Iran English language newspaper headlines on Sunday, 01-01-2017

Iran Daily

Iran backs Syria cease-fire
President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday expressed Iran’s support for cease-fire in Syria, warning that such a truce should not provide a let-up for terrorists to regroup.

Dozens dead as bombs hit Iraqi capital
Twin blasts ripped through a busy market area in central Baghdad Saturday, police said, shattering a relative lull in attacks in the capital.

Trump praises Putin for holding back in US-Russia dispute
US President-elect Donald Trump on Friday praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for refraining from retaliation in a dispute over allegations of spying and cyber attacks, in another sign that the Republican plans to patch up badly frayed relations with Moscow.

Greek ambassador to Brazil murdered by ‘wife’s cop lover’
Greece’s ambassador to Brazil was murdered in a plot hatched by his Brazilian wife and her police officer lover, who confessed to the crime, officials said.

Ban Ki-moon buoyed by climate accord but laments conflicts
Ban Ki-moon ended 10 years at the helm of the United Nations lamenting the “fires still burning” from Syria to South Sudan but buoyed by a global agreement to combat climate change and new UN goals to fight poverty and inequality.

MP: Heavy water export not against national sovereignty
An Iranian lawmaker said that stockpiling the country’s additional heavy water in other states does not violate Iran’s national sovereignty.

Rouhani: Iran, Germany to generate a leap in bilateral ties
President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with Germany’s new Ambassador to Tehran Michael Klor-Berchtold on Saturday said that the countries’ respective capacities should be used to generate a leap in bilateral cooperation in all areas.

AEOI ordered to devise emergency situation plan
Iranian Parliament passed a bill on Saturday to oblige the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) to devise a plan aimed at addressing the emergency situation in power plants and nuclear facilities.

Tehran Times

2017 world forecast
For Europe, political and economic risk is nothing new. For years, nationalism, populism, conflicting strategic interests, low economic growth and high unemployment have driven European Union members apart.

Tax income exceeds $15 billion in 8 months
Iran gained some 618 trillion rials (about $15.5 billion) in tax income during the first eight months of the current Iranian calendar year (ended November 20, 2016).

Rouhani receives several new ambassadors
In separate meetings on Saturday President Hassan Rouhani received the credentials of the new ambassadors of Germany, Romania, Maghreb and Ecuador to Tehran.

Zarif, al-Moallem hold talks on Syria
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moallem met in the capital Tehran two days after a national ceasefire took effect in the war-ravaged Syria.

Guardian Council will weigh presidential candidates against 2009 unrest
Iran’s Guardian Council has said only candidates with a clean sheet in the 2009 unrests will be qualified to stand in the May presidential election.

MP urges Zarif to retaliate against Turkmenistan over gas dispute
An Iranian lawmaker has urged Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to take retaliatory measures against Turkmenistan for setting precondition for signing a new gas deal, Mehr news agency reported.

Nuclear deal will not collapse in 2017: Financial Times
Financial Times published a report on Thursday predicting that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will not collapse in 2017.

Vietnam cultural week wraps up
The embassy of Vietnam in Tehran ended its cultural week at Niavaran Palace, Tehran, on Friday.