Iran English language newspaper headlines on Thursday, 15-09-2016

Iran Daily

Zarif: Let us rid the world of Wahhabism
Public relations firms with no qualms about taking tainted petrodollars are experiencing a bonanza. Their latest project has been to persuade us that the Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, is no more. As a Nusra spokesman told CNN, the rebranded rebel group, supposedly separated from its parent terrorist organization, has become “moderate.”

Super typhoon tears through Taiwan with savage winds
An enormous typhoon ripped through Taiwan on Wednesday, leaving a trail of devastation with wind gusts of up to 370 kph, faster than a Formula One race car.

‘Civilian casualties’ in US strikes on Syria
The US military admitted its airstrikes in Syria over the past several days “may have resulted in civilian casualties.”

Juncker: Brexit won’t kill off EU
European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday issued a rallying cry for unity after Brexit, saying the EU is not in danger of splitting up but must fight back against “galloping populism”.

Fire at Iran’s petrochemical plant extinguished
A fire which erupted on Wednesday at one of the Iran’s petrochemical refinery complex in southern port of Assaluyeh came under control, crisis management coordinator in Bushehr Province said.

Tehran ready to help Rome in fight against terrorism
Chief of the Iranian Judiciary’s Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani expressed the country’s readiness to help Italy in fight against terrorism.

Russian official: Tehran, Moscow share common enemies
The director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS) said Iran and Russia have common enemies, calling for closer cooperation between the two countries in security studies.

Iran, P5+1 FMs likely to meet in New York
Russian Foreign Ministry’s Director of the Second Asian Department, Zamir Kabulov, said the foreign ministers of Iran and six world powers are likely to hold a meeting in New York soon.

Tehran Times

Leader says ‘inaccurate’ statistics a blow to resistance economy
In comments on Tuesday Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution underscored that a successful implementation of the resistance economy hinges upon “accurate statistics and information.”

“Standing in the Dust” best film, “Life+1 Day” takes Iran Cinema Celebration by storm
“Standing in the Dust”, a biopic on war hero Ahmad Motevasselian, has been crowned best film at the 18th Iran Cinema Celebration while “Life+1 Day”, a drama about poverty and drug abuse in Tehran, won seven awards, including best director.

Over $162m of state shares divested in Iran since March
Iranian Privatization Organization (IPO) transferred 5.760 trillion rials (about $162.34 million) worth of Iranian state-run shares to the private sector from the beginning of the present Iranian calendar year (March 20) to September 13, Tasnim News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Principlist MPs to hold session on coming presidential election
Iranian principlists of Majlis will hold a session in the coming weeks to discuss political issues, especially the upcoming presidential election, Tasnim reported.

Iran unveils high-speed chopper-carrier vessel
The IRGC Navy on Tuesday unveiled a new high-speed military vessel with the capability to carry helicopters.

Tehran center to host exhibit by Swiss photog George Gerster
A collection of over 100 photos of Iran by George Gerster, an acclaimed Swiss pioneer of aerial photography, will be showcased in an exhibition, which will open at Tehran’s Niavaran Cultural Center on Friday.

U.S. July exports to Iran rise 54% yr/yr
The exports of the U.S. to Iran in the seventh month of 2016 witnessed a 54 percent hike and stood at $25.9 million, compared to July 2015, Tasnim news agency reported.

Ex-IRGC chief: We should not intensify tension with Saudis
A senior advisor to the Supreme Leader on military affairs has urged elevated relations with the three Arab countries of Oman, Kuwait, and even Qatar amid reservations over already tense ties with Saudi Arabia.

Iran marks longest maritime border in Gulf of Oman
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi has said that Iran and Oman have implemented an important agreement by marking their longest maritime border in the Gulf of Oman.

Rouhani to Qatar emir: Iran sees dialogue as only way to settle crises
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told the Qatari emir on Monday that crises in the Middle East region must be settled by regional countries and only through political dialogue.

Germany cannot set conditions for Iran: govt. spokesman
The government spokesman said on Tuesday that Germany cannot set conditions for an improvement of ties with Iran, saying neither Germany nor any other country can decide for the Tehran government.

President to discuss terrorism in NAM, UN summits
An advisor to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that President Hassan Rouhani will discuss campaign against extremism and terrorism when he attends the NAM summit in Venezuela and the annual UN General Assembly meeting in New York in the coming days.