassinations of nuclear scientists
Although Israel has a policy of not commenting on allegations of murder and terrorism, authorities and unnamed sources have hinted that Israel may be involved in the assassinations of four Iranian nuclear scientists between 2010 and 2012.