Iran English language newspaper headlines on Thursday, 17-01-2013

NewspaperTehran Times

Iran will not succumb to pressure: Leader

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said that Iran will not give in to the pressure being exerted by the hegemonistic powers.

China signs $712 million steel deal with Iran

A large Chinese state owned company said that it signed a USD 712 million contract to help build a steel plant in Iran, signaling that Beijing isn’t ready to join Western nations in increasing pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program.

Iran can circumvent sanctions through full implementation of subsidy reform plan

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told MPs on Wednesday that the full implementation of the subsidy reform plan will help Iran circumvent the sanctions and neutralize the pressure being exerted on the country by the enemy.

Car bombs kill at least 22 in northern Syria

A triple car bombing killed at least 22 people in northern Syria on Wednesday, a government official and activists said, a day after massive blasts at a university campus in the city of Aleppo left 87 dead.

Kids write letters to Obama on gun control

This morning the White House released handwritten letters to the President from some of the children who will be at the White House when President Obama unveils his plan to prevent gun violence. The kids offer their own ideas on gun control – ideas that go significantly further than the President’s plan.

Somali militants say French hostage sentenced to death

Somali militants linked to al Qaeda said on Wednesday they had sentenced a French agent to death after a failed attempt by French armed forces to rescue him at the weekend.

Pakistan government digs in as cleric keeps up pressure

Pakistan will not bow to the demands of a Muslim cleric who has brought thousands of protesters to the heart of the capital Islamabad calling for the resignation of the government and electoral reforms, the information minister said on Wednesday.

Bahrainis hold demonstrations against Al Khalifa

Bahraini demonstrators have once again taken to the streets in several towns and villages to protest against the Al Khalifa regime.

Iran praises Syrian government’s resistance against terrorists

The plots hatched by the Zionist regime and its allies should be foiled through supporting the Syrian resistance, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili said on Tuesday.

Grand ayatollah says extremist Wahhabis are worse than Mongols

Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi on Wednesday denounced the killing of Shias in Pakistan by what he called “extremist Wahhabis”, saying they are more brutal than Mongols.

Iran’s nuclear facilities meet highest safety standards: UN ambassador

The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations has said that Iran’s nuclear facilities, including the Bushehr power plant, meet the highest international safety standards.

 

Iran Daily

Leader: Iran Progressing Despite Pressure

Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic has been on the path to progress during the past 34 years despite all pressures on the country.

Ahmadinjejad: Economic Change Can Neutralize Sanctions

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has underlined the need for structural modifications to the country’s economy as a means to overcome the sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic.

IAEA Experts Begin Talks in Tehran

Senior UN nuclear investigators have opened a new round of talks with Iranian officials in the hopes of setting frameworks for further cooperation in the future.

Iraq Attacks Leave 31 Dead

More than 30 people died in a suicide attack and other bombings in northern Iraq and Baghdad on Wednesday.
An explosives-packed vehicle driven by a suicide bomber blew up outside the offices of a major Kurdish party early Wednesday in a disputed Iraqi city, the largest in a wave of morning strikes that left at least 21 dead and scores wounded across the country.

China Signs Steel Deal in Iran

A large Chinese state-owned company said it signed a $712 million contract to help build a steel plant in Iran, signaling that Beijing isn’t ready to join western nations in increasing pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program.

NAM Raps Double Standards on Terrorism

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) denounced double standards and politicized approaches as major obstacles in the way of firmly dealing with terrorism.

Militants Kill, Kidnap Foreigners at Algerian Gas Plant

Militants attacked a gas production field in southern Algeria on Wednesday, kidnapping at least nine foreigners and killing two people including a French national during a dawn raid, local and company officials said.

WB Cuts Growth Forecasts

The World Bank (WB) cut its global growth forecast for this year as austerity measures, high unemployment and low business confidence weigh on economies in developed nations.

Pakistan Protests to India Over Kashmir Killing

The Pakistani army on Wednesday protested to India over the killing of one of its soldiers in Kashmir, the fifth fatality this year in heightened hostilities that have raised concerns about ceasefire violations between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

President: Syrians Can Weather Crisis

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the Syria nation will definitely triumph over the adversity that has plagued the Arab country for nearly two years.

Military Will Give Crushing Response to Enemies

Commander of the Islamic Revolution’s Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari underlined his forces’ complete readiness to defend the country against any enemy aggression, saying that Iran’s response to potential threats would be tough.

Iran, a Reliable European Trade Partner

Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran is a reliable trade partner for Italy and other European countries.  “Iran and Italy are two very important countries that have long-standing cultural relations and numerous commonalities,” IRNA quoted Salehi as saying during a meeting with new Italian Ambassador to Iran Luca Giansanti on Tuesday.