Iran English language newspaper headlines on Saturday, 28-10-2017

Iran Daily


Iran expects to sign over $20b of energy contracts in 2018
Iran expects to seal energy contracts worth more than $20 billion over the next year despite the threat of fresh US sanctions as it pushes ahead with negotiations with international oil companies, including Royal Dutch Shell, the Anglo Dutch group, and Russia’s Rosneft.

Leader cautions Iraq against US deceptions
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called on neighboring Iraq to remain vigilant in the face of American plots, warning that the US is not trustworthy.

Fire at Tehran oil refinery kills six, injures three
A fire killed six workers and injured three others at an oil refinery in Tehran’s Shahr-e Rey district on Friday, state TV reported.

Turnout in Kenya’s election rerun at 33%, down from 80% in last vote
Only a third of registered voters cast a ballot in Kenya’s presidential election rerun on Thursday, according to the country’s independent election commission chairman.

Spain approves direct rule following Catalonia’s declaration of independence
The Spanish Parliament approved direct rule over Catalonia after its Parliament declared independence from Spain on Friday in defiance of the Madrid government.

UN: ‘Consistent’ pattern of crimes against Rohingya taking place
Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar have testified that a “consistent, methodical pattern” of killings, torture, rape and arson is taking place, United Nations human rights investigators said on Friday after a first mission to Bangladesh.

23rd Press Exhibition opens in Tehran
More than 940 media institutes and agencies take advantage of the opportunity to showcase their capabilities at the 23 edition of Tehran Press Exhibition.

Iran rejects “politically-motivated” report by UN rights rapporteur
Iran’s Foreign Ministry rejected a report by a United Nations rights official, calling it “politically-motivated, biased and illegitimate.”

US House passes new sanctions on Iran’s missile program
The US House of Representatives in Congress voted overwhelmingly to impose new sanctions against Iran’s ballistic missile program, a move that could undermine the international nuclear agreement with Tehran.

IRGC dismantles terror group in northwest Iran
Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) dismantled a terrorist group in an operation in the northwestern Iranian province of West Azarbaijan.


Tehran Times


Iran expects to sign over $20b of energy deals in 2018
Amir Hossein Zamaninia, Iran’s deputy oil minister for international affairs, said the country is expected to sign over $20 billion worth of oil and gas deals in the next year.

U.S. House passes sanctions on Iran
The U.S. House of Representatives voted nearly unanimously on Thursday for new sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program, part of an effort to defy Tehran without immediately moving to undermine an international nuclear agreement, Reuters reported.

Enhancing water efficiency atop agenda: energy minister nominee
Enhancing water efficiency is high on agenda, Reza Ardakanian, energy minister nominee told IRNA
in an interview published on Friday.

Over 1.1 million visas issued for Arbaeen pilgrims
Hassan Ghashghavi, the deputy foreign minister for consular and expatriates affairs, has said that so far more than 1.1 million visas have been issued for pilgrims who are planning to visit Iraq to observe Arbaeen on Nov. 9.

Five Bahraini women detainees on hunger strike: rights group
Five Bahraini female political prisoners have gone on hunger strike to protest against ill-treatment and a glass barrier that prevents contact with visitors, a rights group said Friday.

Tehran calls UN rights report biased, politically motivated
The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Thursday dismissed a report by a United Nations rights official, calling it “politically-motivated, biased and illegitimate, rancorous and disreputable.”

Press Exhibition highlights link between “consciousness”, “development”
The 23rd Press Exhibition opened in Tehran on Friday, bringing the close connection between social
consciousness and development into focus as the organizers selected the motto “A More Conscious Society: More Development, Fewer Words” for this year’s edition of the Iran’s major media showcase.

Catalan parliament declares independence from Spain
Catalonia’s regional parliament declared independence from Spain on Friday in a disputed vote that is now likely to be declared illegal by Spain’s constitutional court.

Never trust U.S., Leader tells Abadi
In a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Tehran on Thursday, Leader of the Islamic
Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on the Iraqis “never trust” the United States.

Tehran to U.S.: Iranians won’t be fooled by ‘faux sympathy’
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called on the U.S. to stop offering “faux sympathy” for the Iranian nation, saying Iranian will not fall for such a “game”, Press TV reported.

Zarif meets senior Nigerien officials
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has held talks with top Nigerien officials, including Prime Minister Brigi Rafini and President Mahamadou Issoufou, to discuss bilateral relations.