Iran English newspaper headlines on Wednesday, 02-01-2013

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Large petchem complex comes on stream in western Iran

Iran inaugurated a large petrochemical complex, with a projected annual output of 300,000 tons of high density polyethylene, in the western province of Kermanshah on Tuesday.

U.S. Senate passes ‘fiscal cliff’ deal to avoid tax rises

The U.S. Senate has approved a deal early Tuesday morning to avert general tax hikes and spending cuts known as the “fiscal cliff“.

Iran-Turkey trade rises 40%, tops $20.8b

The value of trade between Iran and Turkey surpassed $20.8 billion in the first 11 months of 2012, which was a rise of 40 percent compared to the same period in 2011.

World welcomes 2013 in rolling New Year’s party

A million people crammed into New York’s Times Square on Tuesday to greet the New Year in a global party that kicked off in Australia before rolling around the world in a non-stop chain of firework displays.

Millions walk toward Karbala for Arbaeen

Millions of Shia Muslims from across the world are walking toward Iraq’s holy shrine city of Karbala to hold mourning rituals on Arbaeen, which is the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS).

Dialogue only way out of nuclear deadlock: former nuclear negotiator

Hassan Rohani, Iran’s former chief nuclear negotiator, said on Tuesday that negotiation is the only way out of the nuclear deadlock with the West.

NAM condemns Israel over illegal settlements

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has censured Israel over its latest plans to build more illegal settler units in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Iran fires cruise, surface-to-surface missiles in naval drill

The domestically manufactured coast-to-sea Qader cruise missile was fired on Tuesday during the Velayat-91 naval drill and successfully hit the designated target.

Dialogue can pave the way for free election: Rafsanjani

Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has said that dialogue and interaction can prepare the ground for the conduct of a free and competitive election

Iran advises Bahrain to meet public demands instead of calling for ‘friends of Iran conference’

Iran on Tuesday advised the Bahraini government to listen to the voice of the people instead of putting forward an initiative to hold a conference of the friends of the Iranian people.

Iran testing components of missile system more advanced than S-300

The components of the Iranian Bavar 373 (Belief 373) missile system, which will be a replacement for the Russian S-300 missile system, are being tested, the commander of the Khatam-ol-Anbiya Air Defense Base announced on Tuesday.

Possible presidential candidate says he would be ‘standard-bearer of moderation’

Former commerce minister Mohammad Shariatmadari, who has been mentioned as a possible candidate in 2013 presidential election, has said that he will spearhead the campaign for moderation if he is elected as president.

2 tons of heroin seized in eastern Iran

Iranian police have seized two tons of heroin at eastern border areas of the country that was bound to Europe, anti-drug police chief announced on Tuesday.

Iran Daily

President Launches Major Projects

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated several development and industrial projects including a reservoir dam and a petrochemical plant in the western province of Kermanshah.

Qader, Nour Missiles Successfully Test-Fired

The Navy successfully tested an advanced surface- to-surface cruise missile on the fifth day of its drills, codenamed Velayat-91, in Iran’s waters in the Strait of Hormuz.

IAEA Must Clarify Plans in Talks

Iran said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should clarify what measures it will take once Tehran allays the agency’s concerns regarding the Iranian nuclear energy program.

Israel War Threat Mere Lie

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri has slammed Israel regime’s new threat to launch a direct attack against the Iranian capital, Tehran, as a mere lie.

NAM Slams Israeli Land Scam Over Illegal Settlements

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has censured Israeli regime over its latest plans to build more illegal settler units in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Iran, Regional States Capable Of Securing Persian Gulf

Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari has reiterated that Iran, along with other regional countries, is fully capable of maintaining the security of the Persian Gulf.

Iran News Daily

Leader Stresses People Key Role in Iran Affairs

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei lauded the determining and outstanding role played by the people in different arenas in Iran.

Iran Resumes Gas Imports From Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan has resumed export of gas supplies to Iran’s Northern provinces, senior Iranian energy officials announced. “We are importing gas from Turkmenistan according to a contract we have struck with that country,” Managing-Director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Javad Oji said.

Merkel Steels Germans for More Difficult 2013

Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Germans that the economy, Europe’s biggest, would experience a harder time next year than in 2012 and cautioned too that the eurozone debt crisis was far from over.