Iranian, South Korean companies sign €3b petrochemical deal
Iran’s Ahdaf Investment Company and South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering Company signed an agreement worth three billion euros to construct part of a petrochemical project in Iran.
Ousted South Korea president leaves office
Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye expressed defiance toward the corruption allegations against her as she vacated the presidential palace and returned to her home on Sunday, two days after the Constitutional Court removed her from office.
Iraqi forces retake over a third of west Mosul
Iraqi forces have seized control of more than a third of west Mosul, a commander said Sunday, after a week of steady gains in their battle to retake the city from the Daesh terror group.
Turkey vows retaliation after Netherlands bars ministers
Turkey told the Netherlands on Sunday that it would retaliate in the “harshest ways” after Turkish ministers were barred from speaking in Rotterdam, as a row over Ankara’s political campaigning among Turkish immigrants escalated.
Iran unveils indigenous advanced tank
Iran’s Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan inaugurated mass production line of the country’s most advanced indigenous tank, Karrar (Striker), which was unveiled on Sunday.
Larijani: Israel showed is behind Syria war
Iran said the Israeli prime minister “clearly” showed in his recent remarks opposing Iranian anti-terror contribution to Syria that Tel Aviv is behind the ongoing war in the Arab country.
Tehran strongly condemns Damascus bombings
Iran’s Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the “heinous and shameful” crime of terrorists in Syria after two bomb blasts killed dozens of people in the country’s capital on Saturday.
Foreign Ministry advises caution on trips to Turkey
Iran’s Foreign Ministry advised Iranian nationals to exercise caution while traveling to neighboring Turkey due to security concerns.
Larijani says Netanyahu trying to distort history
Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Sunday that the Israeli prime minister is trying to distort history, calling on him to study history and the Jewish Bible.
Brexit without EU trade deal to cause ‘economic shock’: Leaked report
A leaked British Treasury report has warned of “serious consequences” if the UK abandons the European Union without a trade deal.
A resurrection in the Middle East: Life has returned to a dying salt lake in northwest Iran
Lake Urmia was once the second largest saltwater lake in the world. But years of manmade disruption — from 60 years of dam building to the massive overuse of feeder rivers — has diverted the natural flow of sweet water from the surrounding basin into the salty lake. As a result, the lake simply dried out.
Iran sends delegation to Geneva after UN human rights report
Deputy Head of Iran’s Human Rights Headquarters for International Affairs Kazzem Qaribabadi said his country will declare its official position on the recent report by Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, during the annual meeting of the UN Human Rights Council underway in Geneva, according to Fars news agency.
Spring cleaning ushers in New Year
A woman in Esfidan village, the northeastern province of North Khorasan, is cleaning the window as part of a tradition known as Khaneh Tekani, or spring cleaning. People do the tradition in the region just a couple of days before Noruz, the New Year holidays starting on March 21.
Hyundai seals contract for €3b petro refining project in Iran
South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering Company (HEC) signed a €3-billion contract with Iran’s Ahdaf Investment Company on Sunday for construction of the second phase of Kangan Petro Refining Complex in Iran’s southwestern Bushehr province.
Turkey-Netherlands row shows no sign of ebbing
A diplomatic row between the Dutch and Turkish governments shows no sign of ebbing, with the Netherlands barring Turkey’s foreign minister from entering the country and forcing the Turkish family-affairs minister to leave the country.
Advanced homegrown tank unveiled
Iran has unveiled a state-of-theart tank dubbed “Karrar” which has been fully developed by domestic military experts, ISNA reported.
Iran calls blasts in Damascus ‘horrible’, ‘shameful’
On Sunday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry strongly condemned “horrible” and “shameful” terrorist blasts in Damascus, Syria, which left 74 people killed.
Military might fends off attack on Iran: navy commander
Navy Commander Habibollah Sayyari said on Sunday that Islamic Republic’s military might prevents the enemy from assaulting the country, ISNA reported.
France calls on Russia, Iran to ensure Syrian ceasefire
The French foreign ministry condemned the deadly Damascus attack on Saturday and called on truce guarantors, especially Russia and Iran, to ensure that the ceasefire in Syria is fully respected.
Injudicious U.S. policies root cause of Mideast tensions: Iran
The Iranian Foreign Ministry has dismissed the “spiteful” anti-Iran remarks by the head of the US Central Command, saying Washington’s “injudicious and incorrect” policies are the root cause of tensions in the Middle East.