Iran English language newspaper headlines on Saturday, 13-05-2017

Iran Daily

Candidates lock horns in last debate before Iran election
The six candidates contesting Iran’s 12th presidential election squared off in a final live televised debate on Friday.

Israel not immune to Hezbollah missiles in any future war
Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyad Hassan Nasrallah said no part of the occupied Palestinian lands will be immune to resistance missiles and its fighters in any future conflict.

Mexico warns US of alternatives on trade, points to China
Mexico sent a stark message to US President Donald Trump on Thursday, saying an upcoming visit by Mexican officials to China showed Latin America’s second largest economy had other places to export to if he tore up the NAFTA trade deal.

Iran crowned Asian GR wrestling champion
The Iranian men’s national Greco-Roman wrestling team has won the title of the Asian Senior Wrestling Championships in India, having collected seven medals, including four gold ones, at the continental sporting event.

Tayyebnia: Iranian, foreign banks ink MoUs worth $60b
Iran’s Economy Minister Ali Tayyebnia declared that the banks have signed a number of multibillion-dollar memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with international monetary organizations since the implementation of the nuclear agreement, also known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in January 2016.

Trump attacks on fired FBI chief meet resistance
President Donald Trump on Thursday ran into resistance for calling ousted FBI chief James Comey a “showboat,” an attack that was swiftly contradicted by top US senators and the acting FBI leader, who pledged that an investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia would proceed with vigor.

Pakistan, Iran agree to cooperate against terror groups
Iranian and Pakistani officials held a meeting at the border town of Taftan on Friday morning to step up bilateral cooperation against the threat of terror attacks and ensure legal movement along the shared 900-kilometer border.

Ministry: Forces working to ensure election security
Iran’s security forces, from border guards to local police, have been busy working in recent weeks to ensure security of the upcoming presidential election, a deputy minister announced, saying not a single report of security threats has been received so far.

20 injured in Iran earthquake
An earthquake hit Iran’s northwestern province of Ardabil on Thursday, wounding at least 20 people.

Tehran Times

U.S. admits IRGC behaving professionally in Persian Gulf
The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) forces are operating safely and professionally in the Persian Gulf in interactions with U.S. ships, according to the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community, published on Thursday.

Iran welcomes China’s new Silk Road initiative
Iranian Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Ali Tayyebnia has welcomed the idea of reviving the Silk Road proposed by China, underlining that the plan will fortify ties and solidarity among countries along the ancient road.

‘ECO puts tourism boost atop agenda’
The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) has placed a high priority on the expansion of tourism industry amongst the member states, the visiting ECO deputy secretary-general Ahsan Ali Mangi said on Wednesday.

At G7, world finance chiefs are trying to gauge Trump’s plans
Finance chiefs from some of the world’s richest nations began a twoday meeting in Italy on Friday, with Europe, Japan and Canada hoping to come away with a clearer picture of U.S. President Donald Trump’s plans on important policies.

Palestinian mass hunger strike takes dramatic turn
More Palestinian prisoners are joining the mass hunger strike which entered its 26th day Friday, with the campaign assuming global proportions amid worsening health conditions of hundreds of strikers languishing in Israeli jails.

Unprecedented electoral enthusiasm among U.S. Iranians
There is great electoral enthusiasm among Iranian expatriates living in the United States who are eager to gain information on May 19 presidential elections, says Deputy Director of the Islamic Republic of Iran Interest Section in Washington, according to IRNA.

Iranians celebrate birth anniversary of Imam Mahdi
Thousands of Iranians gathered at Jamkaran Mosque, Qom, on Friday to celebrate the birth anniversary of Imam Mahdi, the twelfth Shiite imam.

Candidates round up economic debates
Six presidential candidates of Iran rounded up their presidential debates with a hot economic debate cast live on the national TV on Friday evening.

Saudi Arabia cannot be a threat to Iran: MP
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the parliamentary National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, has said that Saud Arabia has failed in the regional arena and cannot pose a threat against Iran.

Iran, Russia, Turkey to discuss Syria de-escalation zones, Lavrov says
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday that Russian, Turkish and Iranian experts plan to meet in a week or two to discuss parameters of de-escalation zones in Syria.