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Victims of 1988 Mass Murders in Iran Remembered in Play by Niloofar Beyzaie

By Azadeh Karimi The latest work by the Iranian playwright and theater director Niloofar Beyzaie (1967-)...

Musicians Shajarian, Pournazeri to Perform Together in Turkey

Iranian singer, songwriter and Tombak player Homayoun Shajarian will appear for the first time in...

Composing the Track for “1979 Revolution”: Interview with Nima Fakhrara

By Fred Parvaneh Los Angeles resident Nima Fakhrara is one of three Iranian score composers in...

Ashkan Layegh Becomes First Iranian to Win Royal Academy of Music Scholarship

Ashkan Layegh, a 20-year-old musical prodigy, has won a full scholarship to study piano and...

British-Iranian R&B Artist Farrah Releases Hot Debut Track: Interview

By Natasha Phillips  British-Iranian singer Farrah Shekarchi-Khanghahi is making waves in the U.K. with her debut...

Iranian Theater Manager, Director Detained After Release of Play Teaser

Saeed Asadi, the manager of the City Theater of Tehran, and Maryam Kazemi, the director...

Iran’s National Orchestra Gets Its First Female Conductor: Nezhat Amiri

Nezhat Amiri has been appointed as the first female conductor of Iran’s national orchestra. She...

Composer Mehdi Rajabian Releases Peace Album with 12 Mideastern Players

The Iranian composer Mehdi Rajabian (1989-) and 12 musicians from neighboring countries have released an...

Teaching Tar and Setar on YouTube: Interview with Sahba Motallebi

By Firouzeh Ramezanzadeh Sahba Motallebi is an Iranian musician, songwriter and player of tar and setar...

Iranian Pianist Arash Rokni Wins Second Place in Bach Competition

Iranian musician Arash Rokni has won the second prize in the piano section of the...

‘Boarding School Girls’ Co-Author Ferdows Remembers Childhood Away from Home

By Fred Parvaneh Roya Movahedi Ferdows and Soosan Daghighi were born in Iran and sent to different boarding schools in Britain at the age of...

Iran-Saudi Rivalry: How Far Does It Go? Interview with Author Simon Mabon

Simon Mabon is a lecturer in international relations at Lancaster University in the U.K. His book "Saudi Arabia and Iran: Soft Power Rivalry in...

Abbas Amanat’s Engaging History of Iran: Book Review

By Ariane Moshiri Abbas Amanat's "Iran: A Modern History" is the culmination of decades of patient and careful scholarship. For those who may be intimidated by...

Sixteen-Year-Old Underachiever is Hero of Arvin Ahmadi’s Debut Novel

By Fred Parvaneh “Down and Across,” published by Penguin Random House, is the debut novel by Iranian-American Arvin Ahmadi: a coming-of-age story of grit and...

A Memoir of Iran: Interview with Cyrus Kadivar

By Tara Biglari "Farewell Shiraz" is the title of a new memoir by the Iranian author Cyrus Kadivar, which details how the 1979 Iranian Revolution...

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Soccer-Iran Lets Hundreds of Women Attend Asian Champions League Final

DUBAI, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Iran allowed hundreds of local women to attend the Asian Champions League final in Tehran on Saturday, Iranian news agencies reported, in a possible step towards ending their decades-old exclusion from top soccer matches in the country. The semi-official news agency Tasnim said...

Soccer-Ivankovic Seeks Final Boost from Persepolis’ 12th Man

By Michael Church HONG KONG, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Branko Ivankovic is banking on the influence of a sold-out Azadi Stadium to help his Persepolis side overcome a 2-0 first leg deficit when the Iranians host Japan's Kashima Antlers in the second leg of the...

FIFA to Engage with Iran to Lift Ban on Women in Stadiums

By Heba Kanso BEIRUT, Nov 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - World football's governing body FIFA said on Thursday it would work with Iran to end a long-running ban on women attending matches but offered no insight on when to expect the breakthrough. FIFA Secretary General Fatma...

Persepolis Football Club Reaches Asian Games Final

Kayhan London - The Iranian football club Persepolis has reached the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Championship League final after a 1-1 draw with Qatari Al-Sadd in the second leg of the West Asia semi-final match on October 23. With an overall score of...

Soccer-Nemati Seals Persepolis’ Passage to ACL Final

By Michael Church HONG KONG, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Iran's Persepolis reached the final of the Asian Champions League for the first time after drawing 1-1 with Qatar's Al Sadd on Tuesday to seal a 2-1 aggregate semi-final win. At a packed out Azadi Stadium, Siamak...

Iran Women’s Wrestling Team Wins First Place at Beirut Games

September 24, 2018 In its first international appearance, the Iranian women’s wrestling team topped the medal table with two golds and two bronzes at the Women Classic Wrestling Tournament held on September 22 and 23 in Beirut, Lebanon. Women wrestlers from Iran, Armenia, Syria, Georgia, Egypt,...

U.S. Targets Iran-Russia Network over Oil Sent to Syria

By Arshad Mohammed and Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, Nov 21 (Reuters) - The United States has moved to disrupt an Iranian-Russian network that sent millions of barrels...

ANALYSIS: Iran’s Money Laundering Problem

By Ahmad Rafat In a recent interview with the Khabar Online news agency, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has indicated that some influential people...

Iran’s Judiciary Extends Charges Against Jailed Environmentalists

Kayhan London, November 11: The charges against four of the eight environmentalist members of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF), some of whom have been...

U.S. Targets Iran-Russia Network over Oil Sent to Syria

By Arshad Mohammed and Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, Nov 21 (Reuters) - The United States has moved to disrupt an Iranian-Russian network that sent millions of barrels...

Trump Statement on Saudi Role in Khashoggi Case “Shameful” – Iran

GENEVA, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday it was "shameful" that U.S. President Donald Trump had pledged support...

UK’s Hunt Lands in Iran to Discuss Nuclear Deal, Bilateral Issues...

DUBAI/LONDON, Nov 19 (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt arrived in Tehran on Monday for the first time since taking office to hold...

Britain to Push U.N. Security Council to Back Humanitarian Truce in...

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Britain said on Friday it will push the United Nations Security Council to back a humanitarian...

Iraq to Exchange Food for Iranian Gas, Seeks U.S. Approval –...

BAGHDAD, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Iraq has agreed with Iran to exchange Iraqi food items for Iranian gas and energy supplies, two Iraqi government...

Iran’s President: U.S. Chose Wrong Path on Sanctions, Will Be Defeated

GENEVA, Nov 14 (Reuters) - The United States has chosen the wrong path in reimposing sanctions on Iran and will be defeated, Iranian President...

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By Ahmad Rafat In a recent interview with the Khabar Online news agency, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has indicated that some influential people in Iran have benefited from money-laundering schemes. His comments have caused a political storm. Mr. Zarif said: “The Foreign Ministry’s entire budget is $262 million. Some groups have greater financial resources than the ministry. They can...
By Ahmad Rafat November 12: More than 70 world leaders and senior government officials were in France last week for the Armistice ceremonies held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on November 11 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. WWI was one of the deadliest and...
By Mehrdad Khonsari The introduction of the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Iran has for the time being played into the hands of the Iranian Supreme Leader and his followers who see the protection and extension of their dominant status in Iranian politics being contingent to a policy of continued hostility towards the US and some of its key...
By Saba Farzan, Dena Ziari, Amir Etemadi and Damon Golriz Nov 11 - The principal reason European officials think the financial ties they have forged will change the behavior of the Islamic Republic of Iran derives from a narrative that thinks helping a stable but dictatorial state is better than hearing the voice of millions of Iranians calling for structural...