Iran English language newspaper headlines on Tuesday, 18-03-2014

Iran Daily


Iran, Tajikistan to boost ties
Iran and Tajikistan have emphasized their determination to further enhance relations in various fields, particularly in the cultural and economic spheres.


Iran to discuss 4-point Syria plan with Brahimi

Iran has devised a four-point plan to help resolve the ongoing crisis in Syria, a top Iranian official said.


Negotiators in Vienna for nuclear talks
Negotiators from Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council have gathered in the Austrian capital, Vienna for talks on the country’s nuclear program.


Egypt crackdown brings most arrests in decades
Egypt’s crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi has jailed 16,000 people over the past eight months in the country’s biggest round-up in nearly two decades, according to previously unreleased figures from security officials.


Crimea votes to join Russia

Crimea declared independence on Monday and applied to join Russia while the Kremlin faced sanctions after the flashpoint peninsula voted to leave Ukraine in a referendum that has sparked the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.


Leader warns against forgetting major historic events
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned on Monday against forgetting major historic events through the ploys of the world hegemonic powers.


Azerbaijani president due in Tehran soon
 A senior Iranian diplomat says Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is to pay an official visit to Iran in the near future to discuss expansion of Tehran-Baku ties.


CIA suspends chief of Iran operations
The US spy agency CIA has suspended the chief of its Iran operations because his ‘mismanagement’ had put the division ‘in disarray’, a report says.


China: Final nuclear deal to benefit entire Mideast
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said a final deal between Iran and the P5+1 group on Tehran’s nuclear energy program will be in the interest of the entire Middle East.


Assyrian priest: Iran safest place for religious minorities
An Assyrian priest in the northwestern city of Orumieh expressed his satisfaction with the condition of the minorities in the country.


MP: Sanctions turned into opportunities
A senior Iranian lawmaker said Iran has succeeded in turning the restrictions caused by the imposition of Western sanctions against the country into opportunity.


Tehran Times


Crimean parliament declares independence after referendum

Crimea’s parliament on Monday declared the region an independent state, after its residents voted overwhelmingly to break off from Ukraine and seek to join Russia.


Iran forecasts increase in oil, gas output

Iran forecasts an increase in its crude oil and natural gas production in Iranian calendar year 1393, which begins on March 21.


Iran wins 2014 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup

Iran defeated Russia on Sunday to win the 2014 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup for the third time in a row.


Over 95% of Israelis say Zionist regime plagued by racism

In the lead-up to the International Day to Eliminate Racial Discrimination, which is observed on Friday, a new poll shows that more than 95 percent of Israelis believe that the Zionist regime is plagued by racism.


Syrian army prepares for offensive in Qalamoun mountains

Syrian army forces were on Monday readying an assault on the last rebel-held areas in the Qalamoun mountains, located on the Lebanese border, after overrunning the key opposition bastion Yabrud.


Iran dismisses commanders over abduction of border guards

Iran’s state TV said on Monday the military has dismissed several commanders from service and others face court proceedings for negligence after last month’s abduction of five Iranian border guards by Pakistan-based militants.


China vows to push forward Iran nuclear talks

China said on Monday it is ready to make joint efforts with relevant parties to push forward the Iran nuclear negotiations in the new round of talks.


Gulen says Erdogan crackdown worse than army coup era

Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen said a crackdown on his followers by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was “ten times worse” than anything meted out after coups by the secularist military.


Leader warns about danger of forgetting or distorting Sacred Defense

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has warned about the danger of forgetting or distorting certain aspects of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, which is known as the Sacred Defense in Iran.

Zarif, Lakhdar Brahimi discuss Syria crisis

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks on Monday with the UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, about the Syrian crisis.


U.S. senators outline ‘acceptable’ terms for Iran deal in letter to Obama

A number of U.S. senators have signed a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama outlining terms of a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program they would find ‘acceptable’, the Jerusalem Post reported on Sunday.


CIA chief of Iran operations suspended: report

The United States spy agency, the CIA, has suspended the chief of Iran operations because he had created an abusive and hostile work environment that put the “crucial division” in disarray, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.


Rouhani urges expansion of relations with Tajikistan

Iran attaches high importance to the progress and development of Persian speaking countries, President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday, emphasizing the need to strengthen Iran-Tajikistan relations.