Iran English language newspaper headlines on Monday, 18-02-2013

Tehran Times
Brahimi calls for Syria peace talks at UN

UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has called for talks between the Syrian opposition and an “acceptable delegation” from the government in Damascus on a political solution to the country’s 23-month-old insurgency.

Blasts hit Shia districts in Baghdad, killing dozens

Multiple car bombs exploded within minutes of each other as Iraqis were out shopping in and around Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 37 people and wounding more than 100 in mainly Shia areas.

Anti-Shia terrorist group behind Quetta carnage

The outlawed Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has claimed responsibility for Saturday’s massacre in Quetta.

Iran will not sell gas to Pakistan at discount rate: oil minister

Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi has announced that the country will not supply Pakistan natural gas at a discount price.

Tens of thousands join electricity protests across Bulgaria

Tens of thousands of Bulgarians protested in more than 20 cities against high electricity bills on Sunday, piling pressure on the government after a week of persistent demonstrations.

Abu Dhabi lays foundations for mammoth Pakistan property project

A member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family says he plans to spend $45 billion over up to 15 years on a real estate project in Karachi, touted in Pakistan as the country’s biggest ever foreign investment.

Iran will never shut down Fordo: MP

Iranian MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi has said that the Fordo uranium enrichment facility will never be closed down.

Breakthrough at Iran nuclear talks depends on Western strategy

A deal with Iran over its nuclear program will not be possible if the United States and its Western allies decide to continue with an inflexible approach devoid of a realistic “bargain” between easing sanctions and Iran’s nuclear cooperation, according to an article published on Asia Times Online on February 15.

Supreme Court upholds death sentences for four convicts in $2.6 billion fraud case

Iran’s Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences of four individuals convicted of involvement in a $2.6 billion financial fraud case, the office of the national prosecutor general announced on Sunday.

Ambassador calls Tehran-Ankara ties exemplary

Iran’s ambassador to Ankara says expansion of economic relations between Iran and Turkey has paved the ground for closer ties in other areas as well.

Iran determined to safeguard its nuclear rights: Larijani

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has said that Iran is determined to defend its nuclear rights.

Iran condemns terrorist attacks in Pakistan

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has denounced the terrorist attack in Pakistan in which 81 people have lost their lives, calling it a criminal act which only serves the interest of the enemies of the Pakistani nation.


Iran Daily
President: Tehran-Cairo Ties Key for Region

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stressed that close relations between Iran and Egypt can help reforming and improving the situation in the region and the world.

Sanctions Made Iran Self-Sufficient In Nuclear Program

International sanctions imposed against Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program have actually helped the Islamic Republic to become self-sufficient in producing required materials, said a recent article.

Support for Palestine IRNA’s Sensitive Mission

Managing Director of Islamic Republic News Agency Majid Omidi Shahraki said on Sunday that supporting the oppressed people of the world especially the Palestinian nation is the sensitive mission of IRNA as a free and independent news agency.

Non-Oil Exports To Exceed $50 b By Year end

A veteran businessman expressed pleasure in the eye-catching growth in Iran’s non-oil exports, and said the volume of the country’s non-oil exports is slated to surpass $50 billion by the end of the current Iranian year (ends March 20).

Baghdad Bomb Attacks Leave 37 Dead

Multiple car bombs exploded within minutes of each other as Iraqis were out shopping in and around Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 37 people and wounding more than 100 in mainly Shiite areas.

Harsh Response Awaits Israel for Killing IRGC Cmdr

Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said Israel will receive a severe response to the recent assassination of a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution’s Guards Corps (IRGC).

Navy Building Base Along Southeastern Coasts

The Navy is establishing a new naval base on the southeastern borders along the coast of the Sea of Oman in a bid to strengthen the country’s line of defense, Navy commander said.

Non-Oil Trade With Pakistan Reaches $718m

The value of non-oil trade between Iran and Pakistan reached $718 million during March 20, 2012-Jan. 20, 2013.

Pakistan Gov’t Under Fire Over Quetta Killings

Pakistan’s government, which is gearing up for elections expected within months, came under fire on Sunday for failing to improve security after a sectarian bombing in the city of Quetta killed 80 people.

UN Chief Violates Principle Of Impartiality on N-issue

As a usual procedure of the past few years, whenever Iran and the six world powers known as the P5+1 group are scheduled to start a new round of negotiations, western media try to create media hype in order to make negotiations difficult for the Iranian delegation and therefore achieve their objectives in an atmosphere of ‘media intimidation’.

MPs Apologize for Controversial Impeachment

Almost 260 lawmakers, in a Sunday statement, apologized to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution for the recent impeachment of the former labor minister which became a source of friction between the president and Majlis speaker.

Scrapping Bans, Least of Iran’s Demands

A senior lawmaker said the lifting of sanctions imposed against Iran is Iran’s minimum demand in the upcoming talks with the P5+1 group of world powers.

Majlis Ready for Exchanges With Tunisia

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani in a message to Speaker of Tunisian National Constituent Assembly Mustapha Ben Jaafar voiced Majlis’ readiness to exchange parliamentary delegations with the North African country.