Reuters: These are some of the leading stories in Iranian newspapers on Thursday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. TEHRAN, Nov 19 (Reuters) – These are some of the leading stories in Iranian newspapers on Thursday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
– The all-share index on the Tehran Stock Exchange closed at 12,176 points on Wednesday, down from last week's close of 12,381 points.
– The U.S. dollar traded at 9,950 rials on Wednesday on the open market.
– "The Bushehr nuclear power plant will be operational in the next months," lawmaker Kazem Jalali quoted Vice-president Ali Akbar Salehi as telling parliamentarians.
– "The West is using the human rights issue as a pressuring tool rather than practically respecting the rights," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said.
– The government accepted the outlines of a parliament's proposal on establishing the "Subsidy Targeting Organisation" to spend money saved from cutting food and energy subsidies.
– President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is set to appoint the fourth woman in his cabinet, Fatemeh Badaqi, as the president's deputy in legal affairs.
– "Turkey seeks for a licence to export Iran's gas to other countries via Nabucco gas pipeline," said the spokesman of the parliament's energy committee, Moayed Hosseini.
– Former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani criticised the U.S. move to seize an Iran-linked New York City skyscraper and said: "America's behaviour is in contrary to the slogan of change."
– First Vice-president Mohammadreza Rahimi will arrive in Kabul on Thursday to attend in the swearing-in ceremony for the re-elected Afghan President Hamid Karzai.