Iran English language newspaper headlines on Saturday, 19-08-2017

Iran Daily


CBI: 11th gov’t absorbs $11.8b of foreign investment
The 11th government absorbed $ 11.8 billion of foreign investment, the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) announced in a report on Thursday.

14dead in twin attacks as Spanish police launch manhunt
Spanish police hunted Friday for the driver who plowed a van into crowds of pedestrians on a busy avenue in Barcelona, just hours before a second such assault hit a nearby resort, in twin attacks that left 14 dead and over 100 injured.

Japan’s Inpex eyes bid for Azadegan oil project
Japan’s Inpex Corp. might participate in a tender to develop Azadegan oilfield in southwestern Iran and form a consortium with other foreign oil firms to that end, a high-ranking Iranian official said.

One person killed in Finland knife rampage
One person was dead after a man armed with a knife stabbed several people in Finland before being shot by armed police.

Saudi Arabia reopens border to Qatari pilgrims despite tensions
Qatari Hajj pilgrims began crossing into Saudi Arabia, after Riyadh reopened the border in a move that Doha welcomed but saw as “politically motivated” as regional tensions simmer.

Karroubi ends hunger strike after health minister’s visit
Mehdi Karroubi, a former Iranian Parliament speaker under house arrest for six years, ended his hunger strike late Thursday after the authorities accepted to remove security guards from his home in Tehran.

Iran, Turkey agree to boost military cooperation
Following a rare visit by Iran’s top military chief to Turkey, Tehran and Ankara agreed to forge closer military cooperation.

Intelligence Ministry dismisses illegal conduct allegations
The Iranian Intelligence Ministry dismissed the hostile media speculations and accusations by the anti-revolutionary groups aimed at “fomenting discord and sedition” in Iran, stressing that it acts fully within the law and respects Islamic morals and values.

President’s pick for defense minister to enhance missile power
President Hassan Rouhani’s new pick for defense minister has underlined his resolve to further enhance Iran’s ballistic missile capabilities if he qualifies for the post.


Tehran Times


Iran condemns ‘blind terror act’ in Barcelona
After a van rammed into pedestrians in a crowded tourist area of Barcelona, Spain, the Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying terrorists who have suffered defeats one after another in Iraq and Syria are planning to commit “blind terror acts” in different parts of the world.

64 years since CIA coup in Iran
Sixty-four years ago, a foreign-backed coup d’état – known in Iran as the 28 Mordad coup – was staged in Iran which saw the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh on 19 August 1953 in favor of strengthening the
monarchical rule of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

Kurdish independence will spread fear across region: Ibrahim al-Jaafari
Iraq’s Kurds are spreading fear across the Middle East in their push for independence and must involve neighboring countries if they wish to secede from Baghdad, the Iraqi foreign minister has told Middle East Eye.

Iranian official urges full free trade with Syria
An Iranian business official called for efforts to make the most out of a free trade agreement with Syria, voicing Iran’s readiness to satisfy the Arab country’s trade needs.

Spanish police shoot five suspects dead
Spanish police shot dead five would-be attackers after confronting them early on Friday in a town south of Barcelona where hours earlier a suspected militant drove a van into crowds, killing 13 people and wounding scores of others.

Defense pick vows stronger missiles
President Hassan Rouhani’s pick for defense minister promised on Thursday to increase the “accuracy and power” of Iran’s ballistic and cruise missiles if granted a vote of confidence.

Turkey, Russia, Iran may launch joint military operation in Syria
Turkey, Russia and Iran may start a joint military operation in Syria. The exact date for the start of the joint operation is not reported, but Russian troops have already been stationed on the south of Idlib in the Muradah and Halfaya settlements, Azernews reported on Friday.