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US national anthem censored on Iranian TV

Iran and the United States faced off on the volleyball courts over the weekend. The two countries’ teams played two games as part of the Volleyball World League tournaments in Tehran. Before the games kicked off, the countries' national anthems were sung, as per tradition at international sports events. Volleyball is extremely popular in Iran, and the games were broadcast live on public television. However, viewers didn’t get to hear the US anthem – it was cut out. Read more...

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Video: Tattoos, female bodybuilding and more in “Underground Iran”


Lots of leisure activities are banned in the Islamic Republic of Iran. And yet, if you look closely - which we were able to do with the help of our Observers in Iran - you'll discover that young people are discreetly engaging in all sorts of activities, from female bodybuilding to tattoo art to dancing ballet. Take a little tour of "Underground Iran"...
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'Traitor!' Leaked video exposes Iranian tensions over nuclear talks


"You're a traitor!" bellows an ultra-conservative Tehran lawmaker to Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. The minister has won acclaim for leading international negotiations over the country's nuclear programme. But the secretly filmed outburst by Mahdi Kouchakzadeh highlights tensions pitting certain right-wing politicians against the Iranian government. Read more...

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'Made in Iran': Iranian weapons in Iraq conflict

With sanctions strangling its ability to get its hands on weapons, Iran's only way of amassing a stockpile of arms has been to build them itself. Sniper rifles, armoured vehicles or even surveillance drones make up the Islamic Republic's store of military hardware. Now, Tehran is busy secretly funnelling these weapons to groups taking on the Islamic State group in Iraq. Read more...

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Iranian media publishes fake photos of ‘loot seized by Yemen’s Houthis’


Yemen’s Houthi rebels reportedly seized dozens of missiles, rocket launchers and entire cases of ammo after they attacked a Saudi army post earlier this week. At least that’s what the Iranian media say, and they published photos to prove it. The problem is that some of these photos were taken years ago, often very far from the border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Read more...
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Iran’s underground restaurants serve up pork, wine and a pinch of freedom


In the Islamic State of Iran, restaurants are not allowed to serve items forbidden by sharia law, like alcohol and pork. And yet, it is possible to find underground establishments that serve them. Read more…
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Iran mistakenly promotes hijab with ancient bas-relief of veiled men


This poster displayed in the streets of the Iranian capital Tehran features an image of an ancient Persian sculpture alongside a message praising the merits of the Islamic veil, or hijab. The veiled figures in the bas-relief are supposed to demonstrate that Iranian women have been covering their heads for centuries. However, if you look a little closer, you can see that the veiled people aren’t actually women. Read more…
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Iran's coast guard uses 'battering ram' to stop illegal fishing


Along Iran's protected Miankaleh Peninsula on the Caspian Sea coastline, fisherman have been illegally fishing for years. Seizing their small boats doesn't appear to be dissuading them. So Iran's coast guard has come up with a radical technique: ram into the vessels at sea, and leave the helpless fishermen to fend for themselves. Read more...


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