Iran English language newspaper headlines on Saturday, 20-04-2013

Tehran Times


Iran celebrates Armed Forces Day

Iran commemorated National Armed Forces Day on Thursday at a ceremony attended by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a number of high-ranking military officials.

Assad says West will pay for backing Al-Qaeda in Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused the West on Wednesday of supporting Al-Qaeda militants and warned they would turn against their backers and strike “in the heart of Europe and the United States”.

1 Boston bombing suspect dead, manhunt under way for 2nd

A Thursday night police chase and shootout left one Boston Marathon bombing suspect dead and another on the run, U.S. police here said, as residents of the still-grieving city were ordered by officials to “shelter in place” while the manhunt continues. One police officer was killed and another was seriously wounded during the violent spree.

Pakistan police take Musharraf into custody

Pakistani police took former president Pervez Musharraf into custody on Friday to face allegations he over- stepped his powers while in office, marking a dramatic break with a political culture in which military rulers have remained untouchable.

Protesters call for purging Egypt’s judiciary

Thousands of supporters of Egypt’s president have taken to the streets of Cairo, calling on him to “cleanse the judiciary.”

Halt to genocide trial in Guatemala is blow to victims: UN

The United Nations human rights office voiced alarm on Friday at the suspension of the genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt, calling it a blow to victims of atrocities who have waited decades for justice.

Iran, Switzerland, Syria discuss humanitarian aid to Syrian people

Iranian, Swiss, and Syrian officials held a trilateral meeting in Tehran on Wednesday in which they explored ways to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Syrian people.

Former senior U.S. officials, experts criticize White House’s Iran policy

A panel of former senior American officials and outside experts, including several who recently left the Obama administration, issued a surprisingly critical assessment of American diplomacy toward Iran on Wednesday, urging President Obama to become far more engaged and to reconsider the likelihood that harsh sanctions will drive Tehran to concessions, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

Official dismisses G8 statement about Iran’s missile, nuclear programs

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday dismissed the recent statement issued by G8 foreign ministers about the country’s nuclear and missile programs.

Ahmadinejad attends Venezuelan presidential inauguration

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had visited Caracas to participate in the inauguration ceremony of Venezuelan president- elect Nicolas Maduro on Friday.

No deal reached with IAEA for new talks: Iran

Iran has rejected reports about an agreement reached by Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for a new round of talks, Press TV has learned.

Kerry asks for patience on Iran sanctions before election

Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday asked senators pressing for tougher sanctions on Iran for its nuclear program to be patient, saying there is uncertainty in the Islamic republic two months before its June 14 election.

Iran will never give up right to peaceful nuclear energy: official

Iran Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad-Mehdi Akhondzadeh has asserted the country’s right to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.