Iran English language newspaper headlines on Sunday, 14-12-2014

Iran Daily


First petrochem shipment for Belgium

Jam Petrochemical Complex (JPC) is to export the first 2,000-ton polyethylene consignment to Belgium next week.


Millions of pilgrims in Karbala mark Arba’een

Millions of pilgrims from around the world arrived in the holy Iraqi city of Karbala to commemorate Arba’een, which marks the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of the third Shia Imam, Imam Hussein (PBUH).


Russia will react if US imposes new sanctions

Russia will take counter measures if Washington imposes new sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Saturday.

Christians have fled ISIL terrorists 160,000

At least 160,000 Christians have been forced to flee Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, since ISIL seized the city in June, a Christian lawmaker said.


Dozens killed in Afghanistan violence

The Afghan Taliban killed a Supreme Court official, a group of mine clearers and two foreign soldiers but also suffered heavy losses as violence intensifies in the run-up to the withdrawal of most international troops in the next two weeks.


SNSC secretary: Iran, PGCC states enjoy good ties

Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said Iran has good cooperation with member states of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council.


Tehran Times


20 million converge on Karbala

The number of pilgrims wh o flocked to the holy city of Karbala for the Arbaeen ceremonies passed the 20-million mark, Iraqi officials announced on Saturday.


Sunnis guard Iran’s southeastern, western borders: minister

Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli says the ISIL terrorists, operating in neighboring Iraq, pose no security threat to the Islamic Republic’s western borders.


Iraqi MP: At least 160,000 Iraqi Christians flee Mosul

At least 160,000 Iraqi Christians have been forced out of their homes in the city of Mosul after the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists seized Iraq’s second-larg- est city in June, a Christian lawmaker said.


Iraqi army prepares for ‘liberation of Mosul’

Iraqi forces are making plans for a push into Mosul, Iraq’s second city that was captured by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Le- vant (ISIL) terrorists six month ago, Iraq’s Finance Minister Ho- shyar Zebari told Al Jazeera.

Terrorist acts have nothing to do with spirit of Islam: Shamkhani

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council condemned terrorist attacks in Karbala on Friday and said such terrorist acts have nothing to do with the “spirit of Islam”.


Iran, 5+1 to resume nuclear talks on Wednesday

Nuclear talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China, and Germany) will be resumed in Geneva on Wednesday.


5.2-mangnitude earthquake shakes southwestern Iran

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 on the Richter scale hit the city of Behbahan in Khuzestan province on Saturday morning.


Ahmad Khatami calls for reconciliation of political factions

Tehran’s Friday Prayers leader Ayatollah Seyed Ahmad Khatami has called for reconciliation of the ideas of different political factions in the country.


Israel must pay Iran for pipeline project loss: Swiss Arbitration panel

A Swiss arbitration panel has ruled that Israel should pay Iran for the loss of its stake in the Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline.

Iran calls Senate report on CIA torture ‘shocking’

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Aham has described a U.S. Senate report on the CIA’s torture program as “shocking”.

‘Comprehensive nuclear deal not possible without total lifting of sanctions’

The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency has said that a comprehensive nuclear deal is impossible without removing all the sanctions imposed on Iran by the UN as well as the unilateral ones imposed by the European Union and the U.S.