Iran English language newspaper headlines on Wednesday, 14-03-2018

Iran Daily

Iran, Azerbaijan can connect Asia, Africa to northern Europe
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday hailed the growing relations between Iran and Azerbaijan in various fields, economy in particular, saying the two countries can connect Asia and Africa to northern Europe.

Russia ‘will respond if US strikes Syria’
The Russian military has threatened action against the US is it strikes Syria’s capital city of Damascus, according to multiple news reports.

Iran ranks 2nd in production of decorative stones
Iran ranks second in the world in the production of decorative stones, said the head of Iran’s Mines House on Tuesday.

FM:Iran, China, Pakistan can cooperate in Chabahar, CPEC
Iran can play a role in the implementation of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), whereas Pakistan and China can invest in developing Chabahar Port in south Iran, said the Iranian minister of foreign affairs.

Trump fires top diplomat Tillerson, names Pompeo successor
Donald Trump Tuesday sacked his top diplomat Rex Tillerson and named current CIA chief Mike Pompeo to succeed him, ending a rocky tenure by the Texas oilman who had been sidelined on the world stage by the mercurial president.

Ayatollah Jannati reelected as Assembly of Experts chief
Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati was reelected as the chairman of Iran’s Assembly of Experts on Tuesday.

Attacker targeting Iran envoy’s home was Egyptian: Austria
Austrian police said the knife attacker who was killed outside the residence of Iran’s ambassador to Vienna was of Egyptian origin.

Parliament reinstates roads, labor ministers
The Iranian ministers of roads and urban development as well as cooperative, labor and welfare regained vote of confidence of the Parliament on Tuesday.

Iran urges Dutch push to end Saudi war on Yemen
Iran’s defense minister called on the Netherlands to use its influence in international bodies to help end a Saudi-led military campaign against people of Yemen.

Iran Air to recruit female pilots for first time
Iran’s flag-carrier airline Iran Air is set to recruit female pilots for the first time in the country’s history.

Tehran Times

Russian military says to respond if U.S. strikes Syria
A top Russian general says his country will respond to a United States strike on Syria,
targeting any missiles and launchers involved in such an attack, if the lives of Russian servicemen are threatened.

Council bans construction of high-rise buildings in Tehran gardens
Construction of the towering buildings in gardens in the capital was prohibited by the Tehran city council on Tuesday, Mehr news agency reported.

Development plans to see 79% budget rise next year
The national budget bill for the next Iranian calendar year (starting on March 21) has envisaged 79 percent more budget for development projects, the government spokesman announced.

Zarif: Iran will back Saudis in case of foreign aggression
In a conciliatory gesture, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that Iran will be the first to support Saudi Arabia in case the kingdom comes under a foreign aggression.

Trump sacks Tillerson, replaces Pompeo
The United States President, Donald Trump has sacked Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state and will replace him with the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) Director Mike Pompeo.

Shahrdari Bam win Iran women’s football league
Shahrdari Bam football team claimed the title of the Iran women’s league.

Defense chief: Iran focused on promoting deterrence capability
Defense Minister Amir Hatami said on Tuesday that Iran is using its maximum efforts to promote its defense capability.

Europe could work to keep nuclear deal alive without U.S.: commentary

In a commentary published by Reuters on Monday, it is said that if the U.S. withdraws from the 2015 nuclear deal, Europe could work with other international powers to keep the agreement alive.

Attacker on Iran embassy was of Egyptian origin

Austrian police say the knife attacker who was killed outside the residence of Iran’s ambassador to Vienna was of Egyptian origin.

JCPOA joint commission to convene on March 16

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini issued a statement on Monday announcing that the joint commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will take place in Vienna on March 16.

Transport, labor minister survive impeachment

The Iranian transport and labor ministers succeeded to win a vote of confidence in an impeachment session in the parliament on Tuesday.

Jannati retains post as Assembly of Experts chief

On Tuesday, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati was reinstated as the chairman of the Assembly
of Experts, a clerical body tasked with monitoring and choosing Leader of the Islamic Revolution.