Iran English language newspaper headlines on Thursday, 23-2-2017

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South African court blocks ICC withdrawal bid

South Africa’s High Court blocked the government’s attempt to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday.


Rouhani: Palestinian Intifada ‘manifestation of resistance

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday called on Muslims nations to expend all their efforts to help resolve “the Palestinian issue” he called the most significant issue of the Islamic world.


Houthi missile kills senior general in Yemeni Red Sea port

A ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi fighters on Wednesday killed a senior commander loyal to Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in a major blow to the US-backed Saudi-led coalition which has been bombing the country since March 2015.


Iraq forces poised for Mosul airport assault

Iraqi forces readied on Wednesday for an assault on Mosul airport after blitzing Daesh positions in a renewed offensive to retake the terror group’s emblematic stronghold.


Iran to sign oil contract to sell Russia 100,000 bpd

Iran announced on Tuesday it will begin selling 100,000 barrels of oil a day to Russia within the next 15 days for which the payment will be half in cash and half in goods and services.


Syrian Parliament speaker appreciates Iran’s support

Syrian Parliament Speaker Hadiya Khalaf Abbas said on Wednesday that Damascus would not have achieved its victories against terrorists if Iran had not supported it.


IRGC troops strike mock enemy targets in drills

Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) practiced the use of heavy artillery fire to destroy enemy targets in the final day of military maneuvers in northeastern Iran.


Tehran Times


Iran concludes war games despite Washington’s threats

The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) on Wednesday finished a three-day military exercise that was launched in Dasht-e Kavir, central Iran, Tasnim news agency reported.


‘America’s 4-decade push for regime change in Iran a failure’

The new US administration is setting out on a collision course with Iran. Team Trump has already imposed new sanctions on Tehran, threatened to rip up the nuclear deal, and accused the country of sponsoring terrorism.


OPEC cuts, weak freight rates help traders profit on Asia crude routes

Oil traders from around the world, including the United States, Britain and Brazil, have tripled their sales to Asia as they take advantage of an emerging supply gap following OPEC-led production cuts announced late last year.


Iran to start oil export to Russia within 2 weeks: Zanganeh

Iran will sign an agreement with Russia to start exporting 100,000 barrels per day of crude oil to the neighboring country by the next two weeks, Shana reported quoting Iranian oil minister as saying.


No concessions on future Palestinian state: Jordan, Egypt

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and King Abdullah II of Jordan say there could be no concessions on the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, reaffirming their support for a so-called two-state solution to the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.


All nuclear related obstacles removed: Araqchi

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Wednesday that all obstacles related to Iran nuclear issue have been removed under the nuclear accord, ISNA reported.


Rouhani Intifada embodies resistance

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran praised on Wednesday the Palestinian resistance, known in its Arabic name as Intifada, against the Israeli occupation, saying, “Intifada is the symbol of resistance and resistance is an emblem of human conscience.”


Iran insists on close interaction with Arab neighbors

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi has reiterated Tehran’s position that the Islamic Republic is ready to expand its interaction with the Persian Gulf Arab littoral states.


No dual nationalities in executive posts: intelligence minister

Iran’s Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi on Wednesday dismissed the reports of dual nationals in key governmental posts as “untrue.”