Iran English language newspaper headlines on Sunday, 17-03-2013

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Leader Urges More Road Safety Measures for Norouz

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called on the traffic police to adopt tougher safety measures on highways during New Year’s holidays.

Iran’s Int’l Science Production Ranking Up

Minister of Science, Research and Technology Kamran Daneshjou announced Iran’s astonishing growth in the world’s scientific output, saying that Iran’s world rankings in different scientific scales have improved.

US Drones Cannot Identify Radar Systems’ Blind Spots

A senior lawmaker lauded the country’s Armed Forces for their ability in detecting and repelling enemy aggressions.

Zimbabweans Vote on New Constitution

Zimbabweans voted for a new constitution on Saturday that would clip presidential powers and pave the way for an election to decide whether Robert Mugabe extends his three-decade rule.

Muslim States Accept UN Statement on Women

Muslim and western nations on Friday overcame deep divisions to agree a historic United Nations declaration setting out a code of conduct for combating violence against women.

Drought Devastates Economy

Drought affects all of society, from agriculture to industry. Both villagers’ and urban residents’ electricity, water supply, income and food depend on the amount of rainfall in their country.

US to Bolster Missile Defenses to Counter N. Korea

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced plans on Friday to bolster US missile defenses in response to “irresponsible and reckless provocations” by North Korea, which threatened a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States last week.

UN Rights Council Fails to Raise Bahrain’s Violations

Despite widespread human rights violations by Bahraini authorities against peaceful protests in the country, UN Human Rights Council opened with no attention to the rights violations in the tiny Persian Gulf island.

FM Spokesman: Methods Devised to Foil Banking Sanctions

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said various methods have been devised to foil sanctions against Iran’s banking system.

Expert-Level Nuclear Meeting Due in Istanbul

Experts from Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers are due to meet in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Sunday to discuss the agenda for the next round of talks between the two sides.

Combat Capability for JetRanger Choppers

The Iranian Army’s Airborne Division managed to add combat capability to its Bell-206 JetRanger helicopters, a senior commander announced on Saturday.

Iran’s Clout, Cause Of Enemies’ Retreat

Islamic Republic’s power forced enemies to retreat from their illegal demands, Deputy Interior Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Solat Mortazavi said on Friday.

Human Trafficking Rings‎ Broken Up

Iran’s border guards have identified and dismantled two human trafficking rings at the ‎northwestern borders of the country, Border Guard Commander Brigadier ‎General Hossein Zolfaqari said on Saturday.‎

Envoy Hails Growing Ties With Beijing

Iran’s Ambassador to China Mehdi Safari on Saturday praised the growing ties between Iran and China, and described the two countries’ cooperation as ‘strategic’.