Iran English language newspaper headlines on Saturday, 08-04-2017

Iran Daily

US strikes Syria airbase; Russia ‘diverts warship’ in response
The United States fired cruise missiles on Friday at a Syrian airbase from which President Donald Trump said a deadly chemical weapons attack had been launched.

Greece agrees reforms to break bailout impasse
Greece agreed on a fresh set of reforms with its eurozone creditors on Friday with hopes that Athens could unlock bailout cash in time to avert a debt default just months away.

BP granted US license to operate joint North Sea field with Iran
British Petroleum and Iran’s state-run oil company received a license from the US Treasury last year to operate joint gas field in the North Sea following the lifting of Western sanctions on Tehran, BP announced on Thursday.

Mass anti-Zuma protests held in South Africa
Thousands marched through major South African cities Friday demanding the resignation of President Jacob Zuma after his sacking of the popular finance minister fueled widespread public anger.

One arrested in deadly truck “terror attack” in Sweden
Sweden’s prime minister said one person has been arrested in the deadly truck attack on a Stockholm department store.

Rouhani: Exports surpass imports after 63 years
Iran’s exports have overtaken imports after 63 years, President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday, hailing it as one of the achievements of the Resistance Economy.

Iran: UK prefers a Middle East “beset with prolonged insecurity”
Iranian Foreign Ministry said the UK and some of its close allies in the region were “probably not pleased with” the recent gains made against terrorist groups in the region, and would prefer a Middle East “beset with prolonged insecurity and instability.”

Iran’s Conservatives nominate five candidates for presidential election
Iran’s conservatives have nominated five candidates to contest next month’s presidential election as they attempt to put on a united front against Hassan Rouhani, the popular moderate president.

Iran to hold local council elections electronically
Iran plans to hold the elections of city and village councils electronically in all provinces of the country but four, an ICT official at the central board responsible for monitoring the elections announced.

Hungary, Iran to cooperate in joint nuclear plant project
Hungary will cooperate with Iran on setting up a small nuclear reactor for scientific-educational purposes, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff told a news conference on Thursday.

Tehran Times

Raisi stands out as principlists’ leading presidential candidate
The principlist Popular Front of Islamic Revolution Forces (JAMNA in Persian) has shortlisted its potential presidential candidates, with Ebrahim Raisi heading the list, ISNA reported.

Exports from PSEEZ up 22% yr/yr
The value of exports from Pars Special Economic Energy Zone (PSEEZ), an energy hub in the southern province of Bushehr, rose by 22 percent in the past Iranian calendar year (March 2016-March 2017).

Strike on Syria divides U.S. lawmakers in both parties
Members of Congress are split on the question of whether President Donald Trump’s ordered Tomahawk missile strikes against a Syrian airbase were in accordance with U.S. law.

No chemical weapon in Syrian government’s possession: Iranian MP
A senior Iranian lawmaker said the US has used the recent chemical attack in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province as a pretext to launch missile strikes on the Arab country, while no chemical weapon is in possession of Damascus.

Deadly truck crash into Stockholm store is terror attack
A large beer truck crashed into an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday, killing three people, according to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who called the crash a terror attack. One person was arrested.

Water transfer to dust-stricken Khuzestan begins
First-Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri travelled to the southwestern province of Khuzestan on Thursday and paid a visit to a project channeling water from Karun River to the dust storm-stricken areas of the province.

Time to stop hype and cover-ups, Zarif says of U.S. attack on Syria
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned on Friday the U.S. airstrike against a Syrian airbase, saying it is the “time to stop hype and cover-ups”.

Iran: U.S. joining failing terrorists
Iran has strongly condemned the U.S. for its missile attack on an airfield in Syria on Friday, warning that such unilateral measures will “strengthen failing terrorists” in the Syrian battlefield.

Regional crises largely tied to Britain’s ‘colonial’ policies, Iran says
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Wednesday that instabilities in the Middle East region is largely due to “colonial” and “expansionist” policies of Britain and its allies.