Iran English newspaper headlines on Tuesday, 08-01-2013

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Release imprisoned women and children, Saudi protesters say

A large number of protesters have taken to the streets across Saudi Arabia to condemn the recent arrest of women and children during demonstrations against the House of Saud.

Bahrain court upholds life sentences for opposition fifigures

Bahrain’s highest court on Monday upheld jail terms for 20 opposition figures — including eight sentenced to life — for alleged plots to “overthrow” the state in a decision likely to touch off more protests in the Persian Gulf nation.

U.S. senator calls for gradual cut in aid to Israel

In his first visit to Israel, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is calling for a gradual reduction of American foreign aid.

French employers say draft labor accord unacceptable

French employers will reject moves to overhaul rigid labor rules unless unions drop demands for heavier welfare charges on short-term job contracts, their leader said on Monday, suggesting talks this week could fail.

Dutch Patriot missiles shipped out to Turkey

The Dutch military is shipping its Patriot missiles to fellow NATO member Turkey to boost its air defenses amid the escalating foreign-sponsored violence in neighboring Syria.

Larijani calls for establishment of anti-financial corruption organization

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has called for the establishment of an organization to deal with cases of financial corruption.

Reformists should reach consensus to avoid electoral defeat: Aref

Mohammad Reza Aref, who has been mentioned as a possible reformist candidate in Iran’s 2013 presidential election, has said that pro-reform groups should reach a consensus on their policy on the presidential election in order to avoid an electoral defeat.

Iran’s humanitarian aid reaches Rohingya Muslims

An Iranian plane carrying humanitarian aid for the displaced Rohingya Muslims landed in Yangon airport in Myanmar on Sunday.

‘Consensus on a single principlist candidate not feasible’

Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah Yazdi has said that reaching a consensus on a single principlist candidate for the 2013 presidential election is not feasible.

Ties with Africa important for Iran: Salehi

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the expansion of ties with the African continent is important for the Islamic Republic.

‘Khatami suggested Mousavi write to Leader’

Hojjatoleslam Hossein Ebrahimi, a member of the central council of the principlist Combatant Clergy Association, has said that former president Mohammad Khatami suggested Mir-Hossein Mousavi write to the Supreme Leader after the 2009 presidential election.

Syria makes enemies flee the country: Iranian commander

The deputy chief of the general staff of Iran’s armed forces has said that Syria will finally make enemies flee the country.

More members defecting from MKO

Four more members of the anti-Iran terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) have fled Camp Ashraf and defected to the Iraqi forces, a senior Iraqi official says.

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Cameron’s EU Threat ‘Economic Insanity’

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has been accused of “economic insanity” in trying to put a gun to the head of his European partners after he warned on Sunday that he would block treaty changes to make the euro more effective unless he is allowed to repatriate powers to the UK.

Abbas Orders Official Use of ‘Palestine’

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered new passports, ID cards, drivers’ licenses and stamps reading “State of Palestine”.

Iranian Cyclist Leaves Italy for Greece

Iranian cyclist, carrying the message of environment protection, departed the Italian capital city of Rome on Sunday after pedaling 9000km in Europe.

Africa’s Agro-Industrialization

Africa’s smallholder farmers, who contribute 80 percent of food and agricultural production in sub-Saharan Africa and much of the world’s food supply, are being encouraged by big business, governments and NGOs to become less subsistence-based and more entrepreneurial.

An Important But Less Emphasized Election

Since the beginning of the Islamic Republic in Iran, this country has witnessed an election every year. One of the most important elections ever run in Iran was the City Councils voting, specially the Tehran elections. Normally these elections are the least emphasized events.

China For Negotiated Settlement of Nuclear Issue

Chinese Ambassador to Tehran Yu Hung Yang stressed Beijing’s insistence on a diplomatic and negotiated solution to Iran’s nuclear dispute with the West.

Meddling in Bahraini Crisis Rejected

A senior Iranian Foreign Ministry official rejected claims about Tehran’s alleged meddling in Bahrain’s internal affairs.
“The regional countries, including the government of Bahrain, know well that Iran is not interfering in Bahrain’s affairs; if we had interfered in Bahrain, another story would have happened in there,” Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian told Al Alam Arab language TV network.

Quake Jolts Southern Iran

An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale shook Qeshm island in the southern province of Hormuzgan Monday morning.

West’s Hostile Policy Deplored

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereidoon Abbasi has deplored Western states’ hostile policies towards Iran, saying their traditional hostility is the root cause of sanctions against Tehran and not the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

Tehran, Kabul Should Not Let West Influence Ties

The Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili said that Iran and Afghanistan should not allow the West to negatively influence their friendly ties.