Iran English language newspaper headlines on Sunday, 24-12-2017

Iran Daily

Iran attracts ‘$2b in foreign investment’ in 100 days
Iranian Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mohammad Shariatmadari said his ministry had attracted $2 billion in foreign investment during the 100 days since the 12th administration came into office.

Four giant container ships to join Iranian fleet next year: Official
Four giant new container vessels will join Iran’s shipping fleet next year, bringing the country closer to its target of scraping out a place among the world’s 10 mega shippers.

Over 130 dead in Philippines storm
A tropical storm in the southern Philippines triggered mudslides and flash floods that killed 133 people and left dozens missing, police said on Saturday.

California wildfire now largest in US state history
A California wildfire that has killed two people and seared its way through cities, towns and wilderness northwest of Los Angeles became the largest blaze ever officially recorded in the US state of California on Friday, authorities said.

Russia warns US decision to arm Ukraine encourages ‘new bloodshed’
Russia warned Saturday that the United States was encouraging “new bloodshed” in eastern Ukraine by its decision to provide the ex-Soviet nation with lethal weapons.

Larijani: Regional countries seeking new ways to counter terrorism
Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said regional countries are trying to find new approaches to counter terrorism in the Middle East.

Iran urges EU support for drug war
Iran’s ambassador to the Netherlands called on European states to support Tehran in its fight against drug trafficking.

Iran, Switzerland underline promotion of nuclear safety cooperation
Head of the Iranian Nuclear Regulatory Authority Hojjatollah Salehi and Swiss Ambassador to Iran Markus Leitner in a meeting in Tehran underlined the expansion of cooperation between the two countries in the field of nuclear safety.

Iranian commander pledges army’s strong presence on borders
The new deputy chief of Iran’s Army for coordination highlighted the country’s growing military power and vowed to boost the Army forces’ presence on borders to protect the Islamic Republic from any foreign threats.

Tehran Times

Regional states seeking new ways to fight terror: Larijani
Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Saturday that countries in the region are seeking new ways to fight terrorism.

Prof. Backer: Nothing in NSS suggesting a strategic objective to reject JCPOA
Commenting on the U.S. new National Security Strategy, Larry Backer, professor of law and international affairs in Penn State University, says there is nothing in the NSS that suggests a strategic objective to reject the JCPOA.

Run-down areas, subsidence dragging down Tehran
The magnitude 5.2 tremor on December 20 near Tehran once again has heightened serious concerns over the city’s resistance to an imminent and most probably destructive earthquake.

America’s isolation at UN General Assembly
The approval of the United Nations General Assembly resolution on” Beit al-Moghaddas” shows that the United States, and especially its President Donald Trump, have been severely left alone! As much time goes by, it will add to the isolation of the United States in the world.

Hamas chief: U.S. may recognize Israel as ‘Jewish state’
The politburo chief of the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, says he has obtained confidential information that Washington may take new decisions regarding alQuds (Jerusalem) and the Palestinian cause.

Go rich with bin Salman method
Saudi Arabian authorities are reportedly pressuring a billionaire prince whom they have detained as part of a purge to pay up a whopping USD six billion to secure his release.

Ayenedar Regional Music Festival held in Tehran
A performer of Ashiqlar music gives a concert with his band from Iran’s Azarbaijan during the Fourth Ayenedar Regional Music Festival at Tehran’s Rudaki Hall on December 22, 2017.

Muslim world unity foiled plots against al-Quds: envoy
Iran’s Consul General in Heydarabad has hailed Indian Muslims’ repeated protests to Washington’s new policies about alQuds (Jerusalem), saying the Islamic world’s unity has foiled U.S. plots against the holy city, which belongs to all of the divine religions.

Parliamentary committee to issue report on FATF
Mohammadreza Pourebrahimi, the head of the economic committee of the Iranian parliament,
said on Saturday that a report on consequences of joining the Financial Action Task Force will be issued soon.

Iran dismisses reports of releasing Zaghari through swap deal
Gholam Hossein Esmaili, head of Tehran province’s Justice Department, on Friday dismissed reports on releasing Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman, in a swap deal.

Admiral urges closer Army-IRGC cooperation
Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, the former commander of the Iranian Navy, said on Saturday that the Army and Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) should expand cooperation to counter the enemies.

Iran has played critical role in terror fight: analyst
Marcus Papadopoulos, a political analyst based in London, has said that Iran has played a very critical role in the fight against terrorists.