Iran English language newspaper headlines on Monday, 19-03-2018

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Iranians preparing for Norouz celebrations
In the Persian language, Norouz is taken from No (new) and rouz (day). It means ‘new day’, symbolizing new life, and new beginnings. Every year, Norouz coincides with the start of spring and traditionally celebrates the rebirth of nature. It also coincides with the spring equinox.

Turkish forces take control of Syria’s Afrin
Turkey’s flag was flying in Syria’s Afrin on Sunday after Turkish troops and Ankara-backed militants chased out Kurdish militia forces to seize control of the northern city.

Rouhani:Insecurity detrimental to all regional countries
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned on Sunday the spread of insecurity and instability in the Middle East will be highly detrimental to all regional countries.

Total says will apply for waiver if US withdraws from Iran deal
French oil major Total is committed to the development of an Iranian gas field and will apply for a waiver if US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdraws from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and reimposes sanctions on Tehran, the company’s chief executive said.

Putin on track for commanding win in Russian election
Russians voted in a presidential election on Sunday that was expected to give Vladimir Putin an easy victory.

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi pressed on Rohingya crisis at ASEAN summit
Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was pressed about the Rohingya crisis at an ASEAN summit in Sydney Sunday, but the regional bloc stressed it could not intervene and “force an outcome”.

Former president Ahmadinejad’s deputy detained
Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s deputy, was detained by police, judicial authorities said.

New Year will be year of investment, economic growth, social justice
President Hassan Rouhani said the new Iranian year (to start March 21) will be the year of investment, economic growth and social justice.

Zarif briefly hospitalized, cancels meetings
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was hospitalized for a few hours on Saturday and canceled all his meetings on Saturday and Sunday so he can rest, the Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said.

Tehran Times

Rouhani: We won’t make concessions on national interests
The Iranian president has underlined his country’s determination to continue efforts to establish regional stability and have constructive interaction with the world, saying the U.S. and its allies are not able to prevent Tehran from meeting its national interests.

Iran’s mineral exports up 6% in 11 months yr/yr
Iran exported $8.4 billion of minerals during the 11-month periodended on February 19, with six percent rise from the figure of the same period of time in the previous year, accordingto Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO).

Putin on track for win in Russia polls
Russians voted in a presidential election onSunday that was expected to give Vladimir Putin an easy victory, but his opponents alleged officials were compelling people to come to the polls so that a low turnout does not tarnish the win.

Deteriorating environment is waiting for the right decisions
Did you know if you’re 41 or younger you’ve never experienced a normal climate, not even once? This was shared on Years of Living Dangerously, an American documentary television series focusing on global warming, Instagram page on March 6.

New American-Russian conflict: A confrontation beyond Cold War
The conflict between the White House and Grand Kremlin Palace, which by far is more dangerous and intense than that ofthe Cold War era, seems to have reached its peak.

Tehran Times celebrates New Year
Staff and management at the Tehran Times held a celebration on March 17, four days before Noruz

Rouhani raises concern with humanitarian crisis in Yemen
The Iranian president has raised concern with the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the war-hit Yemen, calling for an immediate ceasefire in the war in the country.

Republican senator expects Trump to pull out of nuclear deal
Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he expects President Donald Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May.

Commander: Iran in best security condition
Commander of the Iranian border guards has underlined his forces’ high vigilance against enemies’ moves at borderareas.

Tehran dismisses speculation on Omani FM’s visit
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson quashed rumors that Omani Minister Responsiblefor Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah’s visit to Iran has something to dowith U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis recent trip to Oman.

Moscow not committed to possible anti-Iran sanctions: envoy
Russia’s ambassador to Tehran Levan Dzhagaryan has said that Moscow will not be committed to possible new sanctions against Iran by European countries and the United States.

‘Government is not Rouhani’s birthright’
A member of the central council of the Servants of Construction Party has criticized the Rouhani administration, saying the executive branch is not President Rouhani’s birthright.