Iran English language newspaper headlines on Monday, 24-04-2017

Iran Daily

Official: Total will finalize South Pars deal within weeks
Iran says it expects France’s Total to finalize an agreement on the development of a key natural gas project in the south of the country in less than a month.

Iran, China ink Arak reactor redesign contract
Iran and China signed a commercial contract in Vienna on Sunday to redesign an Iranian nuclear plant as part of an international deal reached in 2015 over Tehran’s nuclear program.

Israeli attack on Syria military camp kills three
An Israeli attack on a Syrian camp for pro-government forces killed three soldiers near the Golan Heights on Sunday, an official from the forces said.

Iran to air live presidential debate Friday
The first live debate for six candidates of the 12th presidential election in Iran is due to be broadcast on Friday evening, said the chief of IRIB Presidential Election Campaign Committee on Sunday.

France votes in high-stakes presidential election
French voters flocked to the polls under heavy security Sunday in the first round of a highly unpredictable presidential election seen as vital for the future of the ailing European Union.

Germany’s anti-immigrant party picks election lineup
The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Sunday voted for 76-year-old publicist Alexander Gauland and 38-year-old economist Alice Weidel to jointly lead its campaign for the country’s September national election.

President: Cities should be safe places for people
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that cities should be safe places for people so that women and children would be able to safely travel, highlighting that the citizens’ security, which is of great importance, should be prioritized in urban development plans.

Iran calls US not to be misled by terrorists’ propaganda
A senior Iranian official warned the US against being misled by the anti-Iran propaganda campaign of the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization’s (MKO), saying Washington has suffered every time it has trusted the notorious group.

Zarif highlights significance of dialogue for nonviolent world
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif highlighted the significance of dialogue for a World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE), Iran’s president’s initiative approved by the UN in 2013, as he has traveled to Greece to attend the Ancient Civilizations Forum.

Certain states seek to transfer terrorists to Afghanistan
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said that certain regional countries seek to transfer terrorists from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan.

Tehran Times

‘Malaysians impressed by humanistic values of Iranian cinema’
Ho Hock Doong, the senior assistant at Malaysian’s All-Asian Satellite Television and Radio Operator (ASTRO), has said Iranian movies impress Malaysian people for representing humanistic values.

Trump wavering between ripping, keeping nuclear deal
Following months of anti-Iran rhetoric, it appears that the new administration in the U.S. is changing its course towards Tehran and the international agreement it struck with six world powers.

Top general hails IRGC as Iran’s security shield
Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri praised the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and said the forces have acted as a “security shield” for the country through cooperating with resistance forces in Iraq and Syria, Tasnim reported on Sunday.

West intervenes in favor of terrorists whenever army advances: Assad
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused the West of interfering in Syria’s affairs in favor of terrorists whenever the army makes gains, citing Washington’s missile attack on a Syrian military airbase earlier this month as an example.

FAO offers water-scarce countries a new satellite tool to boost agricultural productivity
Measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce countries including Iran, is going high-tech with the help of a new tool developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with a fund from the Netherlands.

‘Student health ambassadors’ gathering held in Tehran
Health Minister Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi presents a package of educational items to a student during a gathering of one thousand girl students, titled ‘student health ambassadors’ which was held on Sunday at a high school in Shahr-e Rey, south of Tehran.

Iran, China sign nuclear plant redesign contract
Iranian and Chinese firms signed the first commercial contract on Sunday in Vienna to redesign the Arak heavy water reactor as part of the 2015 international deal over Iran’s nuclear program.

Iran calls for cooperation with Afghanistan in fighting terrorism
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani contacted Afghan national security advisor Hanif Atmar on Saturday to insist for cooperation with Afghanistan as Taliban raided a military base in northern province of Balkh on Friday killing over 130 army personnel.

No letup in boosting missile power: defense chief
Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan said on Sunday that Iran will spare no effort in boosting its defense and missile capability.

Terrorism is result of hegemonic policies: general
The deputy chief of staff of Iran’s Armed Forces said on Sunday that the policies adopted by the hegemonic system have led to emergence of terrorist groups.