Iran English language newspaper headlines on Tuesday, 19-02-2013

Tehran Times
Egyptian economic delegation to attend Tehran meeting

A large Egyptian economic delegation will travel to Iran to attend a two-day joint economic meeting.

Pakistani Shias demand protection from militants

Thousands of Pakistani Shi’ites furious over a sectarian bombing that killed 89 people protested on Monday, demanding that security forces protect them from hardline Sunni groups.

Iran rejects Bahrain’s claims about links to terror cell

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has rejected the Bahraini government’s claims that there are links between Tehran and eight Bahraini members of a terrorist cell who have been arrested.

Chavez in surprise return from Cuba

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made a surprise return from Cuba on Monday, more than two months after surgery for cancer that has jeopardized his 14-year rule of the South American OPEC nation.

Bahraini forces attack anti-regime protesters across kingdom

Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have attacked protesters who took part in demonstrations to call for the downfall of the regime in several locations across the kingdom.

Five workers shot at Amplats mine in South Africa: TV

At least five workers were shot on Monday after security guards at an Anglo American Platinum mine in South Africa opened fire following clashes between rival union factions, ENCA television said.

EU batting over move to ease arms low for Syrian rebels

European Union foreign ministers are wrestling with the divisive issue of whether to ease the arms embargo against Syria so military aid can be funneled to the rebels fighting President Bashar Assad.

Eurasia is an engine of global economic growth: Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Monday called for the expansion of cooperation among the Eurasian countries, saying that Eurasia is an engine of global economic growth.

‘U.S. strategy has failed due to deployment of Iranian missiles’

Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on Monday that the strategy of the United States for dealing with Iran in the country’s southern waters had failed due to the deployment of missiles in the country’s coastal areas.

Iran dismisses French allegations about its nuclear program

Iran on Monday dismissed recent allegations by French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian about Tehran’s nuclear program, advising French officials to take into account the realities on the ground.

Salehi calls Iran-Algeria ties deep-rooted

The Iranian foreign minister has described relations with Algeria as “deep-rooted”, calling for further expansion of ties with the North African country.

New destroyer, drones to be unveiled soon

Iran will unveil new domestically manufactured vessels and drones in the near future, Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi announced on Monday.

Iran criticizes offer to allow trade in gold in return for closure of Fordo

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has criticized the reported decision by the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) to offer to ease sanctions barring trade in gold and other precious metals with Iran in return for Iranian steps to shut down the Fordo uranium enrichment plant.

Results of tripartite talks on Syria to be announced: Salehi

Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the outcome of the trilateral meeting between the Islamic Republic, Egypt and Turkey on the Syrian crisis will soon be announced.


Iran Daily
Fordo Closure Offer Unacceptable

Iran criticized on Monday a reported plan by major powers demanding the closure of its Fordo nuclear facility in exchange for relaxing restrictions on the Islamic Republic’s gold-for-gas trade.

Ecuador Leader Wins Third Term

Ecuadorean voters appeared set to elect President Rafael Correa to a third term on Sunday, with an exit poll giving a wide margin of victory to the polemical economist who has raised living standards for the lower classes and widened their social safety net while being widely criticized as intolerant of dissent.

Over 1,200 Flights Grounded in Iberia Strike

As protests against austerity measures, budget cuts and evictions continue in Spain on an almost daily basis, now staff from Iberia airline have started a five-day strike, grounding hundreds of flights.

China to Join Iran $1b High-Speed Rail Project

China’s State Council approved plans to take part in the building of a high-speed railway line in Iran, two people familiar with the matter said.

Milan, Barca Meet Again As Drogba Eyes Return

Last year’s Champions League hero could return to the competition after his unhappy foray in the Far East while two of its oldest foes meet again in this week’s last-16 first leg ties.

Gold Demand Falls

As a result of lower jewelry buying in India and China, world gold demand dropped last year for the first time since 2009.

Warships to Call At Chinese Ports

Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says a fleet of Iranian warships will be docking at the Strait of Malacca and China in the near future.

Moscow Stresses Convergence With Tehran

Deputy Speaker of Russia’s State Duma Nikolai Levichev said on Monday that Moscow attaches great importance to convergence with Iran.

President Backs Anti-Poverty Fund

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has welcomed Kuwait’s proposal to set up a two-billion-dollar fund to fight poverty in Asia.

France Nuclear Allegations Baseless

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has condemned as ‘meddlesome and baseless’ the recent allegations by the French defense minister about Iran’s nuclear energy activities.

Venezuelan Arms Maker To Continue Iran Trade

Venezuelan officials said the state-owned weapons manufacturer, CAVIM, will keep on trading with Iran in defiance of US sanctions imposed on the company.

Outcome of Syria Talks Expected Soon

The outcome of the trilateral meeting between the Islamic Republic, Egypt and Turkey on the Syrian crisis will soon be announced, said Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.

Ties With Algeria on Right Track

Head of Iran-Algeria Parliamentary Friendship Group Gholam Reza Mesbahi Moqaddam voiced his satisfaction with the level of mutual cooperation between the two countries, but expressed the hope that Tehran and Algiers would further enhance their relations.

Islamic Revolution Flourishing Despite Western Pressure

Iran’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei played down the effects of western sanctions against Tehran, and said the Islamic Revolution is spreading its ideas across the world despite pressures.