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Making History: Andy Madadian Gets Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame

By Fred Parvaneh On January 17th, the singer and actor Andy Madadian -- nicknamed "the Persian...

Iran Continues to Ban Actors Who Were Famous Before the Revolution

By Azadeh Karimi  The chairman of the Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) has turned down Mohsen...

Iranian Film and Theater Actress Shahla Riahi Dies Aged 92

By Azadeh Karimi   Shahla Riahi, the renowned film and stage actress and Iran’s first female director,...

Googoosh Pays Tribute to Dead Iranian Protesters In Sold-Out Paris Mega-Concert

By Nazanine Nouri Googoosh took Paris by storm with a sold-out concert at the 3,700-seat Palais...

Iranian Stage Directors Face Difficulty Adapting Persian Works, Playwright Says 

By Azadeh Karimi There are fewer restrictions on Iranian authors living in the Islamic Republic to...

Iran’s Ministry of Culture Stops Release of Album Containing Rumi Poem

By Azadeh Karimi The poetry committee of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance’s Office for...

Oscars Selection Process Criticized by Iran’s Filmmakers

By Azadeh Karimi The Farabi Cinema Foundation (FCF), which promotes the Islamic Republic’s film industry abroad,...

Iran Has Banned 52 Women Musicians from Performing Since January 

The Iranian authorities have banned the cellist Elmira Nematzadeh and the daf player Negar Ezazi,...

Iranian Singer Alireza Ghorbani’s Concert Is Canceled for Security Reasons

The Iranian authorities have canceled a Tehran concert by the singer-songwriter Alireza Ghorbani earlier this...

Iranian Actor Mohsen Afshani Arrested for Posting Provocative Video on Social Media

Police have arrested the Iranian actor and TV presenter Mohsen Afshani after he posted a...

Iran Revokes Publication Permit for Turkish Author Elif Shafak’s Novel

By Azadeh Karimi Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has revoked the publication permit for a novel by the award-wining Turkish-British author Elif Shafak,...

BOOK REVIEW: The Lasting Legacy of Shapour Bakhtiar, Iran’s Late Prime Minister

By Ahmad Rafat   “The Lasting Legacy of Shapour Bakhtiar,” by Dr. Ebrahim Biparva, is a collection of articles written by various people about Shapour Bakhtiar...

How Cholera Transformed Iran: Interview with Author Amir Afkhami

      Few diseases have killed so many and so randomly throughout history as has cholera. While mostly –though not entirely -- dealt with throughout the...

Sotheby’s Senior Director Roxane Zand Co-Authors Book on Geometry and Art in Mideast

By Cyrus Naji The British Museum in London recently hosted the launch of “Geometry and Art in the Modern Middle East,” an exploration of the...

Iranian Revolution Was Major Milestone in World History, German Author Writes

By Javad Talei In his latest book titled “Turning Point 1979: How Today’s World Began,” Frank Bosch, a professor of contemporary European history at the...

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Iran’s Taekwondo Medalist Alizadeh Might Enter 2020 Olympics Under a Different Flag 

By Reza Hamidi Iran's only female Olympic medalist Kimia Alizadeh, who recently moved to Germany, could compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics either as a member of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team (EOR) or as a permanent resident or naturalized citizen of another country if...

Iranian Clubs Agree to Neutral Venue for Champions League Matches – AFC

Jan 23 (Reuters) - Iranian clubs Esteghlal and Shahr Khodro have agreed to play the home legs of their Asian Champions League preliminary round ties at neutral venues, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Thursday, averting reported threats of a boycott. Shahr Khodro were scheduled...

Iran’s Only Female Olympic Medallist Moving to Germany – Coach

AMSTERDAM, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Iran's only female Olympic medallist Kimia Alizadeh, who has said she had left her homeland because she had had enough of being used as a propaganda tool, is moving to Germany, her Dutch coach said. https://kayhanlife.com/news/kayhan/kayhan-lifes-nazenin-ansari-speaks-to-the-bbc-about-olympic-medalist-kimia-alizadeh-and-her-decision-to-defect/ Alizadeh, who won taekwondo bronze at...

Soccer-Iran Gives FIFA Commitment on Women’s Access to Matches – Source

By Simon Evans DOHA, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Iran's Football Federation has given world governing body FIFA a written commitment that women will be allowed to attend matches in the domestic club league, a source with knowledge of the discussions said on Friday. In October, Iranian women watched...

World Wrestling Body Postpones Greco-Roman Cup in Iran Citing Security Concerns

By Hamed Mohammadi The United World Wrestling (UWW), formerly known as the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA), postponed the 2019 Greco-Roman World Cup initially scheduled for November 28 and 29 in Tehran amid concerns for the safety and security of the wrestling teams...

Belgian Manager of Iranian National Football Team Could Resign Over Unpaid Salary

By Hamed Mohammadi   Economic sanctions targeting the Iranian banking system have made it difficult for the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) to pay the salary of Marc Wilmots, the Belgian manager of the Iranian national football team, according to Seyyed Mehdi...

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Vast Areas of Iran’s Caspian Hyrcanian Mixed Forests Destroyed by Fire

By Azadeh Karimi Since early February, warm winds have fueled at least 62 wildfires that have burned 130 hectares of the Caspian Hyrcanian Mixed Forests...

Thousands of Migratory Birds Dying of Bacterial Infection in Iran Wetlands,...

By Azadeh Karimi Thousands of migratory birds have died of apparent bacterial infection in the Miankaleh Wildlife Sanctuary and Wetland, in the northern provinces of...

Flash Floods in Southeastern Iran Destroy Homes, Displace Thousands  

By Azadeh Karimi Torrential rains earlier this month have led to flash floods that have devastated vast areas of Sistan and Baluchestan, destroying villages, leaving...

Tehran Ranks Among World’s Most Polluted Cities

By Azadeh Karimi   Tehran Air Quality Control Company’s real-time air quality index (AQI) ranked Tehran the sixth most polluted city in the world on November...

Iranian Official Criticizes Release of Trophy Hunting Video on Social Media

By Azadeh Karimi   Kiumars Kalantari, the deputy director of the Department of Environment’s Office for Wildlife and Biodiversity, has condemned the publication of footage on...

Iranians Should Drive Less to Reduce Pollution, Expert Says

By Azadeh Karimi   While current air quality regulations and emission standards are much more stringent than 20 years ago, there has been a concerted effort...
BAGHDAD, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Rockets hit a U.S.-led military coalition's Baghdad headquarters early on Sunday but caused no casualties, a coalition spokesman said, in the latest attack to target U.S. facilities in Iraq. Washington has blamed Iran-backed paramilitary groups...
DUBAI, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement accused the Saudi-led coalition of carrying out retaliatory air strikes on Saturday that killed at least 30 people including civilians, in the latest flare-up of a five-year war. The United Nations...
WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy warship seized weapons believed to be of Iranian "design and manufacture," including 150 anti-tank guided missiles and three Iranian surface-to-air missiles, the American military said on Thursday. In a statement, the military said the...
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Thursday to limit President Donald Trump's ability to wage war against Iran, rebuking him weeks after a strike against an Iranian military commander and Tehran's retaliation raised fears...
By Natasha Phillips The Iranian government’s statement that it made a mistake in shooting down a Ukrainian commercial jet which killed all 176 passengers last month would not be a valid legal defense in the $1.1 billion suit launched against...
By Reza Hamidi The Governor of the Islamic Republic of Iran Central Bank Abdolnaser Hemmati has said that ratifying or rejecting the two remaining articles of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will not impact the foreign exchange market (or...
By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK, Feb 13 (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Thursday accused Huawei of stealing trade secrets and helping Iran track protesters in its latest indictment against the Chinese company, escalating the U.S. battle with the world's largest telecommunications equipment...
By Azadeh Karimi A recent survey conducted among a group of 59 female news reporters by the Tehran-based monthly magazine Communication Management (magiran) has shown that 90 percent of them experienced some types of sexual harassment at least once in...
By Roshanak Astaraki Several prominent economists are warning that the government’s 2020-21 budget will not meet its revenue projections or cover its fiscal spending. Former Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Heidar Mostakhdemin Hosseini is pessimistic about the government’s ability...
By Roshanak Astaraki A group of 24 economists have written an open letter to President Hassan Rouhani listing 10 steps that his government can take to solve the country’s economic problems, the semi-official Fars news agency has reported. “Many experts believe...
By Roshanak Astaraki The Iranian tourism industry has suffered significant financial losses after European airlines suspended all flights to the country in the aftermath of the crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane near Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport on Jan....
By Azadeh Karimi   Hojatoleslam Ali Asghar Fazilat, the head of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance’s office for the northern province of Semnan, has banned all public concerts during the 40-day mourning period for Brigadier General Ghasem Soleimani, the...