Iran English language newspaper headlines on Thursday, 20-04-2017

Iran Daily

Leader urges high turnout in upcoming elections
Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called for a massive turnout in the upcoming presidential and council elections in a bid to immune the country against threats.

US: Iran complies with nuclear deal
The Trump administration acknowledged that Iran has been complying with a nuclear deal signed between Tehran and world powers.

Kuwait: Iran may keep same oil output
Iran will probably be allowed to keep its oil production unchanged if OPEC decides to extend its six-month agreement on output cuts beyond June, Kuwaiti Oil Minister Issam Almarzooq said.

China’s Xi restructures military, consolidates control
Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a military restructure of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to transform it into a leaner fighting force, with improved joint operations capability, state media said.

World-famous Persian poet Sa’di to be commemorated
Tributes will be paid to the great Persian poet Sa’di Shirazi in a ceremony at his tomb in Shiraz, Fars Province on April 21 which is observed as National Sa’di Day.

Zarif: No limit to expansion of Iran-Kyrgyzstan ties
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrapped up a visit to three Central Asian countries on Wednesday after holding talks with Kyrgyz senior officials about ways of broadening bilateral relations in various areas on the last leg of his tour.

British Parliament backs PM plan for snap election
Prime Minister Theresa May won Parliament’s backing for an early election on Wednesday, a vote she said would strengthen her hand in divorce talks with the European Union and help heal divisions in Britain.

Dehqan: Terrorists commit crimes with US-made weapons
Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said on Wednesday that Takfiri-Wahhabi terrorists commit crimes with US-made weapons across the world, particularly in Syria and Iraq.

President Rouhani visits flood-hit areas
President Hassan Rouhani said the government will stand beside the people of the flood-stricken provinces where dozens of people lost their lives in last week’s incident.

MP: Saudi Arabia agrees to guarantee safety of Iranian pilgrims
Saudi Arabia has agreed to guarantee the security of Iranian pilgrims during the Hajj pilgrimage, members of the Parliament’s presiding board said.

Portugal ready to remove banking obstacles
Portugal’s Secretary of State of Internationalization Jorge Costa Oliveira expressed readiness to remove obstacles in banking relations in order to expand cooperation with Iran, especially in trade sector.

Tehran Times

U.S. says Iran complying with nuclear deal, yet vows interagency review
In a press statement on Tuesday, the U.S. Department of State notified the Congress that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal, the very first such notification under the Trump administration.

IPF to bring world of petrochemicals together
The 13th edition of Iran Petrochemical Forum (IPF) will play host to 101 participants, representing 74 foreign companies from 18 countries.

Iran urges Persian GulfBlack Sea corridor launch
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has stressed the importance of launching a new transport corridor connecting the Persian Gulf to the Black Sea, saying it would strengthen relations among regional countries.

Expert predicts Erdogan will become more engaged in Mideast after referendum
Shireen Tahmaasb Hunter, a professor of political science at Georgetown University, predicts that after the referendum in Turkey which gave President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping powers Turkey will become more involved in the Middle East and even Central Asia.

As Trump warned North Korea, his ‘armada’ was headed toward Australia
When the United States President Donald Trump boasted early last week that he had sent an “armada” as a warning to North Korea, the aircraft carrier strike group he spoke of was still far from the Korean peninsula, and headed in the opposite direction.

IMF raises growth forecast for the global economy
The International Monetary Fund raised its 2017 global growth forecast due to manufacturing and trade gains in Europe, Japan, and China, but warned that protectionist policies threaten to choke a broad-based recovery.

Fishing season wraps up in southern Caspian Sea
Iranian fishermen standing on a trailer hauling a massive net on the Caspian Sea coast, April 18, 2017.

Leader calls for enthusiastic, healthy election
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday warned against plots by enemies to disrupt the results of the May 19 presidential election, calling for an enthusiastic and healthy election.

Portugal says to remove banking obstacles with Iran
Portuguese Secretary of State for Internationalization Jorge Costa Oliveira said on Tuesday that his country is seeking to remove banking obstacles to expand cooperation with Iran in various areas, especially economic sphere.

Iran warns America against bullying other countries
Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan has warned the American leaders against bullying other countries and intervening in their internal affairs, saying “such era has come to an end.”

S. Arabia accepts Iran’s conditions for Hajj pilgrimage: MP
A member of the parliament presiding board said on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia has accepted Iran’s conditions for sending pilgrims to Hajj.