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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on June 27

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Sunday:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Sanctions have worst effects on EB patients

The sanctions imposed by the US and Western countries on Iran have not only created livelihood problems for many families but they have their worst effects on people suffering from epidermolysis bullosa (EB), also known as butterfly patients, and have caused several deaths.
Although the problems faced by EB patients have been temporarily solved with the arrival of a shipment of the wound dressings needed by them, concerns about the issue still remain and have become the main difficulties faced by families of such patients.
Hamid Reza Hashemi Golpaygani, the founder and managing director of Iran EB Home Foundation, told Iran Daily that US unilateral withdrawal from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, also known as JCPOA, and the escalation of sanctions against the country caused the problems to arise.
He added that contrary to the claims of US officials who say that foods and medicines are not subject to sanctions, the move has created many difficulties for those in charge of providing treatments for EB patients.

-- Tehran attracted over $1.2b in foreign funds last year: Official

Tehran Province attracted over $1.2 billion in foreign investments in the form of 27 contracts, pertaining to the same number of projects, in the previous Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, said the director general of the Economic Affairs and Finance Department of the Iranian capital.
Farzaneh Dehnadi told IRNA that in the same year, the province managed to rank first in the country in terms of foreign fund attraction and a number of approved foreign investment projects.

-- Koshti ba chookheh, a ritual wrestling performed in North Khorasan Province

Wrestling has always been a major interest for Iranian people, and there are many myths and legends that would indicate the power by a wrestling match. Even today, Iranians take pride of national wrestling team in Olympics and international championships.
As part of Iran’s history and identity, it is imaginable that there should be different styles of wrestling in this country, and surprisingly there are about 20 styles, which are different from internationally known freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. Today we want to introduce one of these wrestling styles, called koshti ba chookheh.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Iran Begins Sputnik V Production

The production of Sputnik V, a vaccine for the coronavirus developed by Russia, began at an Iranian company on Saturday.
In a ceremony attended by Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki, the production of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine under license started in Iran on Saturday. The Iranian producer, Actoverc, is a major pharmaceutical and food factory in the region.

-- Iran’s Women Win Gold at ISSF World Cup

 Iran have won a gold medal in the women’s 10m air rifle of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup. Najmeh Khedmati, Armina Sadeghian and Fatemeh Karamzadeh defeated Russia 16-2 in the final match.
Hungary beat Austria 16-10 in the bronze-medal match. On Thursday, Iranian shooter Javad Foroughi had won a gold medal in the men’s 10m air pistol. More than 600 athletes from 61 countries have participated in the competition in Osjek, Croatia.

-- Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi Marks 7th Establishment Anniversary

Iraq’s anti-terror resistance group Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), also known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, has held a military parade in the eastern Diyala province to mark the seventh anniversary of its formation.
The parade began on Saturday morning at the Abu Montazer al-Muhammadavi base, northeast of provincial capital Baqubah, with PMU commanders, government officials and martyrs’ families as well as religious, cultural and social figures in attendance.
It is the first military parade by the resistance group involving infantry, combat and support units.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Construction of mega petrochemical complex begins in southwestern Iran

Iran’s Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (PGPIC) has started the construction of a mega petrochemical complex in the Mahshahr region, southwestern Iran, Shana reported on Saturday.

The groundbreaking ceremony of the mentioned project was attended by senior petrochemical officials including the PGPIC Managing Director Jafar Rabiei, and the project’s managing director Mehdi Gharouni. Speaking at the ceremony, Rabiei noted that this complex is the biggest petrochemical complex in Mahshahr Petrochemical Special Economic Zone and when completed it will provide direct job opportunities for 5,000 people.

-- Iran warns U.S. diplomat over meddlesome remarks

After interfering remarks by Dorothy Shea, the U.S. ambassador in Beirut, the Iranian embassy criticized the U.S. diplomat for his intrusive remarks, warning that the arrival of Iranian fuel tankers does not need approval from U.S. authorities.

“Arrival of Iranian tankers in Beirut does not need worthless remarks of the U.S. ambassador. The U.S. ambassador should not interfere in the fraternal relations between the two countries and the two nations of Iran and Lebanon,” the embassy tweeted in response to the U.S. ambassador. 

-- Soleyman Prison: a conical peak with fascinating history

Soleyman Prison (“Zendan-e Soleyman” in Persian) is situated in a dramatic 97m conical peak that dominates the valley landscape for miles around in northwest Iran. Though there is no construction visible to modern sightseers, the cone was once enclosed by fortified walls and topped by a religious sanctuary that archaeologists suggest dated to 900 BC.

As an avid visitor, if you are reasonably fit, climbing to the crater’s edge should take less than 15 minutes. The path is muddy but obvious, zigzagging up from the nearby Takab road about 4km south of the main Takht-e Soleyman ruins.

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