Iran English language newspaper headlines on Thursday, 23-01-2014

Iran Daily 


Davos, a chance to present Iran views to world

President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Davos, a Swiss resort, on Wednesday to take part in the World Economic Forum, slated for January 22-25.


Muallem: Syrians must decide Assad legitimacy

Syria’s government and main political opposition traded bitter accusations as a major peace conference began in Switzerland on Wednesday.


Iran’s oil sales rise after sanction relief

Iran’s oil exports have picked up modestly in January for the third consecutive month, according to sources tracking tanker movements, adding to signs that the easing of sanctions pressure on Tehran is helping its oil exports to recover.


South Korea parliament speaker to visit Iran

Speaker of South Korea’s National Assembly Kang Chang-hee is to pay a three-day official visit to Tehran, Iran’s ambassador in Seoul said.


Three killed in Ukraine protests

Ukraine’s prime minister said on Wednesday that anti-government protests had brought “terrorists” onto the streets of Kiev and pledged to punish all “criminal action”, even as protesters confronted police near government headquarters.


Russia: Negotiators preparing for another round of talks with Iran

Russia said the six world powers (five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany) and European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton have begun preparing a new round of talks over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program at a coordination meeting in Geneva.


Fact-finding committee set up in region

Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and Africa Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Wednesday that Iran has set up a fact-finding committee in the region to study the role of Saudi Arabia and Yemen in supporting extremist and terrorist groups.


Naval fleet sets sail for Atlantic Ocean

The 29th Fleet of the Iranian Navy has headed to the Atlantic Ocean in line with the country’s policy to safeguard naval routes for its vessels.


Romania attaches importance to Iran ties

Romanian Ambassador to Iran Christian Teodorescu says his country attaches great and special importance to relations with the Islamic Republic.


Cuban delegation due in Tehran

Cuban Ambassador to Tehran Vladimir Andres Gonzalez Quesada said on Wednesday that a Cuban economic delegation will visit Iran in April.


Tehran Times 


Geneva II gets off to acrimonious start

Heightened tensions and the vast divide between opposing sides in the Syrian war were already on show in the opening statements of the Geneva II peace talks, which started in Montreux, Switzerland on Wednesday morning.


Global community can end hunger :WFP director

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) executive director says the global community has the tools to make this generation the last generation of hungry people in the world.


Iran’s oil sales rise as sanctions pressure eases – sources

Iran’s oil exports have picked up modestly in January for the third consecutive month, according to sources who track tanker movements, adding to signs that the easing of sanctions pressure on Tehran is helping its oil exports to recover.


Ukraine takes hard line on protests as Yanukovich denounces bloodshed

Ukraine’s prime minister denounced anti-government protesters as “terrorists” on Wednesday, but in what appeared to be his first real move to end weeks of unrest President Viktor Yanukovich held talks with opposition leaders.


Israel plans 261 settler homes deep in West Bank: NGO

Israel on Wednesday moved forward with plans for 261 new homes in two settlements located deep in the occupied West Bank, the Peace Now settlement watchdog said.


Hezbollah critics provide cover for takfiris: Lebanese FM

Lebanon’s caretaker Foreign Affairs Minister Adnan Mansour said Wednesday critics of Hezbollah’s role in Syria seek to divert attention from the takfiri threat, at a UN peace conference on Syria.


Time to end al-Qaeda presence in Falluja: Maliki

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki said on Wednesday it was time to clear al-Qaedalinked militants out of the rebel-held city of Falluja, but set no deadline for any military assault.


Bahrain attempts to revive reconciliation talks

Bahrain’s crown prince has pulled reconciliation talks back from the brink by organizing a meeting with the opposition, Reuters reported.


White House seeks to bypass Congress on Iran deal

The White House has been exploring ways to circumvent Congress and unilaterally lift sanctions on Iran once a final nuclear agreement is reached, according to sources with knowledge of White House conversations and congressional insiders familiar with its strategy, the Washington Free Beacon reported on Tuesday.


Iran calls on UN to condemn assassination of Iranian diplomat in Yemen

Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammad Khazaee, has called on the UN Security Council to take action against terrorist attacks in the wake of the recent assassination of an Iranian diplomat in Yemen.


Iranian warships to dock in South African port

The Iranian Navy’s 29th fleet of warships will dock in a South African port on their way to the Atlantic Ocean, the deputy commander of the Iranian Navy said in an interview with the Fars News Agency published on Wednesday.


U.S. should admit Levinson worked for CIA: family

The family of Bob Levinson, the retired FBI agent, who reportedly went missing in Iran nearly seven years ago, has said that it is time for the U.S. government to lay out the facts about his case.


Syria talks unlikely to bear fruit: Iranian president

Talks in Switzerland over the three-year crisis in Syria are unlikely to be successful, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday.


Iran, world powers preparing another round of nuclear talks: Russia

The sextet of negotiators on Iran’s nuclear program and European Union High foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton began preparing a new round of talks with the Iranians at a coordination meeting in Geneva on Tuesday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on the same day.


China opposed to economic sanctions on Iran: envoy

Chinese Ambassador to Tehran Yu Hongyang urged the international community to lift economic sanctions against Iran.