Iran English language newspaper headlines on Monday, 25-02-2013

Tehran Times
Iran will never halt nuclear program: MPs

Two hundred and fifty-two Iranian lawmakers issued a statement on Sunday saying Iran will never halt its peaceful nuclear program.

Pakistan PM says Islamabad resolved to go ahead with Iran gas plan

Talking to journalists at the Government College, Hyderabad, during a visit to his alma mater, he said: “Pakistan is facing a serious energy crisis and we want to end it as soon as possible.”

African leaders sign deal to end eastern Congo conflict

African leaders signed a U.N.-mediated deal on Sunday aimed at ending two decades of conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo and paving the way for the deployment of a new military brigade to take on rebel groups.

Doctor says Iraqi president speaking ater stroke

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is able to speak and understand people around him as he recovers from a stroke he suffered in December, a doctor responsible for his medical care said Sunday.

Pakistani Shias demand special parliamentary session on Quetta killings

Hazara Shia Muslims in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta have called on the government in Islamabad to convene a special session of the parliament to discuss the recent killings of Shias in the city.

Frustrated Italians vote in crucial election for euro zone

Italians voted on Sunday in one of the most closely watched and unpredictable elections in years, with pent-up fury over a discredited elite adding to concern it may not produce a government strong enough to lead Italy out of an economic slump.

Iran calls for expansion of ties with Italy

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met with new Italian Ambassador to Tehran Luca Giansanti on Sunday and called for expansion of ties between Iran and Italy.

Intl. campaign calls for lifting of sanctions on Iran

The International Action Center (IAC) has posted a statement entitled “Hands off Iran!” that calls for the immediate lifting of sanctions against Iran on its website and calls on the world’s peace-loving people to sign on to it.

Zafar cruise missile successfully ired from IRGC speedboat

A Zafar (Victory) cruise missile was fired from a speedboat of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in the Persian Gulf on Sunday and successfully hit the designated target, according to the Persian service of the Fars News Agency.

Iranian Army to hold military exercise soon

The Iranian Army will hold a military exercise by the end of the current Iranian calendar year, which concludes on March 20, Army Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan told IRNA on Sunday.

Resistance Front will surely name presidential candidate: spokesman

The Islamic Revolution Resistance Front has said it will definitely field a candidate for the June presidential election, ISNA reported on Sunday.

Iran’s new budget reduces oil revenue reliance: Ahmadinejad

Iran’s president says the government’s proposed budget for the coming Iranian calendar year (starting March 21) foresees a decrease in dependence on oil revenues in order to counter the Western sanctions.

Azerbaijan supports Iran’s nuclear program

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev has reiterated his country’s support for Iran’s peaceful nuclear program and called for an expansion of ties with Iran in all areas.


Iran Daily
Security Cooperation Will Guarantee Regional Tranquility

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili said Sunday that Iran-Azerbaijan security cooperation would benefit all regional states and guarantee security for the entire region.

President: New Budget Cuts Reliance on Oil Revenue

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said late Saturday that the government’s proposed budget for the coming Iranian year (starting March 21) foresees a decrease in dependence on oil revenues in order to counter western sanctions.

Majlis: Nuclear Progress, Non-Stop Train

Iranian parliamentarians have stressed that Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program will never stop.

Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike

Some 3,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails staged a one-day hunger strike Sunday in protest at the death of an inmate, an official said, as Israel’s security forces braced for demonstrations.

UK Lib Dems Hit by Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

British Liberal Democrats were hit by fresh allegations of sexual misconduct and cover-up on Saturday night as the party admitted it had failed to “fully live up to our political ideals”.

Thousands Isolated by Australia Floodwaters

Thousands of people on Australia’s east coast were cut off Sunday by floodwaters which have claimed two lives, while violent thunderstorms and a series of reported “mini-tornados” destroyed homes south of Sydney.

Global Forex Flows Surge

After several lackluster years, the $5-trillion foreign exchange market has bolted back to life with institutional investors leading the charge and banks standing to gain from the activity.

West’s Anti-Iran Nuclear Claims, False Propaganda

A political activist said that the US-led Western allegations against Iran’s nuclear energy program are ‘false propaganda’ and ‘lies’.

Ahmadinejad Receives 3 Envoys

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received Sri Lankan and Italian new ambassadors to Tehran as well as a Sudanese especial presidential envoy in Tehran on Sunday.

IRIB Criticized for Censorship of President’s Presser

Presidential Office on Sunday hit out at the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) for censoring a live press conference by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, calling it a severe blow to freedom of speech.

Syrian FM to Visit Tehran

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem is due to visit Tehran on Monday to discuss his county’s situation with Iranian officials.