Iran English language newspaper headlines on Monday, 16-12-2019

Iran Daily


Some regional players seek to gain ‘hegemony’: Iran FM

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday blasted “some regional actors” for using “disparities” in the Middle East to gain “hegemony.


Iran sanctions ‘alternative’ for hot war: US

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended Washington’s use of the dollar in sanctions on other nations, describing aggressive economic restrictions such as those levied against the Islamic Republic as a replacement for direct military clash with Tehran.


Iran says has foiled second cyberattack in less than a week

Iran’s telecommunications minister announced on Sunday that the country has defused a second cyberattack in less than a week, this time “aimed at spying on government intelligence.


Hong Kong mall protests flare with chief executive in Beijing

Small groups of protesters gathered in shopping malls across Hong Kong on Sunday amid brief scuffles with riot police as attention turned to an upcoming meeting between Hong Kong’s leader and China’s president.


Zarif holds talks with foreign officials at Doha Forum

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with ranking foreign officials in the Qatari capital during his visit to the Doha Forum 2019.


Air pollution forces Tehran schools, universities to close

A brownish-gray haze from heavy smog draped Iran’s capital on Sunday, shuttering schools and universities in Tehran and some other cities once again, state media reported, amid news of further air pollution to linger over the city.


Larijani: Asian states highlight Iran’s role in regional security

Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said the Asian countries at a meeting of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) in Turkey acknowledged Iran’s role in ensuring regional security.


Health minister dubs pill-in-pastry ‘matter of security’

Iran’s Health Minister Saeed Namaki said a recent case in which drugs were inserted into some domestic confectionery products, constituted a security matter meant to disturb the general public.

Tehran Times


Domestic production saves Iran over €400m in 6 months

Iranian Industry, Mining and Trade Minister Reza Rahmani said that relying on domestic production has saved €412 million for the country over the past six months in which six desks have been held on the matter, IRNA reported.


Iran defuses ‘systematic cyberattack’ on government

The telecommunications minister announced on Sunday that Iran has defused a “systematic cyberattack” aimed at spying on government data.


Abdul-Mahdi censures U.S. blacklisting of counter-terror figures

Former Iraqi prime minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has condemned a recent decision by the United States to slap sanctions on leaders of the pro-government Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU) or Hashd alSha’abi. In a statement released by Iraq’s Shafaq News on Sunday, he said those targeted by the fresh American sanctions were the ones involved in operations against the Daesh terrorist group.


“Teahouse Painting” honored at Jalal literary awards

“Teahouse Painting”, the memoirs of Kazem Darabi, an Iranian suspect in the 1992 Mykonos Restaurant assassinations case in Berlin, has won the Jalal Al-e Ahmad Literary Award during the 12th edition of Iran’s most lucrative literary prize.


Can security be purchased? Zarif asks at Doha Forum

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that certain countries in the Persian Gulf region, enjoying an abundance of wealth brought by petrodollars, buy the “most sophisticated arms” but asked can security and stability be purchased.


Iran, Oman voice pleasure as hopes rise over cession of war in Yemen

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Omani Deputy Parliament Speaker Abdullah Al Amri on Saturday expressed pleasure over relative ceasefire in Yemen, underlining their respective countries’ support for a peaceful settlement of the war in the country.


Rouhani to attend KL Summit

President Hassan Rouhani will participate in the Kuala Lumpur (KL) Summit 2019, Malay Mail said on Saturday.


Top MP criticizes cut in defense budget

Head of the Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Committee on Saturday criticized the government for reducing the defense budget for the next year.


Asia sees regional security dependent on co-op with Iran: Larijani

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Sunday that the Asian countries see regional security dependent on cooperation with Iran.