Iran English language newspaper headlines on Thursday, 22-12-2016

Iran Daily

Russian firms can invest up to $40b in Iran projects
Russian companies can invest an estimated $35 billion-$40 billion in Iranian projects within the next decade, said Russia’s deputy economic development minister on Wednesday.

Iran, Armenia sign five MoUs
Iran and Armenia on Wednesday inked five memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and cooperation agreements to boost ties during a visit by President Hassan Rouhani to Yerevan.

Russia doubts envoy killer was lone wolf
The spokesman for President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday indicated that Russia doesn’t believe the gunman who killed Russia’s ambassador to Turkey acted on his own, but refused to explain the reasons for the suspicion.

Germany seeks Tunisian in hunt for market attacker
German police launched a manhunt Wednesday for a Tunisian suspected of driving the truck that ploughed through a Berlin Christmas market in a deadly assault claimed by the Daesh terror group.

SPGC ships 1m barrels of gas condensates to Europe
Iran’s South Pars Gas Company (SPGC) exported one million barrels of gas condensates to European countries for the first time.

Iran limits consular services in Turkey following assassination of Russian ambassador
The Iranian Embassy in Turkey announced on Wednesday that it has limited consular services to its nationals in the next two days after the Russian ambassador in Ankara was assassinated on Monday.

Tehran condemns UN human rights resolution on Iran
Tehran condemned a recent UN resolution on the situation of human rights in Iran as politically-motivated and spiteful.

Iranian deputy FM visiting Syria, Lebanon
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari arrived in the Syrian capital on Wednesday and is to visit Lebanon later in order to discuss issues of mutual interest and developments in the region with the two Arab states’ officials.

Tehran Times

ISIL targets civilians who refused to join Mosul battle
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Daesh) terrorists in Mosul have deliberately targeted civilians who refused to join them as they retreated ahead of advancing Iraqi forces involved an offensive to recapture the city, an international rights group says.

Petronas inks MOU to study 2 Iranian oilfields
The Malaysian stateowned oil and gas company Petronas signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) for conducting development studies on two Iranian oilfields.

Russian envoy’s murder blow to Turkey’s prestige: Kremlin
The Kremlin says the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Ankara is a serious blow to the image of Turkey, whose government is said to have gambled on the conflict in Syria by supporting anti-Damascus militants, according to Press TV.

Cabinet gives go-ahead for Malaysia to start FTA negotiations with Iran
The Cabinet has given the goahead for Malaysia to pursue a free trade agreement (FTA) with Iran as part of efforts to diversify trade.

Historical bazaar of Arak
Detail showing mudbrick rooftop of the historical bazaar of the city of Arak with minarets and dome of a mosque in the background on December 20, 2016.

Iran, Armenia discuss Persian Gulf-Black Sea corridor
President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia says he has discussed with his Iranian counterpart, President Hassan Rouhani, a plan to establish a transit and transport corridor that connects the Persian Gulf to the Black Sea.

Iran’s Velayati pushes for strong ties with Bosnia
Ali Akbar Velayati, the senior foreign policy advisor to the Leader, said on Tuesday that Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina should expand their relations and level of interaction.

Rouhani’s losing support, still likely to win re-election: analyst
President Rouhani still stands the highest chance of winning re-election in the next presidential election, due May 2017, although his popularity is fading due to weak economic performance, an Iranian university professor has said. “Mr.

U.S. says backs Iran-Russia-Turkey dialogue on Syria if it bears fruit
U.S. State Department spokesperson John Kirby has said that Washington would support the outcome of the trilateral talks between Iran, Russia and Turkey, provided that they lead to the betterment of the Syrian people and regional stability.

UN lauds Iran-Russia-Turkey statement on Syria
UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday that the joint statement issued by Russia, Iran and Turkey on Syria is “useful” for resumption of the intra-Syria talks in Geneva on February 8.