Iran English language newspaper headlines on Sunday, 30-04-2017

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EU-Iran trade witnesses 79% rise following JCPOA: Arias Cañete
Iran and the EU inked several cooperation documents in 2016 and trade exchanges between them witnessed a 79 percent growth following the implementation of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Zarif brands US seizure of Iran assets ‘banditry’
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced the US government’s moves to seize or put freezes on Iran’s assets abroad as a plain case of international banditry.

US Marines return to Afghanistan’s volatile Helmand
US Marines returned to Afghanistan’s volatile Helmand Saturday, where American troops faced heated fighting until NATO’s combat mission ended in 2014.

Trump pledges fealty to NRA gun lobby
US President Donald Trump pledged to uphold Americans’ right to possess guns on Friday in a speech that he used to revisit some 2016 election campaign themes from his vow to build a border wall to dismissing a Democratic senator as “Pocahontas.”

EU adopts tough Brexit talks stance
European Union leaders unanimously adopted their Brexit strategy at a special summit in Brussels on Saturday, in a show of unity ahead of two years of tough talks with Britain.

Buses torched, roads blocked, clashes during Brazil strike
Protesters lit buses on fire, blocked roads and clashed with police on Friday night during a general strike that brought transportation to a halt in many cities across Latin America’s largest nation.

Iran: Israel’s Syria raids meant to buttress terror
Iran condemned Israel’s recurrent military incursions into Syrian territory as attempts to shore up the Takfiri terrorists in Syria, who are increasingly losing ground against the Arab country’s army.

IRGC: Iran border guards targeted from outside country
An Iranian military commander said a recent attack that killed 10 Iranian border guards was launched from outside Iran.

Deputy FM: Water diplomacy inseparable part of foreign policy
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said the countries in the water basin have no choice but to cooperate, stressing that water diplomacy is an inseparable part of foreign policy.

AEOI discusses nuclear cooperation with Russia
Deputy Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Behrouz Kamalvandi held talks with a number of Russian officials at Rosatom on expansion of nuclear cooperation between the two countries.

Tehran Times

Envoy says Iran backs Iraq until ultimate victory
The newly appointed Iranian ambassador to Iraq has said Tehran will continue to back the Iraqi government in the fight against terrorism until “ultimate victory” is achieved.

Zarif brands U.S. seizure of Iran assets ‘banditry’
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced the U.S. government’s moves to seize or freeze Iran’s assets abroad as a plain case of international banditry, Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday.

Interests, not democracy, shape U.S. policy: professor
Prof. William O. Beeman, head of the anthropology department at the State University of Minnesota, says the United States is mostly concerned about its “strategic interests” and human rights and democracy never concern Washington.

Here are the currency-market winners — and losers — from Trump’s first 100 days
The first 100 days of the Trump administration has been a particularly exciting time for financial markets, primarily because many of Wall Street’s assumptions about how markets would react to the Republican’s purportedly progrowth policies were way off base.

Belgian municipality boycotts companies promoting Israeli occupation
A Belgian municipality has adopted a motion that prohibits all forms of political, economic and cultural dealings with Israeli institutions and companies promoting the regime’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

Turkey: 11 Syrian Kurds killed in border clash
Turkish army has claimed killing 11 “terrorists” during cross-border clashes with Syrian Kurdish fighters.

Chokheh competition held in Ghoochan
Chokhe wrestling competition was held in Ghoochan, located northeast of Iran.

Iran says discussing 5-year nuclear cooperation with EU
Iran and the European Union are discussing a five-year plan for cooperation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy which will be funded by the bloc, Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s nuclear chief, said on Saturday.

Iran presidential debate receives mixed feedback
The first of three planned debates ahead of the May 19 elections in Iran received mixed feedback, with most commentators describing either Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf or Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri as the winners of the 3-hour-long debate.

Tehran, Moscow discuss nuclear cooperation
Iranian and Russian officials have held meetings to discuss expansion of nuclear cooperation between the two countries, ISNA reported on Saturday.

Iran: Israeli attack on Syria violates international law
Iranian Foreign Ministry on Friday strongly condemned the Zionist regime’s attacks on Syrian territory, describing it as a violation of international law.

Zarif calls Iran safest country for investment
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that Iran is the “safest” and “most transparent” country for economic cooperation.