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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on July 31

Tehran, IRNA – The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Sunday, July 31, 2022:


-- Sadr’s supporters storm Iraq’s parliament for second time in a week

Supporters of Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr penetrated Baghdad's heavily fortified "Green Zone" and occupied parliament on Saturday in a deepening political crisis.
It is the second time in days that Sadr supporters have forced their way in to the legislative chamber, months after elections that failed to lead to formation of a government, AFP reported.
Demonstrators waved Iraqi flags and pictures of the cleric inside the legislature, an AFP photographer said.
They entered after thousands of protesters had massed at the end of a bridge leading to the Green Zone before dozens tore down concrete barriers protecting it and ran inside, the photographer reported.

-- Minister says Tehran, Minsk working to boost trade to $1b

Iran’s Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Seyed Reza Fatemi Amin said negotiations have been held between Iran and Belarus to increase the value of annual trade from $40 million to $1 billion.
“We have negotiated on the trade volume of $1 billion. Right now the capacity of ties between the two sides is $40 million due to lack of good connections,” Fatemi Amin told Press TV.

-- Sara-ye Nasseri, an old caravanserai in heart of Zanjan Bazaar

The western province of Zanjan has several important cultural heritage sites, all of which have significant historical value.
Zanjan Grand Bazaar is an ancient monument which caresses the eyes of every viewer. Caravanserais are among the main parts of the old bazaars built in various parts of Iran. Sara-ye Nasseri, a caravanserai located in the heart of the bazaar is a famous historical tourist attraction. The ancient building, over 90 percent of which was renovated, has several parts including a museum, a reception area and several handicraft shops, chtn.ir reported.
The two-storey building, extending in an area of 3,000 square meters, has three entrances, two courtyards, a corridor and 57 rooms.


-- Iranian Made World Cup Carpet on Way to Qatar

The special carpet of World Cup Qatar 2022, which is one of the main symbols of the biggest sports event in Qatar in 2022, has been unveiled and made its way to the country.
According to Iran press, in the design of this exquisite Iranian carpet, images of balls from all rounds of the World Cup Qatar 2022, the top figures of world’s football, the flags of the teams participating in the 2022 World Cup and information about Qatar, the host of these competitions, have been pictured.

-- MP: Russia, Iran Could Take Initiative in Global Oil Market

The signing of a cooperation agreement between the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Iran as two big energy producers can pave the way for both nations to take initiative in the global oil market, an Iranian legislator said.
Mahmoud Abbaszadeh Meshkini said on Saturday that Russia and Iran are important hubs in producing oil and gas in the world in a situation where all states are in dire need of energy resources; therefore, signing of a memorandum of understanding between Moscow and Tehran on collaborations on oil and gas can affect developments in the region.

-- Iran’s Wrestler Becomes Finalist in World U17 Freestyle

Freestyle 80kg wrestler Reza Soleimanian of the national Iranian U17 wrestling team has become finalist of the 2022 Italy World Freestyle Championship. The first five weights of the U17 freestyle matches were held in Italy on Friday.
At the end of the preliminary round, Iran’s Reza Soleimanian in 80kg weight beat all his competitors to reach the final. Muhammad Reza Lotfi in 110 kg weight reached the semi-final, and Arsha Haddadi and Muhamad Mehdi Mimvand in 48 and 65kg weights, respectively lost their matches.


-- IRGC holds 9th intelligence drill

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has held its ninth intelligence drill, Fars news agency reported. The exercise was held in the provinces of West Azarbaijan, Kurdistan, Markazi, Lorestan and Zanjan.

“The main goal of the exercise was to increase the level of preparedness of the intelligence and security apparatuses, as well as eliminating the existing deficiencies, increasing the progress to deal with the enemy's intelligence services and improve the level of intelligence readiness,” IRGC chief Major General Hossein Salami said on the sidelines of the extensive intelligence exercise in western provinces.

-- Film museum launches lineup of movies on Muharram rituals, Ashura tragedy 

The Film Museum of Iran kicked off a program on Saturday presenting movies on Muharram mourning rituals and the tragedy of Ashura.

Ten movies have been chosen to be screened in the first ten days of the lunar month of Muharram, during which Shia Muslims commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS) and his companions who were killed in 680 CE in Karbala in the course of their valiant stand against the injustices of the oppressive Umayyad dynasty.

-- Bust of Hungarian poet unveiled at Hafez mausoleum

On Friday, a bust of Hungarian poet Mihály Csokonai Vitéz (1773-1805) was unveiled during a special ceremony at Hafezieh in Shiraz, where the illustrious Persian poet Hafez is laid to rest.

Hungary’s Ambassador to Iran Zoltan Varga-Haszonits, Fars province’s tourism chief Seyyed Mohsen Moayyednejad, and several diplomats and cultural officials attended the ceremony, CHTN reported on Saturday.

Hungary and Iran have had a long history of cultural relations for nearly two centuries, and this ceremony signifies the continuing relationship between these two countries, the Hungarian ambassador said.


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