Iran English language newspaper headlines on Sunday, 19-05-2013

Tehran Times


South Pars gas field to attract $16b in fiscal year

Some $16 billion will be invested in Iran’s South Pars gas field in the current Iranian calendar year, Pars Oil and Gas Company Managing Director Mohammad-Reza Zohairi said on Saturday.


Italians protest against austerity, unemployment

Thousands of people protested in Rome on Saturday against austerity policies and high unemployment, urging new Prime Minister Enrico Letta to focus on creating jobs to help pull the country out of recession.


Guantanamo hunger strike enters 100th day

Activists demanding the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison have marked the 100th day of a hunger strike there by submitting a petition to the White House containing
some 370,000 signatures.


Russian security services out CIA Moscow chief

Russia’s security services have openly named the alleged CIA Moscow station chief in a rare breach of protocol after arresting a purported U.S. intelligence agent working


Assad: West fueling violence, not stopping it

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used a rare interview – carried out amid the sound of artillery fire resounding through his presidential palace in Damascus – to warn the United States and Russia that their efforts to bring about talks will do little to halt the violence in his country.


Militants kidnap father of Syrian deputy FM

Foreign-sponsored militants on Saturday abducted the elderly father of Syria’s deputy foreign minister, the official’s office said, in the latest kidnapping targeting family members of figures in President alBashar Assad’s government.


Iraqi merchants buying Iranian wheat at a higher price

On Saturday, a number of Iranian MPs criticized the government for buying wheat from farmers at a low price, saying it has encouraged Iraqi merchants to buy wheat from Iranian farmers at a higher price.


Over 1500 approved to run in Tehran Prov. city and village council elections

The qualifications of over 1500 candidates, who had registered to run in the fourth city and village council elections in Tehran Province, have been approved, the Fars News Agency reported on Saturday.


Iran says supports Turkish unity

Iran supports any action that Turkey takes to protect its unity and solidarity, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said at a press conference in the Iranian consulate in Istanbul on Friday.


Red line over Iran’s nuclear program is set by NPT not Israel: nuclear negotiator

In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator and presidential candidate has said that Iran does not give any credibility to Israel, noting the red line over Tehran’s nuclear program is set not by Israel but by the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty regulations.


France calls for stricter sanctions against Iran

The United States and European nations should take “decisive sanctions” against Iran over its nuclear program, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday, according to AFP.


Iran urges swift action to end violence against Muslims in Myanmar

Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei has urged a swift end to the violence and the breach of human rights against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.


Lankarani not to withdraw bid for Iran presidency

Iranian presidential hopeful Kamran Baqeri Lankarani says he has no intention of stepping aside in favor of any other hopeful in Iran’s June presidential election.



Iran Daily


Call for Swift Action On Myanmar

Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei has urged a swift end to the violence and the breach of human rights against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.


President Urges Speedy Information Dissemination

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called on officials to address the demands of the nation and increase interaction with the people.


West Warned Over Arming Militants in Syria

With growing international pressure to end the two-year-long conflict, Iran–which maintains strong connections with President Bashar-Al Assad’s government–has come out strongly in favor of Syria’s legitimate government, warning the West against arming the militants.


Stuxnet Virus Improves Iran’s Nuclear Capabilities

When the Stuxnet computer virus attacked Iran’s nuclear enrichment facilities in 2010, it was widely acknowledged to be the most successful cyber attack of all time.


Indian Insurance Services for Oil Imports

New Delhi has announced its decision to provide Indian importers of Iranian oil with insurance services, media reports said.


8 Killed, 10 Policemen Kidnapped in Iraq

Suspected Sunni militants killed four state-backed Sunni fighters in Iraq on Saturday, security sources said, apparently viewing them as collaborators with the government of a nation plagued by sectarian hatred.


Global Shift in Investments Forecast

Over the next decade and a half, a major global shift will result in the developing world controlling roughly half of the world’s capital, up from less than a third.


Southern Province Hit by 5.7 Magnitude Quake

An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale has struck the southern Iranian province of Hormuzgan.


Iran Hosts Islamic Confab In Lebanon

Prominent Shiite and Sunni Muslim scholars from 12 countries attended a two-day meeting at Iranian ambassador’s residence in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.


IRGC Ready To Defend Persian Gulf

Commander of the Islamic Revolution’s Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi emphasized the IRGC’s full preparedness to defend Iran’s interests in the strategic Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf.


World Powers Criticized for Blocking Settlement of N. Issue

A senior lawmaker blasted the world powers for blocking the settlement of Tehran’s nuclear issue by raising unbalanced and excessive demands in their proposals, and underlined that Iran will not accept any undertakings beyond the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).


Afghan Chief Justice in Tehran

Afghanistan’s Chief Justice Abdul Salam Azimi arrived in Tehran on Saturday to discuss bilateral ties and mutual cooperation with senior Iranian officials.


Turkey Not to End Iran Oil Imports

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara has not yet made any decision on cutting oil imports from Iran, despite US pressure to hinder Tehran-Ankara energy cooperation.