Iran English language newspaper headlines on Wednesday, 23-12-2015

Iran Daily


US VWP inappropriate

President of the French Senate Gerard Larcher said a recent US law restricting visits to Iran is “unacceptable” and violates a July nuclear accord.


Iraqi troops storm into center of Daesh-held Ramadi

Iraq’s armed forces stormed into the center of Ramadi on Tuesday, a spokesman for the counterterrorism units said, in a drive to dislodge Daesh terrorists from their remaining stronghold in a city they captured in May.


La Libre: Iran among world’s top tourist destinations

Industry experts have selected Iran among the world’s top tourist destinations, a new report says. The Belgian website La Libre identified Iran as one of the countries with most tourist attractions after surveying specialized publications such as National Geographic, Lonely Planet and Afar.


Tehran, Baku to cooperate in oil products swap

Iran’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi said on Tuesday Tehran and Baku have agreed to cooperate on oil products swap.


Catalan separatists trigger fresh headache for government

Pro-independence parties in the Spanish region of Catalonia struck a deal on Tuesday to form a government, reviving a separatist drive just as Spain faces weeks of uncertainty at a national level following an inconclusive general election.


Underground floors await Tehran’s commercial, service centers

Among the reasons for Tehran’s air pollution are the gradual destruction of the city’s gardens and green spaces and their replacement by buildings.


President: Iran, standard-bearer of security in region

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani highlighted the country’s exemplary security in the current insecure conditions of the region, saying it has been achieved despite enemies’ plots against the Islamic Republic.


Senior diplomats discuss Tehran-Muscat ties

The Iranian foreign minister and the visiting Omani deputy foreign minister exchanged views on the latest status of bilateral ties and consultations on different fields.


MPs seek defense budget hike

The Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee is going to hold a meeting with the heads of Defense Ministry and Foreign Ministry to push for an increase in the country’s defense budget, a lawmaker said.


Rouhani due in Italy, France next month

President Hassan Rouhani is to pay a visit to Italy and France in late January after an earlier trip was canceled following a spate of deadly terror attacks in Paris.



Tehran Times


Russia to begin building 2 nuclear plants in Iran next week

Russia will begin building two new nuclear power plants in Iran next week, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) announced on Tuesday.


Georgia ready to discuss energy projects with Iran

Georgia is ready to start talks with Iran both in natural gas and electricity sectors, Minister of Energy Kakha Kaladze said.


Iran is forerunner of peace and security in region: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that Iran is forerunner in establishing peace and security in the Middle East region.


Ground laid for expansion of Iran-Azerbaijan economic ties: minister

Ground has been laid for the expansion of economic ties between Iran and Azerbaijan after Iran’s nuclear deal with the world’s major powers, said Azerbaijani Minister of Economic Development Shahin Mustafayev.


Hamavayan to tour Iran

World-renowned Iranian ensemble Hamavayan led by tar and setar virtuoso Hossein Alizadeh plans to begin its Iranian tour with performances at Tehran’s Milad Tower on December 28 and 29.


Iran writes to UNESCO and UNWTO on U.S. visa restrictions

Iran’s tourism chief has written letters to UNESCO and UNWTO directors asking them to take action against a new U.S. legislation that clamps visa restrictions on people who have traveled to Iran.


Australia lowers official travel warning for Iran

Australia has just lowered its travel warning for Iran – potentially putting a trip to the country on a holiday bucket list for keen travelers.


Five-star train joins Iran’s rail fleet

A new luxurious train has been launched between Tehran and the shrine city of Mashhad, northeast of the country.


Tehran air pollution claims 180 lives every day, councilor says

The death toll caused by air pollution in Tehran has increased from 150 to 180 people per day, Mehdi Chamran, Tehran City Council chairman, said on Tuesday.


New U.S. legislation is contrary to European independence: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the French Senate President Gerard Larcher on Monday that the new U.S. legislation concerning visa waiver runs contrary to the European “independence”.


Rafsanjani says U.S. may block visa legislation

Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the chairman of the Expediency Council, has said that the U.S. government seeks to abide by its commitments and has guaranteed blocking the new visa legislation if necessary.


U.S. says new visa legislation not to affect Iran business interests

State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Monday that changes to the Visa Waiver Program will not interfere with the legitimate business interests of Iran.


Ex-cabinet ministers sign up for Majlis polls

A number of ministers who served in the reform and the Ahmadinejad administrations have signed up to run for seats in the upcoming Majlis elections.


Iranian dual citizens fight new U.S. visa rules

Dual citizens from Iraq, Iran, Syria and Sudan are protesting against a new U.S. program that restricts their travel.