Iran English language newspaper headlines on Thursday, 24-01-2013

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11 petchem complexes to be constructed in southern Iran

Iran plans to construct 11 petrochemical complexes in Khuzestan and Bushehr provinces, with the main goal of boosting petrochemical exports, according to National Iranian Petrochemical Company official Mohammad Ziar.

Suicide bomber kills 42 at Iraq funeral

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives during a funeral ceremony Wednesday at a Shia mosque in northern Iraq, killing at least 42 people, and injuring more than 75 people, an official said.

Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union emphasizes Iran’s nuclear rights

The Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union emphasized the right of Iran and other Muslim countries to peaceful use of nuclear technology in a statement issued at the end of its two-day meeting in Khartoum on Tuesday.

Jordanians vote for newly empowered parliament

Jordanians voted Wednesday for a parliament with wider authority, as the king cedes some of his powers to try to prevent simmering dissent from boiling over into a full blown Arab Spring uprising.

Rights group warns of executions by Malian army

A France-based human rights group on Wednesday accused Malian forces of dozens of “summary executions” and other abuses as they counter-attack Islamist extremists holed up in the West African country’s hinterlands with key support from French air power and troops.

Saudi Arabia adopting last-ditch stances on Syria: Syrian politician

Sameer Hawash, a senior member of Syria’s al-Shaab party, says that Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal’s recent call for the United Nations Security Council to take action on Syria is a sign of great despair in the Arab monarchy.

IAEA should adapt to realties: Iranian ambassador

Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said that the UN nuclear watchdog should adapt itself to realities in order to help the talks over the country’s nuclear program produce positive results.

Russia says idea of isolating Iran is futile

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that the idea of isolating Iran is futile. “Isolating Iran is a futile idea, and this approach will not be effective,” the Russian foreign minister said at his annual news conference.

Iran attaches great significance to ties with Africa: Majlis speaker

Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani says the Islamic Republic attaches great significance to the expansion of relations with African countries.

Majlis Presiding Board acknowledges receipt of impeachment motion against labor minister

The Majlis Presiding Board acknowledged the receipt of the impeachment motion against Cooperatives, Labor, and Social Welfare Minister Abdolreza Sheikholeslami on Wednesday.

‘Administration seeking to increase revenues from subsidy cuts’

MP Esmaeil Jalili said on Wednesday that the administration is seeking to significantly increase its revenues from subsidy cuts.

‘We cannot pin hopes on second stage of subsidy reform plan’

As debates are heating up over implementing the second stage of the subsidy reform plan MP Masoud Pezeshkian says the first stage of the reform plan was implemented ineptly and now “we cannot expect that its second stage” be implemented properly.

West has adopted doublestandard approach toward terrorism: Iranian envoy

Iran’s ambassador to Madrid says Spain’s move to invite a leader of the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) to the European country is another example of the West’s double standards in fighting terrorism.


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IIPU Supports Iran Call For Nuclear-Free Mideast

The Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union (IIPU) has underscored Iran’s call for the denuclearization of the Middle East.
In a 17-point resolution issues at the closing session of its two-day meeting in Khartoum on Tuesday, the 48-member IIPU demanded that weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and particularly nuclear weapons be removed from the Middle East, Press TV reported.

62.86bcm Natural Gas Extracted In 10 Months

Iranian experts and technicians have recovered about 63 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas from different phases of the country’s South Pars gas field since the beginning of the current year (started March 20, 2012), official data said.

New Delhi, Tehran Have Special Relationship

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee said India and Iran have a special relationship rooted in history and tradition and New Delhi is interested in expanding relations with Tehran.

Russia: Syria Rebels Obsession With Assad Blocks Peace

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s foes are bent on overthrowing his government and called their “obsession” with this goal an insurmountable obstacle to peace.

Gold Plateau in 2013

Gold could see record average highs this year and next, but its 12-year long bull run may be reaching a plateau as gains get smaller on expectations for monetary policy to stabilize in the US and other key economies.

Iran, Sudan Underscore Expanded Ties

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani and Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir have emphasized the expansion of bilateral ties between Tehran and Khartoum.

British PM Proposes Vote On EU Relationship

Britain’s prime minister said on Wednesday he will offer citizens a vote on whether to leave the European Union if his party wins the next election, prompting warnings from fellow member states about the soundness of such a move.

IRNA Chief Introduced

The new IRNA chief was introduced in a ceremony attended by senior government officials in Tehran on Wednesday.
In the ceremony, government spokesman Gholam-Hossain Elham commended the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) and its former managing director Ali Akbar Javanfekr.

Moscow Backing Tehran’s Syria Peace Plan

Russian Ambassador to Iraq Ilya Morgunov said that his country supports Iran’s peace initiative for the crisis in Syria, and underscored Moscow’s strong opposition to foreign intervention in the world countries.

Call for Realistic IAEA Approach to Talks

Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says the outcome of February nuclear talks in Tehran would depend on the Agency’s realism.

Comdr: Ground Force’s Combat Capability High

A senior Iranian commander said that the Army Ground Force has upgraded its combat capabilities using state-of-the-art sciences and modern training courses.

Ayatollah Araki At Iran Institute

Ayatollah Mohsen Araki, secretary general of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought (WFPIST) visited Iran Cultural and Press Institute on Wednesday.