Iran English language newspaper headlines on Wednesday, 09-01-2013

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Enemy seeking to depress turnout for election: Leader

The enemy is seeking to create obstacles to undermine Iran’s efforts to hold a vibrant presidential election, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday.

Iranian FM to make first official visit to Egypt since Mubarak’s ouster

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi is scheduled to arrive in Cairo today, marking the first official visit by a high-ranking Iranian official to the Arab country since the ouster of the Hosni Mubarak government in February 2011.

Gas power units add 650MW to Iran’s power grid

Two gas power units, with a total generation capacity of 650 megawatts, were inaugurated on Tuesday at the Semnan and Shahroud power plants in the northeast of Iran.

Syrians hold demos in support of Assad

A large group of Syrian people have staged rallies in support of President Bashar al-Assad and expressed satisfaction with his recent speech and roadmap for ending the ongoing crisis in the Arab country.

Hagel nomination unnerves some in Israel

President Barack Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel as the next U.S. secretary of defense is causing jitters in Israel, where some circles view the former Nebraska senator as unsympathetic or even hostile.

Venezuela calls pro-Chavez rally on inauguration day

Venezuela’s authorities have urged President Chavez’s supporters to join a major rally on Thursday, when he is due to be sworn in for a fourth term.

Turkey, Ocalan map out steps to end Kurdish conflict

The Turkish government and the jailed leader of a Kurdish insurgency have agreed on the framework for a plan to end a war that has killed 40,000 people since 1984, envisaging rebel disarmament in exchange for increased minority rights, a newspaper said on Tuesday.

India to supply life-saving medicines to Iran

Major drug makers from India such as Ranbaxy, Cipla, Glenmark, and Ind-Swift Laboratories will supply life-saving drugs to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

‘Iran ready to assist U.S. in face-saving withdrawal from Afghanistan’

Hossein Sheikholeslam, the parliament speaker’s advisor on international issues, has said that Iran is ready to assist the United States in the ‘face-saving’ withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan.

I am not invited to three-member group for presidential election: Larijani

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Tuesday that he has not been invited to join the three-member election group of principlists in the run-up to the late spring presidential polls.

Syrian crisis, plot devised to ensure Israel’s security: Iranian ambassador

Iran’s Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi says the ongoing crisis in Syria was a plot devised to ensure the security of the Israeli regime.

Iran hopes to see practical changes in U.S. foreign policy

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has said that Iran hopes the United States will make practical changes to its foreign policy.

Iran denies claims of interference in Yemen’s internal affairs

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Thursday strongly dismissed claims that Iran is interfering in Yemen’s internal affairs.

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President Urges Tapping National Resources

Inaugurates Several  Development Projects President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that domestic capabilities are the best means to develop the country.

Iraqi Shiites Hold Demos in Support of PM

Thousands took to the streets in predominantly Shiite southern Iraq on Tuesday in a show of support for the Shiite premier after more than two weeks of protests in the mainly Sunni Arab north and west.

India Can’t Give Up Friendship With Iran

India is not going to give up its long lasting friendship with Iran, said External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid in New Delhi.

Global Downturn In 2013

The global economy risks sliding back into recession.  That’s the sober assessment from the UN’s World Economic Situation and Prospects 2013, which cites weak economic growth in 2012, and an anemic expected expansion over the next two years.

To Solve or Not to Solve Syrian Crisis

President Bashar Assad’s proposal to solve the Syrian crisis met with various reactions from different sides. Those who desire a solution to the crisis welcomed the plan while those favoring the destruction and killings in this country rejected the solution.

Barzani Discloses Snap Visit to Iran

Prime Minister of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani said that he had a short visit to Iran on Saturday.

Syria Targeted for Anti-Israeli Stances

Syria has been targeted by Arab authoritarian governments due to its resistance and stance against Israel, a senior Iranian legislator said on Tuesday.

More Living Creatures Will Be Sent Into Space

Iran has prepared plans to send more living creatures into orbit aboard its home-made rockets, a senior official announced on Tuesday.

STN to Sue HispaSat Over Press TV, Hispan TV Bans

International satellite company STN has denounced as ‘illegal’ HispaSat’s decision to take Iranian news channels Press TV and Hispan TV off the air, saying it would sue the Spanish satellite provider.

Sandstorm Causes Heavy Damage in Kerman

A sandstorm moving at the speed of 80km in southeastern Iran wreaked havoc on the city of Rigan in Kerman province on Monday.