Iran English newspaper headlines on Sunday, 06-01-2013

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China criticizes new U.S. sanctions on Iran

China has censured the United States for the imposition of new sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters in Beijing on Friday that her country “has consistently opposed” sanctions against Iran over its peaceful nuclear energy program.

Middle East’s first natural gasstorage facility inaugurated in Iran

The first natural gas storage facility in Iran and the entire Middle East was officially inaugurated on Saturday in the city of Qom. The Sarajeh facility has the capacity to store 3.3 billion cubic meters of gas.

Transit of goods via Iran exceeds projection by 30%

More than 8.48 million tons of goods were transited through Iran in the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 20, 2012), which is 30 percent greater than the figure that had been projected in the Fifth Five-Year Development Plan (2010-2015), Iranian Deputy Transport and Urban Development Minister Shahriyar Afandizadeh stated on Saturday.

Poll: Spike in Palestinian support for military operations against Israel

Palestinian support for military operations against Israel has registered its most significant jump in 10 years, spurred by the recent Gaza conflict, ongoing Israeli settlement expansion, and frustration over a peace process that has been essentially deadlocked for more than four years.

Pakistani security forces kill 21 militants

Pakistani security forces have killed 21 militants and injured 14 others in the country’s northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border.

High youth unemployment hurts me, Spanish king says

Spain’s King Juan Carlos I said he was worried about high youth unemployment and urged Spaniards to stick together to combat an economic crisis, in an interview to mark his 75th birthday after a year of scandal for the royal family.

Ambassador describes Iran-China ties as satisfactory

Chinese Ambassador to Iran Yu Hongyang has described political and economic relations between Tehran and Beijing as satisfactory, saying that cooperation between the two countries is being increased in various areas.

Turkish minister criticizes EU sanctions against Iran

Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan has criticized the European Union over Turkey’s gold trade with Iran, saying that the sanctions do not concern Turkey.

IRCS to send humanitarian aid to Myanmar Muslims

The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) is to send 30 tons of humanitarian aid to the homeless Rohingya Muslim refugees in Myanmar.

Iranian national released from U.S. custody

An Iranian national accused of allegedly bypassing economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic has been released after nearly three years in the US prisons.

Idea of national unity government is not viable: Aref

Mohammad Reza Aref, who has been mentioned as a possible reformist candidate in Iran’s 2013 presidential election, has said that the idea of a “national unity government”, which has been proposed by Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, is not viable.

U.S. think tank hails Iran’s Intelligence Ministry

A US Congress think tank described Iran’s intelligence ministry as the most active and most successful one in the Middle East in terms of conducting counterterrorism operations.

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Sudan, South Sudan Meet to Push Security

The rival presidents of Sudan and South Sudan met for face-to-face talks Saturday to push forward stalled security, oil and border deals, and to discuss the fate of the contested Abyei region.

Queiroz Has No Magic Wand

Iran football coach Carlos Queiroz says he has no magic wand to create new players.  “There are horrible typhoons in front of us. We could have earned the better results in the previous matches but suffered two bitter defeats against Lebanon and Uzbekistan,” Queiroz said on Friday, Mehr News Agency wrote.

Eurozone’s New Year Challenges

It may be a new year, but there is little new hope for the eurozone.  Having headed off a break up–through Greece and maybe others dropping out–the currency bloc’s leaders now face a challenging year ahead as growth stagnates.

Syria Captures Al-Qaeda Chief’s Brother

The brother of the head of Al-Qaeda has been reportedly captured by government forces in Syria. Mohamed al-Zawahiri is said to have been seized in Deraa in the southwest where he was meeting opposition militants.

Ahmadinejad Wishes Health For Chavez

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a telephone conversation with Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolas Maduro, enquired about health condition of President Hugo Chavez.

Brazil Hopes for Fresh Nuclear Talks With P5+1

Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota has expressed hope over the revival of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group, describing the 2010 Tehran Declaration as a missed opportunity.

Tehran to Stand Along Afghanistan

Iran Ambassador to Kabul Abolfazl Zohrevand said Tehran will continue to support Afghanistan after the pullout of foreign forces from the country.

Salehi Kicks Off Africa Tour

Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi heading a political delegation left Tehran on Saturday for Cotonou, Benin on the first leg of his African tour.

Largest-Ever Morphine Cargo Seized

Police intercepted a large morphine consignment en route from the southeastern province of Kerman to western borders and seized over 1.5 tons of morphine.

Iran, Oman Keen To Enhance Ties

Iranian Ambassador to Oman Ali Akbar Sibouyeh and Chairman of Oman’s State Council Yahya Bin Mahfouz Al-Munthari in a meeting in Masqat on Saturday discussed ways of bolstering the two states’ mutual cooperation in different fields.