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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on Dec 20
Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Monday, December 20, 2021:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Iran calls on France to revise anti-Muslim laws

A senior Iranian rights official called on France to revise laws targeting the Muslim minority across the European country after the French government ordered the closure of nearly two dozen more mosques in a fresh assault on freedom of religion.
Kazem Gharibabadi, the secretary-general of Iran’s Human Rights Office, made the call in a Saturday tweet, days after France’s Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin appeared on the French television LCI and said 21 mosques that showed signs of “extremism” had been closed in the country.

-- Int’l transportation expo opens in Tehran

The 5th International Exhibition of Transportation, Logistics and Related Industries kicked off in Tehran on Sunday in a ceremony attended by Roads and Urban Development Minister Rostam Qassemi.
Over 280 domestic and foreign companies including 40 startups, 22 new technology-based firms (NTBFs) as well as companies from Japan, China, Russia, Sweden, and France are participating in the exhibition, IRNA reported.
Holding press conferences and specialized meetings and conferences in the fields of rail, road, air, and maritime transportation is among the programs of the three-day expo.

-- 19th phase of archeological excavations underway in Shahr-e Sukhteh

The 19th phase of excavations is underway in Shahr-e Sukhteh (Burnt City), an ancient archaeological site located 60km from Zabol, the capital of the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan.
Dating back 5,000 years, Shahr-e Sukhteh was among the most important urban areas. The ancient site was registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2014.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- 21 Mosques Closed: Iran Urges France to Halt New Closures

A senior Iranian rights official has called on France to revise laws targeting the Muslim minority across the European country after the French government ordered the closure of nearly two dozen more mosques in a fresh assault on freedom of religion.
Kazem Gharibabadi, the secretary-general of Iran’s Human Rights Office, made the call in a Saturday tweet, days after France’s Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin appeared on the French television LCI and said 21 mosques that showed signs of “extremism” had been closed in the country.

-- Iran Karate Practitioners Claim Several Medals at Asian Championships

Iranian karate practitioners have won 8 different medals on the second day of the 19th edition of the Asian Karate Championships 2021 in Kazakhstan.
On the second day of the 19th edition of the Asian Karate Championships 2021 hosted by Kazakhstan, Iranian Karate practitioners bagged 3 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals for their country.

-- Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia Corridor to Launch in Days

Iran’s Ambassador to Baku Abbas Mousavi says a new transit corridor stretching from the Islamic Republic through the Azerbaijan Republic and Georgia to Europe will become operational this week.
After the revival of the ECO corridor through Pakistan, Iran and Turkey and pilot launch of the international north-south corridor through Finland, Russia, the Azerbaijan Republic, Iran, the Persian Gulf and India, this week we will witness the activation of the new corridor through Iran, the Azerbaijan Republic, Georgia, the Black Sea and Europe, Mousavi said in a tweet.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

--Iranian composers’ music to embellish Ensemble Musikfabrik’s Cologne concert 

Ensemble Musikfabrik, a leading Cologne-based German group for contemporary music, plans to perform pieces composed by Iranian composers during their upcoming concert.The concert entitled “Montagskonzert” will be held at Cologne’s KOMED im Mediapark on January 10, 2022, the ensemble has announced.

“Zagros” composed by Karen Keyhani for oud is one of the pieces, while “Neues Werk” composed by Sara Abazari for oud, flute, horn, percussion and violin is another.

-- Iran elected as vice president of ICID board

The board of directors of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) on their 72nd annual meeting on December 16 elected Iran’s Alireza Salamat as vice president for a three-year period, IRNA reported.

The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage is a leading scientific, technical, and professional not-for-profit international organization working in the field of irrigation, drainage, and flood management to promote and achieve sustainable agriculture water management. 

-- New clues about life discovered in Burnt City

A team of Iranian, Italian, and Serbian archaeologists has discovered new clues about life in mysterious Burnt City in southeast Iran. The archaeologists have unearthed novel traces of prehistorical settlements during the 19th archaeological season which is still underway at the UNESCO-registered Burnt city, ISNA reported on Saturday.  

Photos of the discoveries have been released by the headquarters of the World Heritage site, the report said without providing further detail.

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