Iran English language newspaper headlines on Saturday, 15-04-2017

Iran Daily

Rouhani registers to seek reelection
President Hassan Rouhani on Friday put down his name at the electoral registry in Tehran to run for a second four-year term in the May 19 elections.

Iran inks investment deals worth $50b in post-JCPOA era
Finance Minister Ali Tayyebnia said memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for investments in economic projects to the tune of $50 billion were signed after the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) went into force.

Karzai: US using Afghanistan as ‘testing ground’ for new weapons
Afghanistan’s former President Hamid Karzai blasted the US for dropping its largest non-nuclear bomb in the Asian country, saying Washington is using his country as a “testing ground” for its new weapons.

Iran, Russia, Syria call for impartial probe into ‘frabricated’ gas attack
Iran, Russia and Syria on Friday called for an impartial investigation into an alleged gas attack in the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun, which became a pretext for the US to launch missile attack on the Arab country last week.

China warns of North Korea conflict ‘at any moment’
A conflict over North Korea could break out “at any moment”, China said Friday, warning there would be no winner in any war as tensions soar with the United States.

Iran: US in no position to talk about human rights
Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Washington is in no position to comment on the issue of human rights after the US imposed sanctions on an Iranian individual and an organization for what it called their “rights abuses.”

Tehran Times

Iran, Russia, Turkey to press ahead with Syria talks despite U.S. strike
The recent U.S. military intervention in Syria will have no impact on the Astana talks and Iran, Russia, and Turkey press ahead with their agenda to find a political solution to the Syrian war, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said.

U.S.: ‘mother of all bombs’ hits ISIL in Afghanistan
The United States has dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat in eastern Afghanistan on a series of caves used by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Daesh) terrorist group, according to the Pentagon.

Turkey threatens to suspend EU migrant deal if no visa waiver provided
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says his country would re-evaluate or suspend all agreements under its controversial refugee deal with the European Union in case the 28-nation bloc does not grant Turkish citizens visa-free travel through most of Europe.

U.S. lacks enough power to intervene in Syria: scholar
A prominent scholar says that the U.S. does not have the “tools”, “capacities” and “might” to militarily intervene in the Syrian crisis.

Pakistan National Day marked in Tehran
To commemorate Pakistan National Day, Pakistani Ambassador to Tehran hosted a reception in a local hotel on Wednesday evening.

Civilians, militants begin evacuating 4 Syria towns
Civilians and militants begin leaving four Syrian towns in the provinces of Idlib and Rif Dimashq under a deal reached between Damascus and militant groups last month.

Tehran, Moscow, Damascus say U.S. must respect Syrian ‘sovereignty’
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday that Russia, Iran and Syria have insisted that the U.S. and its allies must respect Syria’s sovereignty in line with international obligations.

President Rouhani files paperwork for second-term
President Rouhani filed paperwork on Friday to seek a second-term in Iran’s May 19 presidential election, two days after former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stunned the country with his election bid.

Ebrahim Raisi registers for presidential election
Ebrahim Raisi, the custodian of the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) in the northeastern city of Mashhad, submitted his name to run for the May presidential election.