Iran English language newspaper headlines on Wednesday, 05-04-2017

Iran Daily

Iran’s Aseman signs deal to buy 60 Boeing jets
Iran’s Aseman Airlines on Tuesday signed a deal to purchase dozens of passenger planes from US aviation giant Boeing.

India’s ONGC to spend over $3b on Farzad-B gas block
The overseas arm of India’s biggest oil and gas explorer intends to spend more than $3 billion on Iran’s Farzad-B natural gas block.

S. Africa’s Zuma under pressure after credit downgrade
South Africa’s biggest trade union called on President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday to quit after his cabinet reshuffle cost the country one of its investment-grade credit ratings and deepened splits within the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

US withdraws funding for UN Population Fund
The State Department said on late Monday it was ending US funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the international body’s agency focused on family planning as well as maternal and child health in more than 150 countries.

Russia: Metro ‘suicide bomber’ killed 14
Russian authorities Tuesday confirmed a suicide bomber was responsible for the metro blast that killed 14 people in Saint Petersburg, as the city began three days of mourning.

London police charge more people over hate attack on Iranian teen
British police said on Tuesday they had now charged 13 people over a brutal attack on an Iranian teenager in south London, which detectives said he was lucky to survive.

Iran, Latvia keen on expansion of cooperation
Iran and Latvia expressed their willingness to expand cooperation in various areas.

Baqeri: Iran will never succumb to US, allies’ psywar
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said Iran will never submit to pressure and psychological warfare by the United States and its allies.

Iran denies claim of support for Taliban terrorists
Iran rejected “surprising and ridiculous” allegation by Afghan officials that the Islamic Republic is supporting the Taliban terrorist group.

Tehran Times

Military chief says Iran won’t give in to U.S.
A top Iranian military of- ficial has said his country won’t surrender to the U.S. days after a top American military official made military threats against Iran.

Iran’s Aseman Airlines inks $3b deal with Boeing
Iranian airliner Aseman signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. aircraft maker Boeing to buy 30 passenger planes model 737 MAX worth $3 billion, IRNA reported on Tuesday.

‘Iran unhappy with Pakistani gen. heading Saudi-led counterterror alliance’
Iranian Ambassador to Islamabad Mehdi Honardoost has voiced Tehran’s misgivings on the appointment of Pakistan’s former army chief General Raheel Sharif as the commander of the 39-nation Islamic Military Alliance, warning it may impact unity among Muslim countries.

FAO: Conflicts impose $16 billion losses to Syrian agricultural sector
In addition to the severe human suffering, war in Syria has imposed more than $16 billion of lost crop and livestock production and destroyed farming assets, FAO’s latest report says.

EU states won’t move Israel embassies to al-Quds: Mogherini
The European Union’s foreign policy Chief Federica Mogherini says the bloc members will not move their embassies from Tel Aviv to Israeli-occupied al-Quds (Jerusalem), which Palestinians want as the capital of their future state.

Historian says Bannon is fond of thinkers on radical right
Professor Mark Sedgwick, a British/Irish historian, says Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon “is interested in a whole range of thinkers on the radical right.”

Chabahar hosts folk camel racing
Camel riders are seen during a traditional competition in the southeastern Iranian port city of Chabahar, April 3, 2017.

Zarif: Regional security a priority for Iran
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that Iran prioritizes a “secure” region, beleaguered by a number of wars over the past years.

Iran condemns terror act in Saint Petersburg
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Monday strongly condemned the terrorist attack in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg which left at least 14 people killed.

UAE resorted to back-channel line to mar Russia- Iran ties: Washington Post
The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials, the Washington Post reported on April 3.