Iran English language newspaper headlines on Wednesday, 27-02-2013

Tehran Times
 Iran to offer new proposal in nuclear talks

Iran is ready to offer a new proposal during nuclear talks with world powers in Kazakhstan, Iranian news agencies quoted an informed source close to the Iranian negotiating team as saying on Tuesday.

U.S. senators press EU on Iran sanctions: report

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Monday pressed the EU to deny Iran access to its euro-denominated foreign exchange reserves, in a new push to tighten sanctions ahead of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, the Financial Times reported.

Resistance fighters fire rocket into Israel to avenge Palestinian prisoner’s death

Gaza resistance fighters on Tuesday fired a rocket into Israel for the first time in three months, rattling a cross-border truce that has held since Israel’s military offensive against the besieged coastal territory.

Hot air balloon crash in Egypt kills 18 tourists

A hot air balloon flying over Egypt’s ancient city of Luxor caught fire and crashed into a sugar cane field on Tuesday, killing at least 18 foreign tourists in one of the world’s deadliest ballooning accidents and a new blow to Egypt’s ailing tourism industry.

Qatar’s imprisonment of poet is a rights violation: MP

Iranian MP Abbas Qaeid-Rahmat says that Qatar’s imprisonment of a poet for his criticism of the government shows that the Arab monarchy has no respect for its citizens’ most basic rights, including the right to freedom of expression.

Bahraini court clears 2 policemen in protester death

Mohamamd Hassan Nami approved as communications minister

A defense lawyer in Bahrain says a court has acquitted two policemen charged in the shooting death of a protester at the beginning of the 2-year-old revolution in the Persian Gulf nation.

Threatening Iran is a hindrance to nuclear talks: Jack Straw

Former British foreign secretary Jack Straw, in an article published in the Telegraph on Monday says that threatening Iran with military action over its nuclear program is a hindrance to the process of talks between Iran and world powers meant to resolve the country’s nuclear issue.

Judges involved in Kahrizak case stand trial in Tehran

A closed-door court session in the trial of the three judges accused of involvement in the case of the Kahrizak incident was held in Tehran on Tuesday.

‘I will withdraw candidacy if Khatami or Rafsanjani runs for president’

Former trade minister Mohammad Shariatmadari has said if Expediency Council Chairman Hashemi Rafsanjani, or former president Mohammad Khatami, Hassan Khomeini (Imam Khomeini’s grandson), former Majlis speaker Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri decide to contest the presidential election he will give up presidential bid.

Iran Daily
Tehran Presents New Proposals to P5+1 in Almaty

The first round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 — the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany — wrapped up in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

Drills Only Showed Part of IRGC Power

The deputy commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said ground and air military exercises codenamed “Payambar Azam-8” (The Great Prophet-8) show merely part of the capabilities of the IRGC.

Saudis Supply Syrian Insurgents With Croatian Arms

A new report has revealed that Saudi Arabia has supplied foreign-backed militants in Syria with large cargos of infantry and heavy weapons through Jordan.

97 Myanmar Asylum Seekers Die of Starvation

Myanmar asylum seekers rescued by Sri Lanka’s navy last week said they floated at sea for 25 days and 97 people died of starvation after Thailand’s navy intercepted them and forcibly removed their boat’s engine. The Thai navy has denied the allegation.

2013 Oil Outlook Positive

The oil and gas industries have experienced an admirable start to 2013 as improvements in the global economy has seen both the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) and Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) raise their forecasts for global oil demand in 2013.

Envoy Blasts Sanctions as Anti-Human Rights Measure

Iran’s Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva Seyyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi lambasted the world powers, specially the US, for imposing tough sanctions against Tehran.

Stock Markets In EU Plunge

Stock markets and southern European government bonds sank on Tuesday on fears that an electoral stalemate in Italy would leave its economic reform efforts in tatters and reignite the euro zone’s broader debt crisis.

President Opens Major Development Projects

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday opened a number of large-scale development projects in the southern province of Fars.

Glimmer of Hope in Almaty

Iran and the world powers of the 5+1 group are starting a new round of talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on February 26. The outcome of these long-awaited negotiations would depend on a variety of factors such as possible offers to be discussed in the gathering.

Lift Embargos for Freezing Enrichment

A senior lawmaker suggested that western governments fully lift sanctions against the Islamic Republic in return for Iran’s suspension of 20-percent uranium enrichment.

Iran-India Can Ward Off Energy Monopoly

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has called for Iran-India cooperation to prevent powerful countries from taking control of energy chokepoints.

Anti-Drug Cooperation With Bolivia Discussed

Iran and Bolivia can promote cooperation in anti-narcotics fields, head of Iran’s anti-narcotics police General Ali Moayedi said during the first Iran-Bolivia joint commission meeting in Tehran on Tuesday.

Tehran, Cairo in Tourism Talks

Iranian and Egyptian officials explored avenues for further expansion of tourism ties, and underlined that they plan to endorse a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the end of their talks.