Iran English language newspaper headlines on Tuesday, 20-12-2016

Iran Daily

UNSC unanimously backs sending observers to Aleppo
With Russia’s backing, the Security Council on Monday voted to quickly deploy UN observers to Aleppo to monitor evacuations and report on the fate of civilians who remain in the Syrian city.

Iranian families enthusiastically awaiting Yalda get-together
Iranians are getting prepared to celebrate Yalda Night, the longest night of the year, by getting together one more time and being with their family.

Friend of South Korea’s Park denies charges as trial begins
A friend of South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the center of a corruption scandal that led to Park’s impeachment in parliament denied charges of fraud and abuse of power on Monday on the first day of her trial.

Myanmar agrees to let aid for Muslims after ASEAN meeting
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi agreed to allow humanitarian access to conflict-stricken areas of western Rakhine state where tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been displaced following talks with ASEAN foreign ministers.

Iran begins oil sales to Italy’s Eni
National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) has signed a short-term contract with Eni to sell crude, announced an Iranian official on Monday, as it seeks to revive the agreement it had with the Italian oil major prior to the sanctions.

Turkey cuts military ‘by a third’
Turkey’s purge of its military since a botched coup in July has cut its armed forces “by a third”, the Council of Europe said on Monday, after NATO raised concerns that Turkey’s response to the failed coup has worryingly thinned its forces.

Russia, Iran, Turkey to meet on Syria today
Foreign ministers from Russia, Iran and Turkey are scheduled to meet in Moscow today to discuss developments in Syria, the Iran’s Foreign Ministry announced on Monday.

Iran, Portugal top parliamentarians discuss regional issues
Speaker of Iran’s Parliament, Ali Larijani, held talks with the visiting chairman of the Portuguese Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Sergio Sousa Pinto, in Tehran, where both officials discussed regional issues and bilateral ties.

President Rouhani unveils Iran’s Charter on Citizens’ Rights
Living up to one of his election campaign promises, President Hassan Rouhani on Monday unveiled Iran’s first ever “Charter on Citizens’ Rights”.

Iran: Work underway against US renewal of anti-Iran sanctions
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday that relevant bodies have begun their work on an order by President Hassan Rouhani regarding the US extension of the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA).

Tehran Times

Rouhani declares Citizen Rights Charter
In a forum held on Monday Iranian President Hassan Rouhani signed and declared the Citizen Rights Charter, saying upholding citizens’ rights is a policy of his government.

Switzerland, Iran discuss broadening capital market bonds
Switzerland and Iran discussed ways to expand bilateral ties between capital markets of the two countries.

Russia’s ambassador to Turkey killed in Ankara shooting
The Russian ambassador to Turkey has died after being shot by a gunman in Ankara, where he was attending a photo exhibition, the Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed.

Iran toughens talk on U.S. jet deal
Iranian officials publicly hardened their resolve to proceed with a multibillion-dollar deal to buy dozens of Boeing Co. jets, threatening to claw back any lost money if the deal is scuttled after the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Rohingya abuse may be crimes against humanity: Amnesty
Military action against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority may amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said, as the government called a meeting of regional leaders to discuss the issue.

Global stability rests substantially on China-U.S. ties: expert
Gautam Adhikari, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington DC, tells the Tehran Times that the future global security primarily lies in close interaction between Beijing and Washington.

Rouhani signs Citizen Rights Charter
President Hassan Rouhani of Iran signed on Monday the first Citizen Rights Charter, a move seen by many an achievement for the incumbent administration.

Iran: Speculations on Trump foreign policy ‘premature’
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Monday described the personality of the U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as “unpredictable” and said speculations regarding his foreign policy would be “premature”.

Marine nuclear propeller gets underway soon, Rouhani
One day after meeting IAEA chief Yukiya Amano in Tehran, President Hassan Rouhani said Iran will soon unveil a marine nuclear-fuelled propeller, a technological breakthrough for the country after an international deal on its nuclear program in July 2015.

Aleppo liberation a milestone in Syrian crisis: Iran
Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Monday that liberation of Aleppo is important event which will help boost security in Syria.

Iran, Greece have good capacity to expand ties: Takht-Ravanchi
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-Ravanchi said on Sunday that Iran and Greece have “good” capacities to increase ties, especially in area of economy.

Army to deploy troops in southeastern plains
The commander of the Iranian Ground Forces has announced troops will be deployed in eastern and southeastern plains of the country, evidencing that Tehran is growing more aware of possible security threats from those areas.