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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on April 24
Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Sunday, April 24, 2022:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Iran voices concern over escalation of violence in Afghanistan

Iran’s Foreign Ministry denounced a terrorist attack targeting a mosque in Kunduz, Afghanistan, voicing concern over the escalation of violence in the neighboring country.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh on Friday pointed to a series of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan over the past days and described the escalation of violence as a source of deep concern, Tasnim News Agency reported.
“The attack on the Sunni mosque in Kunduz Province, which followed an (Thursday’s) attack on a Shia mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif, clearly shows the evil goals of the terrorists serving as mercenaries for foreigners, who are seeking to create a civil war in Afghanistan,” he added, according to the Foreign Ministry’s website.

-- Tehran-Beijing Q1 non-oil trade up 18%

The non-oil trade between Iran and China reached $3.85 billion in the first three months of 2022 to register an 18 percent rise year on year, according to the data released by China’s General Administration of Customs.
The value of trade between the two countries in January-March 2021 stood at $3.25 billion, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Based on the data, China’s imports from Iran in the first quarter of 2022 grew by 30 percent compared to the previous year and reached $1.93 billion. China had imported $1.48 billion worth of goods from Iran in the first three months 2021.
China’s exports to Iran in January-March 2022 also increased by eight percent to reach $1.92 billion from $1.77 billion in the previous year’s same period.

-- UNESCO’s Hawraman registration contributes to sustainable tourism development

The registration of the Cultural Landscape of Hawraman/Uramanat, located in the heart of the Zagros Mountains in the provinces of Kurdestan and Kermanshah, on the UNESCO list signifies the important role played by the region in the development of Iran’s tourism sector.
Proper management would help generate jobs in the region and allow the local economy to grow further.
The Cultural Landscape of Hawraman was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as the 26th tangible cultural heritage of Iran at the 44th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee on July 27, 2021.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Iranian FM: U.S. Should Rectify Past Mistakes

Iran’s foreign minister has stressed the need for the U.S. to abandon its excessive demands in the talks aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, saying the current U.S. administration should have the courage to correct its predecessor’s mistakes. “The United States’ current administration should have the audacity to rectify the White House’s past mistakes,” Hussein Amirabdollahian told EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrel during a phone call on Friday. “The White House should abandon its excessive demands and its indecision and walk down the path of realism and resolution” of remaining issues, he added.

-- Iran Urges Action to Stop Zionist Aggression

Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations has denounced deadly raids by Israeli forces against Palestinians in and around the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, urging immediate action to halt the aggression.
Majid Takht-Ravanchi made the remarks during a meeting of UN ambassadors from Muslim countries, in the presence of UN Secretary-General António Guterres. He demanded urgent action by the international community, especially the UN, in support of the Palestinian nation and an end to occupation and aggression by the Zionist regime.

-- Inflation Rate Drops Below 40% in Iran

The Statistical Center of Iran (SCI) has reported that a first annual inflation rate of below 40% in 12 months as authorities insist policies adopted by an administration that came to office last year has helped tame price rises in the country.
The Statistical Center of Iran (SCI) said in a Thursday report that consumer prices index (CPI) had dropped one percentage point over the month to April 20 to stand at 39.2%.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Iranian freestylers take three gold in Asian C’ships

Iranian freestyle wrestlers claimed three gold medals in the 2022 Asian Wrestling Championships on Saturday. Rahman Amouzad Khalili defeated Indian Bajrang Bajrang 3-1 in the final match of 65kg.

In the 79kg weight class, Ali Savadkouhi defeated Baliyan Gourav from India 9-9 and won Iran’s second gold medal. Mohammadhossein Askari Mohammadian defeated Mongolian Batzul Ulziisaikhan 11-0 in the final match of the 97kg. The 2022 Asian Wrestling Championships are the 35th edition of Asian Wrestling Championships of combined events, and take place from April 19 to 24 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

-- Iranian theaters liven up Id al-Fitr celebration with new films 

Iran has provided theaters with new films to enliven Id al-Fitr, the celebration marking the end of the month of Ramadan. Starring Reza Attaran, Mehdi Hashemi and Ahmad Mehranfar, the comedy drama “Solitary” is one of the films hitting the Iranian silver screens late this week a few days before the Islamic celebration.

The dramas “Bone Marrow” directed by Hamidreza Qorbani and “La Minor” by Dariush Mehrjui are other films selected to be screened at Iranian theaters.

-- Iftar at Imam Reza shrine: a 332-year tradition

Historical documents indicate that the oldest known Iftar meal was served at the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) 332 years ago, which is 1111 AH. 

During Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, believers abstain from food and drink during daylight hours, and break their fast with the Iftar evening meals which vary from simple plates of bread, dates, cheese, and tea to heavy ones.

There is evidence indicating various ceremonies held at the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) during the Safavid, Afsharid, and Qajar eras in honor of different religious occasions, such as Ramadan, a local official has said. 

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