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Dar Alfnun turns 166
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Dar Alfnun turns 166

This year, Dar Alfonun university celebrates the 166th anniversary of its establishment; 166 long years of memories and keepsake photos for its students. An exhibition of these has been organized at the Book and Documentaries Museum of Iran to commemorate these 166 years for one month.  

Javad Zarif Christmas tweet
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Javad Zarif Christmas tweet

Iran’s top diplomat, Javad Zarif, has sent greetings for Christmas and the New Year in a tweet. Zarif has tweeted a verse from the Quran, saying: “The angels said, Mary, God gives you glad tidings of a Word from Him whose name is Christ, Jesus, son of Mary; highly honored in this world and the next.” Quran 3:45

Christians celebrate Christmas in Iran
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Christians celebrate Christmas in Iran

Christmas is around the corner and Christians in Iran are getting ready to celebrate the New Year like everywhere else. A Christian lady in Tehran says happily: “For us, Christmas, Easter, Yalda winter solstice, or the Iranian Nowruz New Year are no different from one another, because they are all causes for celebration.”

Earthquake in the capital: Shock or aftershock
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Earthquake in the capital: Shock or aftershock

A wave of earthquakes has been hitting Iran since mid-November along the Zagros fault, extending from the west of Iran to the south. It was deadly in Sarpol-e Zahab in Kermanshah in November, and it has now reached Tehran last night, when an earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale, with its epicenter in Malard, shook Tehran, Karaj, and the surrounding cities.

Yalda: A night to celebrate
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Yalda: A night to celebrate

December 21, the last night of fall, is also the longest night of the year. For Iranians, it is an occasion for visiting one another, eating watermelon and nuts, and reading Persian poetry. Shab Chelleh or Shab Yalda is the name of this first night of winter, which coincides with the winter solstice since the Iranian calendar corresponds to the natural calendar. Iranians have been observing Yalda with special ceremonies since ancient times.

Qashqai girl’s artistic answer to suitors
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Qashqai girl’s artistic answer to suitors

Every ethnic group in Iran has its own way of asking for a girl’s hand, and the girl’s family have their own way of answering the suitor’s family. Among these, the Qashqai people have a rather interesting custom. Needless to say, most tribes have turned to city life in this day and age and old traditions are on their way out.  

Iranian child wins FAO contest
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Iranian child wins FAO contest

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced that the 8-year old Iranian boy, Soheil Ahmadpour, is the winner of the World Food Day 2017 painting contest in the 5 to 8 category, with the slogan “Change the future of migration, invest in food security and rural development”.  

What is a day without violence?
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What is a day without violence?

Recently, we have been hearing about days being named as days without violence in different countries. On the calendar, 2 October is the International Day of Non-Violence. But all this naming and reminding perhaps insinuates that violence is on the rise in our world.  

Favorite cars in Iran
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Favorite cars in Iran

The results of a survey conducted by Iran Standard & Quality Inspection Co (ISQI) show that an estimated 35% of the participants named the 4-wheel drive cars as their favorite in this country, while most of the cars on the road here are saloon cars.  

2nd International clinical oncology congress
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2nd International clinical oncology congress

The 2nd annual international clinical oncology congress, and the 12th national congress, wrapped up today 23 December 2017. This 2-day congress, 22-23 December, organized by the Iranian Society of Clinical Oncology (ISCO) aims to treat and control cancer, transfer knowledge, and share scientific achievements. 230 papers were received here, of which 80 were printed as posters.  

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2019/06/13

Local sources in Oman have reported hearing two consecutive explosions in the Sea of Oman.

Iran, Switzerland sign pharmaceutical MoU

2019/06/13

An MoU has been signed for the production of new cancer drugs between Zahravi Pharmaceutical Co and Roche Pharmaceuticals of Switzerland in the presence of the Swiss Ambassador in Tehran and the Head of Iran's Food and Drug Administration (IFDA).

Polish Volleyball Federation apologizes to Iran

2019/06/16

In the wake of slanderous remarks made by Michal Kubiak, Captain of the Polish National Volleyball Team where he insulted the Iranians, the Volleyball Federation of Poland in a letter extended apologizes to the Iranian people.

WW III: Will US fight in Iran, North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela?

2019/06/13

The United States has been at war for much of its history, including the past 17 years straight since the onset of the "War on Terror" that began with Afghanistan—already the country's longest-ever active conflict. While President Donald Trump pledged an "America First" policy designed to cease Washington's "endless wars" he's threatened to start a few ones as well.

Putin: Iran adherence to JCPOA constructive

2019/06/15

President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday that while alien interference in the region and the US illegal sanctions have created troubles for the region, promoting Tehran-Moscow relations are important for regional stability and development.

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Zangeneh: We cannot export Iranian oil

2019/06/19

Iran’s Petroleum Minister has said: “Conditions today are worse that they were during the war. At the time, we had no difficulty in exporting oil and the only problem was Saddam striking our units. We were also able to receive the money for our oil exports. But today, this is a painstaking process and we are unable to export oil in Iran’s name.”

Europeans plan new Iran push but may be nearing end of diplomatic road

2019/06/19

Britain, France and Germany plan a new push to keep Iran in the 2015 nuclear deal despite Tehran’s threat to violate one of its central limits, but they may be nearing the end of the diplomatic road they embarked on more than 15 years ago.

UK settles £1.3bn lawsuit with Iran’s Bank Mellat after 10 years

2019/06/19

The UK has settled a £1.25bn damages lawsuit brought by Bank Mellat, a prominent Iranian bank, over 2009 British sanctions that prevented the lender from doing business with the UK financial sector because of alleged links to Tehran’s nuclear programme.

11th International Handicrafts & Tourism Exhibition opens in Isfahan

2019/06/19

The 11th International Handicrafts & Tourism Exhibition opened in Isfahan on Tuesday. Twenty trade delegations from twenty countries, including Spain, China, Malaysia, Kuwait, Pakistan, Cuba, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Iraq, Russia, Hungary, Austria, Turkey, Germany, Switzerland, and Afghanistan are taking part here.