Iran English language newspaper headlines on Saturday, 29-04-2017

Iran Daily

Iran holds first live debate for presidential election
The first debate among the six candidates of Iran’s presidential election was held live on national TV Friday.

35th Fajr Int’l Film Festival announces winners
Winners of the 35th Fajr International Film Festival (FIff) were announced, with ‘The Home’ from Iran snatching Golden Simorgh for Best Film in the main competition section.

Iran summons Pakistan envoy over killing of border guards
Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned Pakistan’s ambassador to Tehran to protest against the killing of Iranian border guards by terrorists attacking from neighboring Pakistan.

Seoul rejects Trump’s demand it pay for missile system
Seoul on Friday brushed aside US President Donald Trump’s suggestion it should pay for a $1 billion missile system the two allies are installing in South Korea against the North.

Egypt issues law allowing president to appoint judges
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ratified legal amendments that allow the president to make judicial appointments to its top courts, a move judges said would erode the independence of the judicial system.

Putin’s envoy meets Leader’s representative in Tehran
A special envoy of Russian President Vladimir Putin met with a representative of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in the Iranian capital.

Leader warns against West attempts to dominate Muslim countries
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei warns against Western attempts to gain political and economic dominance over Muslim nations, saying Muslims worldwide must hold onto their “Islamic identity” as deterrence against such attempts.

Finland to sign air transport deal with Iran
A Finnish diplomat unveiled plans for the conclusion of an agreement with Iran on air transportation.

Tehran Times

Fajr Golden Simorgh remains at home for “The Home”
The Golden Simorgh for best film at the 35th Fajr International Film Festival remained at home as Iranian drama “The Home” by producer/ director/writer Asghar Yusefinejad won the award on Thursday.

Asia’s March imports of Iranian oil rises 27% yr/yr
Iran’s four main Asian oil buyers imported nearly 27 percent more oil from the country in March 2017 compared to March 2016 as Iran took advantage of its exemption from a production cut agreed by OPEC and some other major producers.

Iran to resume Hajj pilgrimage late July after 2016 boycott
Iran has announced it will resume sending hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia in July after boycotting the 2016 ritual in objection to Riyadh failing to soothe safety concerns.

Netanyahu: German minister refuses to take his call
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday slammed Germany’s foreign minister as “insensitive” over refusing to cancel meetings with rights groups critical of Israel’s government, amid rising tensions between the two allies.

Iran, Russia review recent development in Syria
Top Iranian and Russian officials met each other on Thursday in Tehran to discuss the latest developments in the region particularly in Syria, which came under an air airstrike by the Israeli regime on the same day.

Tabriz hosts Ashiqlar Music Festival
A group performs during the 3rd Ashiqlar Music Festival at the Tabriz Culture House in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz on April 26, 2016.

Presidential candidates hold first live debate
The first debate among the six candidates of the May 19 presidential election was held on Friday afternoon.

Rouhani writes to Pakistan PM over dead soldiers
Iran’s president followed up with a letter to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif the killing of nine Iranian soldiers by terrorists in an attack launched from neighboring Pakistan.