Iran English language newspaper headlines on Tuesday, 04-04-2017

Iran Daily

Rouhani: Abandoning ballot boxes “end of democracy”
President Hassan Rouhani on Monday called for a huge turnout in the upcoming presidential elections warning that abandoning ballot boxes would be tantamount to the demise of democracy.

Iran trade transactions with EU, China record major increase
Recent statistics show major rise in Iran trade transactions with member states of the European Union (EU) and China.

St. Petersburg subway blasts kill 10
At least 10 people were killed in explosions in two train carriages at subway stations in St. Petersburg on Monday, Russian authorities said.

Ecuador socialist wins election; rival cries foul
Leftist candidate Lenin Moreno appeared to have won Ecuador’s presidential election but his opposition rival refused to recognize the results, calling on his supporters to take to the streets to guard against “fraud.”

Trump presses China on North Korea ahead of Xi talks
US President Donald Trump held out the possibility of using trade as a lever to secure Chinese cooperation against North Korea and suggested Washington might deal with Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs on its own if need be.

Five charged in London over hate crime beating of Iranian teen
Authorities in London charged five people Monday in a hate crime beating of a 17-year-old Iranian migrant as police sought to piece together the mob violence that involved up to 30 people.

Iran condoles with Colombia, Indonesia over deadly landslides
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman expressed condolences to the governments of Colombia and Indonesia over deadly natural disasters in both countries which have claimed hundreds of lives.

Swaraj: Iran releases 15 Indian fishermen
Iran released 15 Indian fishermen, who were arrested in October 22 last year, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted on Monday.

Tehran Times

Plan to sell arms to Bahrain shows Trump’s disregard for human rights: professor
A George Washington University professor says a decision by the sitting U.S. administration to sell weapons to Bahrain without the human rights conditions imposed by the Obama administration shows that President Trump as is a “businessman” who “has little time for human rights”.

Investors from 37 countries active in Iran’s capital market
Investors from 37 countries are currently active in Iran’s capital market, ISNA reported.

Several suspects arrested over hate crime against Kurdish-Iranian teen
British police has arrested more than ten suspects over a hate crime attack on a 17-year-old Kurdish Iranian asylum-seeker in London.

HRW: Israel ‘systematically’ barring entry into Gaza
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has denounced Israel for “systematically” banning the international group’s researchers from entering the blockaded Gaza Strip to document Tel Aviv’s abuses.

Global food insecurity worsening, 108 million people close to starvation
Despite international efforts to address food insecurity, around 108 million people in the world were severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared with 80 million in 2015, according to a new global report on food crises released in Brussels with FAO’s contribution.

Tabriz carpet shows intricate, elaborate patterns
A man stares at an intricate carpet pattern installed atop a traditional loom while weaving a silk carpet in the historical city of Tabriz, April 2, 2017.

Zarif: Iran not seeking tension with Trump
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said his country will not give the Trump administration any pretext that can be used against it.

Job creation a religious, national duty: Rouhani
President Hassan Rouhani called on state directors and managers to make efforts to increase production and create jobs, saying creating jobs opportunities is a “religious, national and revolutionary duty”.

Tehran, London still caught up in mom-spy spat over Nazanin Zaghari
The spat between London and Tehran over a 38-year-old woman with dual British and Iranian citizenship enters the second year since her detention on April 3 last year.

Removing economic hurdles guarantees political independence: Larijani
Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Monday that it is essential to overcome economic challenges to protect political independence and national security.

Indian FM thanks Iran for releasing 15 Indian fishermen
Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday that Iran has released 15 Indian fishermen who were arrested last year.