Iran English language newspaper headlines on Wednesday, 14-02-2018

Iran Daily

Leader hails Iran’s Shia-Sunni unity
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei lauded the strong unity among Iran’s Shia and Sunni Muslims despite all enemy attempts to sow discord among them.

Erdogan says US funding of Syrian YPG militia to impact Turkey’s decisions
A decision by the United States to continue to fund the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will affect Turkey’s future moves, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, ahead of a visit this week by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

French official: Iran’s missile activities ‘legitimate’
A senior French Foreign Ministry official defended Iran’s missile program amid Washington’s pressure on the Islamic Republic to abandon its missile activities.

Zuma triggers crisis by refusing ANC’s exit order
South Africa braced Tuesday for a major political showdown as scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma rejected a direct order from the ruling ANC party to leave office.

Iran 18th biggest world economy: Nobakht
Iran is the 18th biggest economy in the world, said Head of Plan and Budget Organization Mohammad-Baqer Nobakht quoting International Monetary Fund (IMF) figures.

Russia: US undermining Syria integrity
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that in Syria the United States has been acting unilaterally in a dangerous way, undermining the country’s integrity.

Leader grants clemency to over 560 Iranian prisoners
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday pardoned or commuted the sentences of 565 Iranian convicts.

Rouhani: World’s resistance against Trump shows trust in Iran
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said more than 190 countries stand against the US president because they trust the Iranian government, nation and the establishment.

Air Pollution in Iran’s Ahvaz 60 times higher than safe levels
Heavy air pollution caused by haze and dust particles in Iran’s southwestern city of Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, has surged to 60 times above safe levels, crossing the “hazardous” level, in which the entire population is likely to experience adverse health effects.

Iran briefs foreign envoys on human rights achievements
Iran’s Foreign Ministry held a meeting in Tehran to brief foreign ambassadors on the country’s human rights achievements as part of plans to promote cooperation with other states in promoting human rights.

Tehran Times

U.S. seeks to build military base near Iraq border with Iran: Lebanese daily
In an article published by the Lebanese Al Akhbar daily on Tuesday, the writer is of the opinion that the U.S. is seeking to build a military base in Iraq near the border with Iran.

Tehran prosecutor: Spies used environment as cover
The Tehran prosecutor general on Tuesday commented on a number of recent arrests of people who have been charged with espionage, saying they had used environmentalism as a cover.

Kim praises S. Korea’s hospitality, urges more dialog
North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un has lauded the hospitality South Korea extended to his country’s delegation in the Winter Olympics, stressing the significance of building on the existing rapprochement to expand dialog on the divided Korean Peninsula.

Leader pardons, commutes sentences of 565 inmates
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday pardoned or commuted prison terms of 565 convicts sentenced in courts across the country.

And now comes the acid rain
Rain is a sign of hope and life, especially in low precipitation regions like Iran, but in some instances it can be harmful both for humans and the environment.

The need to clarify speculations about death of environmentalist
Following the death of Kavous Seyed Emami, an environmentalist, in prison on February 10, the hashtag #freeIranianConservationist has gone viral in social media in Iran.

Bodies of three oil tanker crew
The photo shows the bodies of three crew members of the Iranian oil tanker Sanchi which collided with a Chinese freight ship in East China coast on January 6.

Calm restored without gun, Rouhani says of recent protests
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that security forces restored calm in the recent protests without using weapons.

Iranian, Russian, Turkish FMs to discuss Syria in Astana next month
The foreign ministers of Iran, Russia, and Turkey plan to meet next month to discuss the situation in Syria, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said on Tuesday.

Iranian Shias, Sunnis stand together in tough times: Leader
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said that Shia and Sunni Muslims in Iran stand beside each other in the most difficult times.

Trump boosts missile defense spending to counter so-called ‘Iran threat’
U.S. President Donald Trump’s $686 billion defense request for the coming fiscal year would propel the Navy toward a new goal of 355 ships, restore major funding for a Boeing Co. fighter jet favored by the president and boost missile defense spending to counter what his administration calls threats from North Korea and Iran.

All enemies’ plots to harm unity thwarted: IRGC chief
The chief commander of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has hailed the peaceful coexistence among Iranian Shia and Sunni Muslims, saying all plots hatched by enemies to undermine national unity and solidarity in the country have been thwarted.

Vessels in Persian Gulf obligated to use Iranian-defined routes: commander
In compliance with a new regulation introduced by Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, all foreign vessels entering the Persian Gulf have to take the maritime routes defined by Iran, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said.