Iran English language newspaper headlines on Thursday, 12-1-2017

Iran Daily


Leader holds memorial service for Ayatollah Rafsanjani

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday hosted a mourning ceremony in memory of former president Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.


Russia denies having ‘compromising’ information about Trump

A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday denied allegations that Russia has collected “compromising” information about US President-elect Donald Trump, deriding the claim as a “complete fabrication and utter nonsense.


Syria peace talks in Astana set for January 23

Syria peace talks will take place in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana on January 23, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.


UN: Nearly 1,400 children killed in Saudi war on Yemen

Nearly 1,400 children have been killed, hundreds more injured and many schools closed in the war ignited by Saudi Arabia against Yemen, UNICEF said on Wednesday.


Lebanese president defends Iran ties after Saudi visit

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said after a visit to Saudi Arabia that his country will continue to maintain close ties with Iran.
“We have normal relations with Iran,” which “shouldn’t be a barrier in the face of normal relations with the Arab world,” Aoun said in remarks published by Saudi-run Asharq al-Awsat newspaper on Wednesday, AP reported.


JCPOA parties recognizes US assurance over lifting of Iran sanctions

The Iran-P5+1 Joint Commission said the body “recognized the United States’ assurance that extension of the Iran Sanctions Act does not affect in any way the sanctions lifting Iran receives under the deal or the ability of companies to do business in Iran consistent with the JCPOA.


Zarif urges Muslim unity against threats

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif urged unity among Muslim countries against risks that threaten all, expressing hope that the upcoming session of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (PUIC) would take steps in this way.


Iranian delegation to visit Saudi Arabia over Hajj

The representative of Leader of the Islamic Revolution for Hajj and Pilgrimage Affairs Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Ali Qazi-Askar said a delegation from Iran is scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia on February 23 to discuss next annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Tehran Times


All sides reaffirm strong commitment to nulcear deal

All signatories to the nuclear deal, of- ficially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, reaffirmed their strong commitment to a “continued” and “effective” implementation of the deal, the Joint Commission of the JCPOA said in a press release.


Lebanese president defends Iran ties after Saudi visit

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said after a visit to Saudi Arabia that his country’s close ties to the kingdom’s archrival Iran should not impede relations with the wider Arab world.


Iran Air receives first A321

Iran Air has formally taken delivery of an Airbus A321, the first in a batch of 100 jets ordered by the flag-carrier under a landmark fleet-renewal deal with the airframer.


World Bank forecasts 5.2% GDP growth for Iran in 2017

The World Bank, in its recent report titled Global Economic Prospects, forecasted a 5.2 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth for Iran in 2017.


Tehran, Riyadh to resume Hajj talks

An Iranian delegation will travel to Riyadh on Feb. 23 to resume talks on Hajj pilgrimage after a one year hiatus caused by the 2015 Hajj crush in Mina in which hundreds of Iranian nationals were killed.


Afghans mindful of Rafsanjani’s support in trying times: Abdullah

In an appearance with President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday in Tehran on Wednesday, Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said the late Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is known to the Afghan nation who are grateful to his support in trying times.


The Rafsanjani family thanks nation for huge funeral turnout

The family of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani issued a statement on Tuesday expressing gratitude to the Iranian nation for attending the funeral of the late ayatollah in huge numbers.


Tehran condemns deadly blasts in Afghanistan

Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned on Tuesday twin bomb blasts in Afghanistan which killed at least 30 people. “We always condemn resort to any kind of violent and terrorist action,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said.


Iranian forces arrest MKO ringleader in Isfahan

Iranian security forces on Tuesday arrested a ringleader of Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) in the central city of Isfahan, IRIB reported.


Iran, Mali to expand ties, Larijani says

Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Wednesday that Iran and Mali are willing to expand relations, especially in the economic sector.