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The Groundbreaking Modesty of Vali-e-Asr Mosque in Tehran

Centrally located in the Iranian capital Tehran, the Vali-e-Asr Mosque’s most distinguishing aspect is the fact that it does not look like a mosque. Designed by Iranian architects Reza Daneshmir and Catherine Spiridonoff of Fluid Motion Architects, the building eschews the stereotypical typology of large domes and tall minarets in favour of a modest horizontality thereby making the mosque...
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With an eye on Iran, U.S. clinches strategic port deal with Oman

The U.S. embassy in Oman said in a statement that the agreement governed U.S. access to facilities and ports in Duqm as well as in Salalah and "reaffirms the commitment of both countries to promoting mutual security goals." The accord is viewed through an economic prism by Oman, which wants to develop Duqm while preserving its Switzerland-like neutral role in Middle Eastern politics and diplomacy. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the deal was significant by improving a...
Tags: Science, Iran, Switzerland, Oman, Tehran, Gulf, Strait Of Hormuz, Salalah, Duqm


Celebrating the Persian New Year in Mumbai

Every year in the third week of March, Manijeh Irani, 64, makes a tour of the markets of her adopted city, Mumbai—grocery stores, stalls of fresh and dried fruit, sweet shops, even an aquarium—for goods to adorn her festive table for Nowruz, the Persian New Year. Article by Chandrahas Choudhury | Wall Street Journal Nowruz (”new day”) is pegged to the Northern Hemisphere’s vernal equinox and symbolizes the upswing of the forces of light and life after the dark cold days of winter; it is one of h...
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Rouhani says #Iran will file legal case against U.S. for sanctions | Reuters

Rouhani says Iran will file legal case against U.S. for sanctions | Reuters:Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that the government would file a legal case in Iran against U.S. officials who imposed sanctions on the country as a precursor to action in international courts.Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television that U.S. sanctions had created difficulties including a weaker rial currency that has fed into higher inflation.The United States reimposed sanctions on T...
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Iran demands U.S. leave Syria, Damascus threatens its ally

Iran and Syria on Monday demanded the United States withdraw its troops from Syria, and the Damascus government threatened to defeat Washington's Kurdish allies by force if they did not submit to the return of state authority. The Iranian and Syrian military chiefs were speaking after a meeting in Damascus that also included their Iraqi counterpart, who gave a political boost to President Bashar al-Assad and Tehran by announcing the Syrian border would soon be reopened.
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Iran’s President Urges Iranians To ‘Put Curse’ On US For Its Plan To ‘Dominate’

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president on Monday urged Iranians to put a curse on the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, reiterating his long-standing charge that the U.S. and its allies are responsible for the country’s ailing economy. President Hassan Rouhani’s remarks were meant to deflect criticism of his administration’s performance amid a spiraling economy after President Donald Trump last year pulled America out of the nuclear deal and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran, targeting Iran’s...
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Syrian, Iranian, Iraqi military chiefs to meet in Damascus: paper

The military chiefs of staff of Syria, Iran and Iraq will hold a rare meeting in Damascus to discuss "ways to combat terrorism", the pro-Syrian government al-Watan daily reported on Monday. Iran has been one of the most steadfast supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during eight years of civil war, and is also a close ally of Iraq. The United States has said it wants to limit what it calls Tehran's destabilizing influence in the Middle East, including in Iraq and Syria.
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Exclusive: U.S. aims to cut Iran oil exports to under 1 million bpd from May - sources

The United States aims to cut Iran's crude exports by about 20 percent to below 1 million barrels per day (bpd) from May by requiring importing countries to reduce purchases to avoid U.S. sanctions, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. U.S. President Donald Trump eventually aims to halt Iranian oil exports and thereby choke off Tehran's main source of revenue. Washington is pressuring Iran to curtail its nuclear program and stop backing militant proxies across the Middle East.
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Iran's oil tanker fleet being squeezed as sanctions bite

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is running short of options to replace its aging fleet of tankers and keep oil exports flowing because renewed U.S. sanctions are making potential sellers and flag registries wary of doing business with Tehran, Western and Iranian sources said. Since U.S. President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions in November, exploratory talks with South Korea for up to 10 new supertankers have stalled and Panama has also removed at least 21 Iranian tankers from its registry forci...
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Iran's oil tanker fleet being squeezed as sanctions bite

Iran is running short of options to replace its ageing fleet of tankers and keep oil exports flowing because renewed U.S. sanctions are making potential sellers and flag registries wary of doing business with Tehran, Western and Iranian sources said.
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Iran hunts for more ships to keep its oil flowing

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is discreetly scouring the globe for second-hand oil tankers to replace its ageing fleet and keep crucial crude exports flowing as U.S. sanctions start to bite, Iranian and Western sources said. Since U.S. President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions in November, exploratory talks with South Korea for up to 10 new supertankers have stalled, Panama has removed at least 21 Iranian tankers from its registry and Tehran is now looking for extra vessels in places such as V...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Science, London, Washington, Iran, Vietnam, Tehran, Donald Trump, Panama, China India, DUBAI Reuters Iran


#Iran's Rouhani signs trade pacts in Iraq to help offset US sanctions | Reuters

Iran's Rouhani signs trade pacts in Iraq to help offset US sanctions | Reuters:Iraq and Iran signed several preliminary trade deals on Monday, Iraqi officials said, as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani began his first visit seeking to bolster Tehran’s influence and expand commercial ties to help offset renewed U.S. sanctions.The deals, among them a plan to build a railway linking the neighbors, emerged soon after the start of Rouhani’s visit, meant to underline that Tehran still plays a dominant ...
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Iran's Rouhani signs trade pacts in Iraq to help offset US sanctions

The deals, among them a plan to build a railway linking the neighbors, emerged soon after the start of Rouhani's visit, meant to underline that Tehran still plays a dominant role in Iraq despite U.S. efforts to isolate the Islamic Republic. Iran and Iraq fought a devastating 1980-88 war but the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that ousted Saddam Hussein prompted a long Sunni Islamist insurgency during which Iran's regional sway rose at the expense of the United States. Rouhani and Iraqi Prime Mi...
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Iran's Rouhani seeks to boost ties on first visit to Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was in Baghdad on Monday, making his first official visit to the nation that Tehran once fought a bloody war against and later backed in the battle with the Islamic State group.
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Iran Tries to Expand Business in Iraq to Blunt U.S. Sanctions

Tehran has worked hard to deepen its political influence. Now, a visit by the Iranian president highlights efforts to strengthen economic ties.
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Iraqi TV: Iran’s president arrives in Baghdad on 3-day visit

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi television says Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has arrived in Iraq, making his first official visit to the neighboring nation that Tehran once fought a bloody war against and later backed in the battle with the Islamic State group. Rouhani landed in Baghdad on Monday. He is scheduled to meet with both […]
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Iran’s Rouhani seeks to boost ties on first visit to Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Baghdad on Monday, making his first official visit to the nation that Tehran once fought a bloody war against and later backed in the battle with the Islamic State group. Since Rouhani’s election in 2013, Iraq has relied on Iranian paramilitary support to fight IS, following […]
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Iran's Rouhani begins official visit to Iraq, hopes for better trade ties

Shi'ite Iran is determined to strengthen its brotherly ties with neighboring Iraq, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday before his "historic" first visit to the country, state television said on Monday. The visit is a strong message to the United States and its regional allies that Iran still dominates Baghdad, a key arena for rising tension between Washington and Tehran. "We are very much interested to expand our ties with Iraq, particularly our transport cooperation," Rouhani said...
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Iran's Zarif in Iraq ahead of president's visit

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in Baghdad to prepare the ground for his country's president, Hassan Rouhani, who will begin his first official visit to Iraq on Monday. Baghdad has been under pressure from Washington to limit ties with its neighbour, particularly after the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and hit Tehran with sanctions. Speaking in a joint press conference with Iraq's top diplomat Mohammed Ali al-Hakim, Zarif said Sunday they had held "...
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Rouhani seeks to shore up Iran's influence on Baghdad trip

The first Iranian presidential visit to Iraq since 2013 is also meant to signal to President Donald Trump's administration that Tehran retains its influence in much of the region despite U.S. sanctions. "Iran and Iraq are neighbors and no country can interfere in their relations," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said after arriving in Baghdad to prepare for the visit. Rouhani's three-day trip starting on Monday includes meetings with Iraq's president and prime minister, tours of Shi'ite ...
Tags: Science, Iraq, Iran, Tehran, Donald Trump, Baghdad, Rouhani, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Shi, Grand Ayatollah Ali


Iran demands Pakistan acts 'decisively against terrorists'

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has demanded Pakistan act "decisively against anti-Iranian terrorists" in a phone call with the country's premier, Tehran said, a month after a bloody attack on security forces. Iran says a Pakistani suicide bomber was behind the February 13 attack that killed 27 Revolutionary Guards in its volatile southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan. A Sunni jihadist group, Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice), which Tehran says operates mostly out of bases in neighbouring P...
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Jeremy Hunt says Britain will give 'diplomatic protection' to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Foreign Secretary said Tehran's actions had been 'totally wrong' [Author: Victoria Jones]
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Foreign Office grants Zaghari-Ratcliffe diplomatic protection

Jeremy Hunt raises British-Iranian’s case to state dispute, meaning injury to her is now injury to UKThe Foreign Office (FCO) has escalated its conflict with Iran over the imprisonment of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe by granting her diplomatic protection, a step that raises her case from a consular matter to the level of a dispute between the two states.The move, likely to lead to increased tensions between the two countries, came after the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, judged Tehran was not meet...
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Trump Admin Puts MEK On Table For New Iran Leadership

The U.S. government no longer rules out a bizarre, cultish Iranian exile group as an option for taking power in Tehran, Al-Monitor reported Wednesday. Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) is a group known partly for its former designation as a terrorist group, partly for its innovative mixture of socialism and fundamentalist Islam, and partly for its willingness to throw money around Washington. Two key Trump allies have ties to MEK or have supported the group in the past None other than Trump attorney Ru...
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Artists Accuse Tehran Museum Of Selling Their Work Without Permission

A growing number of artists claim that their works in the collection of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA) have gone “missing” and may have ended up on the market without their knowledge.  – The Art Newspaper
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Iran sees “strong support” from Europeans, Russia, China

VIENNA (AP) — Iran’s deputy foreign minister says Tehran has received “strong support” from all remaining parties to the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with his country since the U.S. pulled out unilaterally last year. Abbas Araghchi told reporters in Vienna on Wednesday that Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China have “acknowledged that the deal can […]
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Iran says no chance of negotiations, compromise with US

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president says there’s no chance of negotiations or compromise with the United States, because Washington allegedly is seeking to topple the government in Tehran. Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech on Wednesday that “the United States says Iran should change” back to the way the country was before the […]
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60 Free-to-Stream Movies for Women’s History Month: Classic Agnès Varda, a Portrait of Susan Sontag, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, and More

March is Women's History Month, and every month is a good one for watching movies. Well aware of both those facts, the people behind free-to-user online streaming service Kanopy have made a range of 60 woman-centric and mostly woman-made films available this month. Some of the women involved include Nouvelle Vague auteur Agnès Varda, director of Cléo from 5 to 7 and The Beaches of Agnès; Susan Sontag, the prolific writer and subject of Regarding Susan Sontag; and Greta Gerwig, who went f...
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Iran reveals FM wanted to resign over Assad visit to Tehran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says its foreign minister wanted to resign last month after being kept in the dark about a surprise visit by Syrian President Bashar Assad to Tehran. President Hassan Rouhani ultimately rejected Mohammad Javad Zarif’s resignation, throwing his full support behind the diplomat who negotiated the country’s nuclear deal with world […]
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Iran's Zarif resigned 'over Assad trip to Tehran'

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was not informed about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s trip to Tehran last week and that was a reason why he submitted his resignation, the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) reported on Tuesday. Saskia O'Donoghue reports
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