Iran English newspaper headlines on Monday, 17-12-2012

NewspaperTehran Times

West has lured al-Qaeda into Syria to be killed: Nasrallah

Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday the foreign-backed rebels in Syria will not be victorious. Nasrallah said, “The situation in Syria is getting more complicated (but) anyone who thinks the armed opposition can settle the situation on the ground is very very very mistaken,” Reuters reported.

56 percent of Egyptians back new constitution

Egyptians voted narrowly in favor of a constitution shaped by the Muslim Brotherhood, officials in rival camps said on Sunday after the first round of a two-stage referendum, Reuters reported.

Protests flare in Bahrain after king’s speech

Activists in Bahrain say police have fired tear gas at anti-government protesters who took to the streets after an annual address by the Persian Gulf nation’s king.

Efforts and tolerance brings justice and victory

Fighting against extradition to the U.S. and discharging from this proceeding after six years is not a personal achievement, rather it is a national victory of Iranian people and government over U.S. and UK. “I am delighted to confirm that Mr. Tajik, the former Iranian Ambassador to Jordan, was discharged by Westminster Magistrates Court this afternoon in respect of his proposed extradition to the United States of America,” said Karen Todner, my solicitor in her media release.

Egyptian president has proven his good will

After more than two weeks of fierce debates and street clashes in Egypt, President Mohammed Morsi finally annulled his controversial decree, a move which was regarded by his opponents as a clear retreat from his position.

Education minister may face impeachment

Over 25 MPs have signed a motion to impeach Education Minister Hamid Reza Haji-Babaii, MP Jabbar Kouchakinejad announced on Sunday.  According to Kouchakinejad, the MPs have cited the incidents that have recently happened to a number of students across the country and certain problems facing education officials as the reasons for their decision to impeach the minister.

EU has become a U.S. puppet: Velayati

The senior advisor to the Supreme Leader says the European Union has become a puppet in the hands of the United States. Ali Akbar Velayati made the remarks during a conference in Tehran on Sunday.

Majlis committee examines Iranian’s death in Dutch police custody

Iran’s Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy will pursue the issue of an Iranian national’s death while in police custody in the Netherlands to find out more details, an Iranian lawmaker says.

Iran-Daily

VP: Atomic bomb no point of dispute

First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi dismissed western claims about the underlying cause of the current dispute between Tehran and the West, saying that the western powers are worried about Iran’s astonishing progress in science and the production of nuclear weapons is just an excuse.

All-out support for private sector

The government fully supports the private sector, said minister of roads and urban development.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Third Road and Urban Development Fair on Sunday, Ali Nikzad added that currently the private sector has gained the appropriate self-esteem.

Is IAEA ready to remove obstacles

An old idiom says: ‘Iranian’s are carpet weavers who take their time to weave a beautiful carpet and are ready to spend more time to sell it at the right price’. This is more than evident for Iranian diplomats and Iranian diplomacy. They are not ready to sell their country’s achievements for cheap.

Call for global halal standards

Trading halal food under unified global standards is on top of the agenda for Muslim countries, experts said.  With common mistakes made by some certification bodies, experts said a universal system must be set to ensure consumers’ food is 100 percent halal, MuslimVillage.com wrote.

Ahmadinejad due in Iraq late December

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad plans to visit Iraq later this month, Iran’s Ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Danaeifar said.
Danaeifar said on Saturday that Ahmadinejad will visit Baghdad to hold talks with senior Iraqi officials.

Military approach to Syria crisis At dead-end

Iran’s Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi says armed operations by Syrian opposition groups are futile as the military approaches to Syria crisis have reached a dead-end. “Recent developments in Syria have proved that the military approach can no longer be used in this country,” Roknabadi said on Saturday, IRNA reported.

Iran will continue cooperation with IAEA

A senior lawmaker said Tehran will continue to be cooperative provided the West is really seeking to learn the truth about Iran’s nuclear energy program.
“If westerners are really seeking to find the truth, we will continue cooperation [with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)] just as we did in the past,” said Seyyed Baqer Hosseini, a member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, on Saturday.

40 tons of drugs seized in SE Iran

Police have seized nearly 40 tons of narcotics in southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan since the beginning the current Iranian year (started on March 20), a senior police officer announced on Sunday.

Majlis against merger of Ministries

Majlis on Sunday voted to ban mergers of ministries and their subsidiaries by the government, the Fars News agency reported.
The lawmakers passed the law as according to the Fifth Five-Year Development Plan (2010-2015), the government is obliged to reduce the number of ministries from 21 to 17 to improve the efficiency of state administration, Fars News Agency reported.

Iran News Daily

Karzai: Afghanistan to maintain ties with Iran at any cost

Afghan President Hamid Karzai underlined Tehran and Kabul’s abundant commonalities, and stressed Afghanistan will maintain its bilateral relations with Iran at any cost. “Iran and Afghanistan enjoy religious, historical, cultural and lingual commonalities and Afghanistan will maintain these ties (with Iran) at any cost,” Karzai said, addressing Afghanistan’s foreign diplomatic corps in a meeting in Kabul.