Iran English newspaper headlines on Wednesday, 19-12-2012

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U.S. proposal for direct talks not in line with its actions: Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Aki Akbar Salehi has said that the United States’ proposal to hold direct talks with Iran does not match its actions. Iranian media outlets on Tuesday quoted Salehi as making the remarks in reference to the fact that the U.S. has recently indicated that it is willing to hold direct bilateral talks with Iran.

Eight killed in mine collapse in central Iran

Eight people were killed after a coal mine collapsed in the city of Tabas, in the central Iranian Yazd Province, on Tuesday, Iran’s Forensic Medicine Organization told the Persian service of the Mehr News Agency. The incident took place at about 9:00 a.m.

Iraqi President Talabani suffers a stroke

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani was being treated in a Baghdad hospital under intensive care Tuesday after suffering a stroke, injecting new uncertainty into the country’s political future a year after the U.S. military left.

Iranian administration ready to implement second phase of subsidy reform plan

The Iranian administration has decided to implement the second phase of the subsidy reform plan, even though the parliament (Majlis) approved a bill on October 7 to suspend the second phase of the plan.

Egyptian opposition pressing for more concessions

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi finally decided to annul his controversial decree after it sparked massive protests and street clashes across Egypt.

Syrian Army uncovers assassination plot targeting Assad: report

The Syrian Army has reportedly uncovered an assassination plot targeting President Basher al-Assad. On Tuesday, sources told IRNA correspondents in Beirut that Russia informed Syrian officials on Friday that the United States and its allies had devised a plan to assassinate Assad.

South Africa’s ANC re-elects Zuma, picks Ramaphosa as deputy

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) re-elected President Jacob Zuma as its leader on Tuesday, setting him up for seven more years as head of state of Africa’s biggest economy.

Naming Kerry as top diplomat will not affect U.S.-Iran ties: professor

According to U.S. media it looks likely that Senator John Kerry will be nominated as U.S. secretary of state as part of President Barack Obama’s second term cabinet reshuffle. Nader Entessar, a South Alabama University professor, says the naming of Kerry as secretary of state “will not have a course-altering impact on U.S.-Iran relations” because he “will carry out Obama’s directives.”

IRGC focusing on enemy’s cultural, economic, and political warfare: general

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ main priority is to maintain and enhance its preparedness in the areas of cultural, economic, and political warfare, the IRGC commander said on Tuesday.

‘Iran-IAEA agreement would show political nature of West’s dispute with Iran’

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman has said that a possible agreement between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would illustrate the political nature of certain world powers’ dispute with Iran over its nuclear program.

Those who do not talk with Iran respectfully gain nothing: Ahmadinejad

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that those who do not talk with Iran with respect will gain nothing.  “We have repeatedly told those who have aligned themselves against the Iranian nation that they should talk with the nation with respect and (based on) friendship,” Ahmadinejad stated during a speech in the city of Babol in the northern Iranian Mazandaran Province ahead of a possible round of talks between Iran and the 5+1 group.

General advises enemy not to endanger Iran’s vital interests

A senior Iranian military official has said that if the enemy attempts to endanger Iran’s vital interests, the country will also put the enemy’s vital interests in danger at the same level or even higher.

Intl. conference on health tourism opens in Mashhad

The third health tourism conference of Muslim countries opened in Razavi Hospital in Mashhad, the northeastern Iranian Razavi Khorasan Province, on Tuesday.


Rapes, Assaults Rampant in US Prisons

New measures are being implemented in the US to tackle rape and sexual assault in prison. These measures were taken after a women’s prison in Alabama gained a notorious reputation for being unsafe, BBC reported.

Dirty Money Hurting Developing World

The developing world lost nearly $1 trillion in 2010 as a result of corruption, tax evasion and other financial crimes not involving cash transactions, according to a new report released on Monday by Global Financial Integrity (GFI).

Spaniards Protest Austerity Measures in 55 Cities

Several hundred thousand Spaniards took to the streets in 55 cities across the country in a union-organized protest against austerity on Monday night.

Iran Paying for Drug Demand In West

Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said Iran has to spend more money to fight drug trafficking because of rising demand for narcotics in Western countries. Najjar made the comment during Tuesday’s meeting on the anti-drug campaign in Tehran attended by Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov as well as interior ministers from Pakistan and Afghanistan.

NATO Defends Turkey Missile Deployment

NATO’s Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday plans to put Patriot anti-missile systems near Turkey’s border with Syria were purely defensive.

Migrants Need Comprehensive, Long-Term Help

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said migrant workers hit by crises need comprehensive and long-term help. IOM’s Migration Crisis Operational Framework, which was officially endorsed by the Organization’s governing Council on 27 November aims to institutionalize IOM’s capacity to respond to migration crises and address some of the gaps that currently exist with regard to migration in international humanitarian systems, IOM said on Tuesday as it marks International Migrants Day.

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Putin Touts Record Russian Arms Sales of $14b in 2012

Russian arms exports reached a record $14 billion this year, President Vladimir Putin said yesterday, extending a run of record-breaking sales in recent years that have included deliveries to Syria despite the civil war raging there.

Indictments Issued for 18 American Officials

Judiciary spokesman Hojjatoleslam Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei said that Iran’s Judiciary has issued indictments for 18 American officials on charges of involvement in many crimes against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Trans-Regional Powers Seeking to Foment Insecurity Around Iran

A senior military aide to the Iranian supreme leader said that trans-regional powers are trying to confine Iran’s power through sparking insecurity around the country.