Iran English language newspaper headlines on Monday, 09-01-2017

Iran Daily

Iran’s Hero of Reconstruction passes away at 82
Iran’s former president and Chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani passed away in Tehran at the age of 82 due to a heart attack on Sunday.

MP: Iran backs intra-Syrian talks
A senior Iranian lawmaker has welcomed the upcoming peace negotiations over the Syria crisis stressing that intra-Syrian talks are the best solution to the years-long conflict in the Arab nation.

Iran takes ownership of first passenger jet under deal
Airbus said on Sunday Iran’s state airline Iran Air had accepted its first new jet, marking a key step in opening up trade under a nuclear deal between Iran and major powers.

Trump blasts ‘fools’ opposing good Russian ties
US President-elect Donald Trump posted a series of tweets condemning those who oppose good relations with Russia as “stupid’ people, or fools”.

Israeli diplomat caught on camera plotting to ‘take down’ UK MPs
An Israeli Embassy official was caught on camera in an undercover sting plotting to “take down” MPs regarded as hostile, including Foreign Office Minister Alan Duncan, an outspoken supporter of a Palestinian state.

Five Iranians die in Karbala hotel blaze
Five Iranian pilgrims lost their lives in a blaze at a hotel in Iraq’s holy city of Karbala, an Iranian official said on Sunday.

Leader: Enemy seeks to erode Iran’s power
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Sunday the enemy seeks to diminish Iran’s “national power,” urging authorities to work together to fortify the executive and judicial branches of the government in the face of such plots.

Iran firm to help end bloodshed in Syria
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said the Islamic Republic is determined to help the implementation of political approaches in order to end war in Syria.

Tehran Times

Leader: Britain hatching insidious plot against region
In comments on Sunday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called England the “real threat” to the region, warning of plots being hatched by British circles.

Tehran lauds performance of anti-terror bloc in Syria
Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said on Sunday that “international determination” and “comprehensive efforts” are required to alleviate the sufferings of the Syrian people.

Truck-ramming attack kills 4 Israeli soldiers, injures 18 in East al-Quds
At least four Israeli soldiers have been killed and more than a dozen others injured when a truck rammed into Israel’s military forces in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds.

Turkish PM Yildirim visits Iraq to mend relations
Turkey’s Prime Minister has arrived in Erbil on the second leg of a trip to Iraq aimed at bolstering Ankara’s role in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Daesh) terrorist group.

Iran in talks with Japan to optimize oil refining process
Iran is finalizing negotiations with two major Japanese companies to improve the efficiency of Tehran’s aging refinery, an official announced.

Farewell to arewell to Rafsanjani
Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, chairman of the Expediency Council and former president of Iran, passed away at the age of 82 on Sunday afternoon in a hospital in Tehran.

Saudi support for terrorists creating chaos, Iran says
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday that Saudi Arabia is creating chaos in the Middle East by supporting Takfiri and terrorist groups.

Iranian official welcomes Turkey’s decision to withdraw troops from northern Iraq
A senior Iranian official has welcomed Turkey’s decision to pull out its forces from Iraq and respect the Arab country’s territorial integrity as a positive move.