Iran English language newspaper headlines on Saturday, 05-04-2014

Iran Daily


Iran surprise tourism hit in 2014

Tour operators have seen a significant rise in bookings for holidays to Iran, as improved relations with the West and an expectation that Foreign Office travel advice will be relaxed boost tourist interest, British newspaper Daily Telegraph reported.


Iran criticizes EP resolution as unrealistic

Iran has criticized a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on human rights situation in the country as unrealistic and counterproductive.


US: Iran fulfills commitments in nuclear deal

The US says Iran has fulfilled its commitments in an interim nuclear deal reached between Tehran and the P5+1 group in Geneva last year.


Afghans to vote in presidential election

Afghans vote today for presidential election that is meant to mark the first democratic transfer of power in its history.


Kerry: US evaluating role in Middle East talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry warned on Friday the United States was evaluating whether to continue its role in Middle East peace talks after both Israeli and Palestinian sides had taken steps that were not helpful.


MP: Iran border guards freed

An Iranian lawmaker has confirmed an Al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group operating in a lawless frontier area along the Pakistan-Iran border has released Iranian border guards abducted two months ago.


Leader urges focus on economy, culture in New Year

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called on Iranian officials to focus their efforts on economic blossoming and cultural development.


Austrian president to visit Iran

Austrian President Heinz Fischer is reportedly set to visit Iran following recent meetings between high-ranking officials from the two countries.

Expert-level nuclear talks focus on technical issues

The second day of nuclear talks focusing on technical issues between Iran and the P5+1 group kicked off in Vienna on Friday ahead of a new round of nuclear negotiations.


IMF: Signs of stability in Iran’s economy

The International Monetary Fund has said that there have been some signs of stability in Iran’s economy since the Presidential election in mid-2013.


Iran, UN stress Syria political solution

The Iranian ambassador to Beirut and the UN special coordinator for Lebanon have stressed a political solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria.



Tehran Times



Leader highlights importance of economy and culture in new year

In his new year message to the Iranian nation on the evening of March 20, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution put a great emphasis on the importance of economy and culture.

Iranian border guards freed: MP

Four out of five Iranian border guards who were abducted two months ago near Iran’s border with Pakistan have been freed, the Mehr News Agency quoted Iranian lawmaker Esmaeil Kowsari as saying on Friday.


Afghans go to poll to pick new president

Afghans go to the polls on Saturday, April 5, to elect a president to succeed Hamid Karzai, who has governed the country since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, but cannot
contest for a third consecutive term, as per the rules of the Afghan Constitution.


Iran says does not want ‘extremist forces’ to seize power in Syria

Iran, Syria’s main regional ally, does not see President Bashar al-Assad staying in power indefinitely but neither does it want “extremist forces” to replace him, a senior Iranian diplomat said on  Wednesday in an interview with Reuters.


Bahrain activists urge boycott of F1 race

Bahrain’s Center for Human Rights has called for a boycott of the island’s Formula One grand prix event due to take place this weekend, as sporadic anti-government protests continue in the country.


European Parliament resolution will not tighten sanctions on Iran: Zarif

A draft resolution against Iran by the European Parliament will not lead to an increase of sanctions against Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday.


U.S. trying to facilitate humanitarian trade with Iran: official

The United States is working hard to make sure that humanitarian trade with Iran is not affected by the sanctions imposed on the country, according to a senior U.S. State Department official.


Austrian president set to visit Iran

Austrian President Heinz Fischer has ‘in principle’ accepted an invitation to visit Iran, his office said on Wednesday, Reuters reported.


U.S. ‘troubled’ by Iran’s new UN envoy appointee

The U.S. State Department has said that it is troubled by reports that Iran has picked Hamid Aboutalebi to represent the Islamic Republic at the United Nations.