News ID: 137122
Published: 0749 GMT February 21, 2016

Iran may replace A380 Airbus with A350

Iran may replace A380 Airbus with A350


Iran may replace A380 airplanes with A350 if the necessary infrastructure will not be  ready for using the super-jets in its airports, the head of the country’s national flag carrier said on Sunday.

Iran Air Chairman Farhad Parvaresh added that Tehran will replace A380 jets with other models of Airbus such as A350 in case of cancelation of the terms of preliminary agreement, ISNA reported.

He noted that the A380 deal has not been finalized yet.

According to a deal singed in January 28, Europe's Airbus will deliver over 100 passenger planes to the Islamic Republic within four years.

The deal includes A320, A330, A350 and A380 passenger jets. 

An Airbus A350 wide-body passenger jet made a symbolic first landing in Iran on Saturday.


Iran to tighten border security during elections

Iran’s police said on Sunday that they will tighten control on the borders ahead of the upcoming elections.

Iran’s Border Police Commander General Qassem Rezaee said that border guards have increased their activities to provide better security in areas bordering neighbors, Tasnim News Agency reported.

“A special headquarters, dubbed Meqdad, was established in the Border Police Command and Control Center on February 20 to constantly monitor the borders until the election process ends,” he added.

Iran is set to hold the elections of the Parliament and the Assembly of Experts simultaneously on Friday.


Two abducted Iranians released in Afghanistan


Two abducted Iranian truck drivers have been released in western Herat Province of Afghanistan, a provincial police spokesman said on Sunday.

Abdolrauf Ahmadi told IRNA that the two drivers were in custody of a kidnapper for around three months.

He added that police arrested a suspect who confessed to his role in the abduction of the Iranians in Kohsan district.

Afghanistan's Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah said on Friday that Kabul has taken measures to provide security to roads and prevent the kidnapping problem in western Afghanistan.


5,000 behind bars over unintentional financial offenses


An Iranian judicial official said on Sunday that over 5,000 people are behind bars over unintentional financial offenses.

According to IRNA, Seyyed Asadollah Joulaei, the head of Diyyeh (Blood Money) Headquarters, said that the prisoners include businessmen and contractors convicted due to “sanctions and financial challenges”.

He added that the headquarters has released around 750 people, who were behind the bars because of finance-related violations, through the donations of people.

Joulaei also said that there are 1,200 prisoners convicted over fatal car accidents.


Iran capable of handling threats via soft power


The dead of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization said on Sunday that the country is capable of dealing with any kind of threat through its “rising soft power”.

According to Tasnim News Agency, Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali also described Iran as “a big regional power”.

“Iran is now capable of responding to any threat in the country or the region with its soft power alone,” he added.

He added that the country’s soft power is based on the trust between the Iranian people and the country’s leadership.

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