Iran English language newspaper headlines on Thursday, 18-05-2017

Iran Daily

Rouhani : Nation to choose between progress and destruction
Incumbent President Hassan Rouhani who is seeking a second term in office said on Wednesday the Iranian people should choose between the country’s ‘progress’ and its ‘destruction’.

Leader: Calm, secure Iran gearing up for elections
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Iran is preparing for its presidential and local elections in a secure and calm environment at the heart of a region rife with unrest.

S. Korea’s Moon warns high chance of clashes with North
South Korean President Moon Jae-in warned Wednesday there was a “high possibility” of military clashes along the border with North Korea.

Thousands rally in Greece general strike over new cuts
Thousands of Greeks demonstrated on Wednesday against a new round of austerity cuts in a 24-hour general strike that disrupted travel and shut down public services.

Putin offers to give US Congress notes of Trump’s meeting
Russia President Vladimir Putin offered Wednesday to turn over to US Congress records of President Donald Trump’s discussions with Russian diplomats in which Trump is said to have disclosed classified information.

German company says lifting sanctions opened Iranian energy doors
A German industrial equipment company said it was firmly set in the Iranian oil and gas sector because of the easing of economic sanctions.

Iran’s UN envoy: Women main victims of Middle East crises
Iran’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations said that women are the main victims of the recent crises and cruel sanctions in the Middle East

Interior minister: Election results to be announced all at once
Iran’s interior minister said the results of the country’s upcoming presidential elections will be announced all at once, and not at different stages.

Zarif urges removal of banking obstacles to trade with India
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed the need for removing obstacles in the way of banking cooperation between Iran and India.

Tehran Times

Tehran, Madrid sign MOU on railway co-op
Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (IRIR) and Spain’s Administrator of Railway Infrastructures (known as Adif) signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday for railway cooperation, IRNA reported.

Rosewater festivals take center stage in central Iran
Each spring rosewater distillation ceremonies, known as Golab-giri, take center stage in central Iran, drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the city of Kashan and its neighboring towns and villages from early May to mid-June.

Putin: Claims Trump gave Lavrov secret info ‘political schizophrenia’
Russian President Vladimir Putin has strongly dismissed as “political schizophrenia” media reports about U.S. President Donald Trump sharing top secret information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, stressing that Moscow is prepared to provide a recording of the exchange between the two sides.

Cholera death toll in Yemen rises to 209: UNICEF
Cholera has killed some 209 people in war-torn Yemen in recent weeks, the UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund is a United Nations) said on Wednesday.

U.S. extends Iran sanctions relief
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday extended sanctions relief for Iran that was called for under the 2015 pact, two U.S. officials told Reuters.

Newlypurchased ATRs arrive in Tehran
Four of the 20 passenger jets Iran purchased from the European plane maker ATR landed in Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport on Wednesday.

Leader urges utmost care to protect votes
Ahead of the presidential and city council elections, a group of people from various backgrounds met with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday morning, according to

The May 19 presidential election, a background
The fate of Iran’s May 19 presidential election has been hotly debated both inside and outside of the country over the past few months. And now, within three days it will be clear who will be sworn in in August as the 12th president since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.