Iran English language newspaper headlines on Sunday, 21-10-2018

Iran Daily

Silenced forever; Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi killed in Istanbul consulate
Saudi Arabia admitted on Saturday that dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its Istanbul consulate, saying he died during a “fistfight”, an explanation that President Donald Trump called credible but drew skepticism from top US lawmakers.

Tens of thousands rally in London for new Brexit vote
Tens of thousands of people opposed to Britain’s looming breakup with the EU rallied in the heart of London on Saturday, according to organizers, in the latest bid to try and stop Brexit.

Iran, South Korea plan ‘comprehensive’ boost in ties
Iran’s new ambassador to South Korea said there is a ‘comprehensive plan’ to expand ties with Seoul in face of the resumption of US actions.

Afghan voters brave attacks on bloody election day
Nearly 170 Afghans were killed or wounded in poll-related violence on Saturday, officials said, as the legislative election turned chaotic with many polling centers opening hours late – or not at all – due to technical glitches and lack of staff.

Iran urges Pakistan to take prompt action against kidnappers of Iranian border guards
Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri called on Pakistan to take prompt action against kidnappers of Iranian border guards.

Iran roads minister announces resignation
Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi released his resignation letter to the public on Saturday.

Tainted alcohol kills at least one
A new case of tainted alcohol has killed at least one and hospitalized 20 others in the southern province of Hormuzgan.

Iran hails extension of FATF sanctions waiver
Iran’s Foreign Ministry welcomed the Financial Action Task Force’s decision to extend suspension of countermeasures against Tehran, describing it as a defeat for the US and its allies.

Iran, India, Russia looking for new ways of cooperation
Representatives of Iran, Russia and India at a trilateral meeting discussed threats of the modern world and ways to expand regional cooperation.


Tehran Times

Iran urges FATF to focus on technical reports
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Friday that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) should focus on technical reports and avoid any political motivations.

Expediency Council studies CFT
On Saturday, Iran’s Expediency Council started deliberations on the bill to join the CFT, a legislation to combat financing of terrorism.

More than 130 casualties as violence rocks chaotic Afghan elections
More than 130 Afghans were killed or wounded in poll-related violence on Saturday, officials said, as the legislative election turned chaotic with hundreds of polling centers failing to open and voters queuing for hours.

IRGC commander urges services for Pakistani Arbaeen pilgrims
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari ordered IRGC forces
in the southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan to provide services for Pakistani pilgrims passing through Iran to Iraq for Arbaeen pilgrimage, according to Tasnim news agency.

Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi died in consulate
Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate, its first admission of his death after two weeks of denials that have shaken Western relations with the powerful kingdom.

New Endowments and Charity Affairs Organization director appointed
The newly appointed director of the Endowments and Charity Affairs Organization Hojatoleslam Seyed Mahdi Khamoushi was inaugurated on Saturday.

Asia-Europe leaders support JCPOA, decry return of sanctions
Late on Friday, the political leaders attending the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) reaffirmed their “collective support” for a
multilateral nuclear agreement Iran signed with major world powers in 2015, saying the lifting of sanctions against Tehran is an essential part of the deal.

Baqeri urges Pakistan to immediately arrest kidnappers
Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Mohammad Baqeri has urged Pakistan to take immediate action to arrest terrorists who kidnapped more than 10 Iranian border guards last week.

Diplomat says has plans to strengthen Tehran-Seoul ties
Iranian Ambassador to South Korea Saeed Badamchi Shabestari said on Saturday that he has plans to expand ties with Seoul.

Trump administration is unpredictable, ex-negotiator says
A former Iranian diplomat believes the 2015 nuclear agreement can survive U.S. unilateral withdrawal provided that the other signatories to the deal – Russia, China, France, Britain Germany and the European Union – show persistence in saving the accord by securing Iran’s interests.

Bodies of Iranians from Nazmehr ship still in Baku: embassy
The bodies of the crew members of the Iranian Nazmehr dry cargo ship who died as a result of poisoning are still in Baku, the Iranian embassy in Azerbaijan said on Saturday.