Iran English language newspaper headlines on Monday, 01-01-2018

Iran Daily

People around world ring in 2018
Fireworks lit up the sky above Sydney Harbour, highlighting the city’s New Year’s celebrations.

South Korea seizes second ship suspected of providing oil to North Korea
South Korean authorities have seized a Panama-flagged vessel suspected of transferring oil products to North Korea in violation of international sanctions, a customs official said on Sunday.

18 dead in suicide attack on Afghan funeral
An explosion at a funeral in Afghanistan’s restive east on Sunday killed at least 18 mourners and wounded another 13, officials said, capping a deadly year for ordinary Afghans.

US, Israel ‘lack understanding’ of Iranian people
Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said the US, Israel and regional reactionary states, which pretend to be supporting Iranian people’s rights, actually lack real understanding of the nation.

Iran-UK trade ties in post-JCPOA era up 50%
Annual statistics released by the British-Iranian Chamber of Commerce (BICC) indicates a significant surge in the two countries’ trade following the signing of the landmark nuclear agreement — also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — in July 2015 between Iran and P5+1.

Iran rejects Canada’s meddlesome statement on protests
Iran slammed Canada’s “meddlesome” stance on recent protests against economic conditions in some Iranian cities, saying it lacks any validity.

Zia Hashemi appointed as new IRNA chief
Iran’s Culture Minister Abbas Salehi in a decree on Sunday appointed Seyyed Zia Hashemi as the new managing director of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Iranian hostage released in Afghanistan
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) forces rescued an Iranian engineer who had been kidnapped at an eastern border area in Iran and held hostage inside Afghanistan for 10 days, a commander announced.

Primary schools shut in Tehran Province due to high pollution
Iran shut primary schools in Tehran Province on Monday for the second consecutive day because of dangerous levels of air pollution.



Tehran Times

Israelis protest against Netanyahu, regime’s corruption for 5th week
Thousands of Israelis have flocked into the streets of Tel Aviv for the fifth consecutive week, calling for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be jailed over corruption scandals.

Fajr Film Festival unveils official lineup
A total of 22 films will be contending for the Crystal Simorgh in the official competition at the 36th edition of the Fajr Film Festival, the organizers announced on Sunday.

Rouhani:Criticism is different from violence
In his first reaction to three days of protests in certain cities across Iran, President Hassan Rouhani told a cabinet meeting on Sunday that people should express their grievances in a way that would lead to better living condition for citizens and investment in the country.

Rouhani congratulates Iranian Christians on New Year
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has congratulated the country’s Christians ahead of the new Gregorian calendar year.

Blast at funeral in eastern Afghanistan kills 15
An explosion at a funeral in Afghanistan’s restive east on Sunday killed at least 18 mourners and wounded another 13, officials said, capping a deadly year for ordinary Afghans.

Devastation from 1000 days of war on Yemen
As the Saudi-led war on Yemen passes the grim 1,000-day milestone, the United Nations is warning that if humanitarian workers cannot gain greater access and the violence does not subside, the cost in lives will be incalculable.

Attempt to hijack nation’s voice
Sources close to security bodies have said of over 500 people arrested during the disturbances in different cities in Iran, more than 80 percent have admitted receiving money and ordered from outside the country to misuse the people’s protest against price rises and high unemployment.

Iran-Palestine relations need ‘serious revision’: envoy
Palestinian Ambassador to Tehran Salah al-Zawawi has said that Iran-Palestine relations are in
need of “serious revision” from both sides.

Iran condemns Canada’s position on protests
The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Sunday condemned Canada’s meddlesome position on the recent protests in Iran.

Iran warns Central Asia may be Daesh’s next target
The defeat of Daesh (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria has made the terrorist group to change the geography of its activities and Central Asian countries must be watchful of this threat, Iranian Ambassador to
Tajikistan Hojjatollah Faghani warned in a meeting with Tajik Parliament speaker Shukurjon Zuhurov in Dushanbe on Sunday.

Expert: Iran can connect Kazakhstan to Persian Gulf
Meysam Araie Darunkala, a Central Asia expert, has said that Iran can act as an appropriate corridor to connect Kazakhstan to the Persian Gulf region as well as Pakistan and India.