Iran English language newspaper headlines on Monday, 19-02-2018

Iran Daily

All 66 on board killed as plane crashes in southwest Iran
An Iranian passenger plane crashed on Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southwest Iran, killing all 66 people on board.

Leader urges efforts to boost Iran’s defense capabilities
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei urged efforts to maintain and boost Iran’s defense capabilities, addressing enemies for disputing the country’s missile program.

Israeli forces kill two Gazan teens
Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian teenagers in the Gaza Strip, medical sources said on Sunday.

Zarif: Israel’s ‘myth of invincibility’ has crumbled
Iran’s Foreign Minister said on Sunday the shooting down of an Israeli jet after it bombed a military site in Syria had shattered Israel’s “so-called invincibility,” reacting to a speech delivered earlier by Israel’s premier.

Student tells Trump at Florida anti-gun rally: ‘Shame on you’
A student survivor of the Parkland school shooting called out US President Donald Trump on Saturday (Feb. 17) over his ties to the powerful National Rifle Association, in a poignant address to an anti-gun rally in Florida.

Qassemi raps US push to hamper investment in Iran
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said US National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster’s recent remarks in Munich are a threat issued to other countries and against Iran’s nuclear deal.

Iran sympathizes with Mexico over deadly helicopter crash
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi expressed his deep sorrow over the deaths of 13 Mexicans, including three children, in a military helicopter crash.

Tehran Times

Leader: Iran against WMDs but promotes defense power
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that Iran considers nuclear bomb and other weapons of mass destruction as religiously banned, but does anything necessary to increase its defense capability.

Plane crashes in central Iran; 65 confirmed dead
A plane heading from Tehran to Yasouj, a city in the southwestern province of Kohgiluyeh Boyerahmad, crashed into the mountain on Sunday morning, leaving 65 dead.

Two Palestinians killed by Israeli fire; Hamas fires at regime jets
Two Palestinian teenage boys have been found dead following Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip.

McMaster’s remarks are an example of Iranophobia
The Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday that U.S. National Security Adviser Herbert Raymond McMaster’s remarks were in line with the United States’ “Iranophobic policies”.

West Karoun: Fields with promise for Iran’s oil industry
In the last few years, especially after the implementation of the nuclear deal (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions or JCPOA), Iran’s oil industry has been strongly focused on developing joint oil and gas fields, aiming to increase the seven-percent share of such fields in the country’s oil production.

Torrential rain troubles quake-stricken Kermanshahis
Torrential rain in the southwestern city of Sarpol-e Zahab, Kermanshah province, which was hit hard by a strong temblor on November 12, 2017, has put the earthquake victims to major inconvenience.

Iran FM calls Netanyahu’s theatrical move ‘cartoonish circus’
During a hateful speech at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday, Benjamin Netanyahu held up a remnant of what he said was a piece of an Iranian drone shot down by Israel earlier this month, a theatrical move which Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif likened to “cartoonish circus”.

Kerry: It is ‘absolutely critical’ to make sure nuclear deal will survive
Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that it is “absolutely critical” to make sure that the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, will survive.

Zarif: Iran favors ‘strong region’ over ‘strong man’
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that Iran favors a “strong region” as opposed to a “strong man in the region”.