Iran English language newspaper headlines on Wednesday, 18-07-2018

Iran Daily

Iran nuclear deal collapse would be ‘a pity’
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against attempts to dismantle the Iran nuclear deal following the US withdrawal in May, saying the collapse of the 2015 accord would be “a pity”.

Almost 300 Malians killed this year in militia clashes: UN
Nearly 300 Malian civilians have been killed in fighting between rival militias this year, the UN human rights office said on Tuesday, as surging inter-communal violence across the country threatens a presidential election due later this month.

Israel further tightens Gaza blockade over fire kites
Israel further tightened its blockade of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, preventing fuel deliveries through the only goods crossing with the Palestinian enclave after scores of kites carried firebombs to burn Israeli farmland.

Japan, EU sign major trade deal in ‘message against protectionism
Japan and the European Union signed a wide-ranging free trade deal on Tuesday that both sides hope will act as a counterweight to the protectionist forces unleashed by US President Donald Trump.

Iran ranks 15th in science production in world
Iran for the first time ranked 15th in science production with 22,500 scientific articles, said the head of the Islamic World Science Citation Center (ISC) on Tuesday.

Top general: Iran, Pakistan to jointly produce defense equipment
Iran’s top military commander emphasized the importance of enhancing defense relations with Pakistan, saying the two neighbors are seeking to jointly manufacture defense equipment.

Quake damages houses in NE Iran
An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale jolted Iran’s Sankhast in the northeastern province of North Khorasan on Tuesday, a local official said, adding that there are reports of damages to the district’s houses.

British envoy: No single target date for implementation of EU package for Iran deal
British Ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire said there is no “single target date” for the implementation of European Union’s package of economic measures to offset the US pullout from Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Minister:Iran cuts power to Iraq to meet domestic demand
Iran’s energy minister said rising energy consumption amid a suffocating heat wave forced the country to cut power exports to neighboring Iraq which is grappling with an electricity crisis.

Tehran Times

Iran, Pakistan to jointly manufacture arms
Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Mohammad Baqeri announced on Tuesday that Iran and
Pakistan plan to jointly manufacture weapons.

European governments explore financial channels for Iran
The French, British and German governments have told Iran they are exploring activating accounts for the Iranian central bank with their national central banks in a bid to open a financial channel to keep
alive the Iranian nuclear deal, according to several European officials.

Iranian pilgrims due to start Hajj today
The first group of Iranian Hajj pilgrims are scheduled to leave Tehran for Medina, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday morning, head of Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization, has said.

Amnesty: U.S.-led coalition in denial over civilian deaths in Raqqa
The United States-led coalition is “deeply in denial” about the number of civilians killed during an offensive it launched to remove the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Daesh) terrorist outfit from Syria’s Raqqa last year, Amnesty International has said.

Mandaeans practicing baptism in Karun River
Followers of Mandaeism are seen as performing baptism in Karun River, Khuzestan province.

Iran to continue talks on oil sale, banking ties: Zarif
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that despite the U.S. exit from the 2015 nuclear agreement Iran will continue talks with the remaining signatories to the accord on guaranteeing sale of oil and banking transactions.

EU activates law on protecting trade with Iran: Mogherini
European countries have activated a blocking statute that prohibits companies from complying with U.S. sanctions on Iran, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday.

India firm to help keep nuclear deal alive: Araqchi
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Monday that India is determined to help keep the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the official name for the 2015 nuclear deal, alive.

Putin defends JCPOA in presser with Trump
In a joint press conference with his American counterpart Donald Trump in Helsinki on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin defended the Iran nuclear deal.

Supreme Council for Economic Coordination tasks govt bodies to fight sanctions
The Supreme Council for Economic Coordination has assigned different duties to governmental bodies to fight the looming U.S. sanctions and stabilize the economy, according to a report by Mehr
news agency.

Drug money circulate in Western banks: Iranian interior minister
Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli on Tuesday criticized Western countries for exercising double standards in fighting narcotics, saying the drug money circulate in Western banks.