Iran English newspaper headlines on Monday, 31-12-2012

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Syria crisis threatens world peace, UN envoy says

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said on Sunday that peace and security in the world will be threatened directly from Syria if there is no solution within the next few months.

Iran’s NDF allocates $3b for petchem projects

The National Development Fund of Iran has allocated $3 billion for financing petrochemical projects. The sum will be channeled into 11 petrochemical projects, mainly in the west and the south of the country, IRNA reported on Sunday.

Arab League chief says Palestinians to petition UN

Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby said Saturday that two decades of talks with Israel have been “a waste of time” and that Palestinians will soon take a new statehood bid to the U.N.

Body of India rape victim cremated

The body of a woman, whose gang rape provoked protests and rare national debate about violence against women in India, arrived back in New Delhi on Sunday and was cremated at a private ceremony.

U.S. helicopter pilots train in Rocky Mountains before Afghan deployment

The United States military has launched a high-altitude training session for its air force division to be deployed in Afghanistan, despite Washington’s pledges to draw down its troops in the occupied country.

More French troops go to Central African Republic

As rebels advance in Central African Republic, France has deployed an additional 180 troops to protect its interests. The French reinforcements arrived Sunday from nearby Gabon, bringing the total French military force in the capital, Bangui, to nearly 600, Col. Thierry Burkhard told The Associated Press Sunday. The troops are to protect French residents in the capital, which many fear will be attacked by the rebels.

NY subway pusher charged with hate crime as murder

A woman accused of killing an immigrant from India by pushing him in front of a New York subway train has been charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime.

Domestically manufactured hovercraft conduct operation during war games

Domestically manufactured hovercraft successfully carried out an operation during the Velayat-91 naval exercise, the spokesperson for the war games told reporters on Sunday.

Police arrest 88 illegal gold, foreign currency dealers in Tehran

In a special operation carried out in Tehran on Saturday night police arrested 88 illegal gold and foreign currency dealers, who had defrauded people of large amounts of money, Tehran’s investigation police chief Colonel Abbas Ali Mohammadian announced on Sunday.

Former ministers hold monthly meetings with Rafsanjani

Ministers and experts of the “construction government” hold separate monthly meetings with Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the current chairman of the Expediency Council.

Iran’s humanitarian aid reaches Rohingya Muslims

Iran’s first humanitarian shipment has been delivered to Myanmar’s Muslim refugees living on the Bangladeshi border, reports said on Sunday.

New Japanese ambassador meets Ahmadinejad

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that no obstacle can hinder Iran’s progress, and undoubtedly, the Iranian nation will safely pass through the current situation.

‘Azerbaijan no launch pad for Iran attack’

Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov says Baku will not allow its soil to be used as launch pad for an attack against Iran.

U.S. does not favor independent Latin America: Iranian MP

An Iranian lawmaker says the United States does not favor an independent Latin America, stressing that Iran will spare no effort for the independence of the revolutionary people in that region.

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President: War, Guns Will Not Breed Democracy

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said democracy will never be achieved by use of weapons, waging war and massacre of people.

Record Fatalities of Afghan Soldiers in 2012

More than 1,000 Afghan soldiers died in action this year, the highest since the Taliban insurgency began, as the army assumes more responsibility before NATO forces withdraw in 2014, officials said Sunday.

Navy Exercises Shooting Surface Targets

On the third day of Iran’s extensive drills in the region surrounding the Strait of Hormuz, the Navy’s artilleries exercise shooting marine surface targets of aggressive forces.

FM, Qatari PM Discuss Regional Developments

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in a phone conversation with Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani discussed the latest developments in the region.

Saudi Plans to Buy German Tanks

Saudi Arabia is planning to buy 30 German Dingo 2 armored vehicles worth about 100 million euros, Bild am Sonntag reported in its Sunday edition.

Ambassador Meets Russian Deputy FM

Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Seyyed Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi in a meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov discussed bilateral relations as well as the latest regional and international issues.

Islamic World Urged to Defend Palestinians’ Rights

Majlis Seaker Ali Larijani called for more interaction and cooperation among Islamic countries in defending the rights of the Palestinian people.

Eye-Catching Progress In Anti-Drug War

Commander of the anti-narcotics squad of Iran’s Law Enforcement Police General Ali Moayyedi said that the Islamic Republic of Iran has made an eye-catching progress in combating drug trafficking and narcotics after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.