Iran

World Cup finals: What Iranians didn’t get to see


On Sunday night, the final game of the World Cup was broadcast in Iran, but with a few seconds delay. That’s the amount of time censors needed to get rid of images they disapproved of… including the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Read more...
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From oasis to wasteland: how Iran's Hamoun Wetlands dried up


The Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan, once known as 'Iran’s granary', and home to the Hamoun Wetlands, is now a dustbowl. In the place of what was once a thriving oasis, powerful sandstorms have buried villages and ruined livelihoods. Read more…
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Plan to ban vasectomies in Iran mocked online

Iran’s parliament approved a bill last week that, if adopted into law, would make getting tubectomies or vasectomies punishable by two to five years in prison. This stunned many Iranians, who have mocked the plan relentlessly online. Read more…

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Image analysis shows Iraq's new jets are from Iran

The Iraqi air force appears to be using Sukhoi fighter jets camouflaged to hide the fact that they were sent from Iran. Read more...

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Iranian musicians start using the streets as a stage

 
Until recently, it was highly unusual to see musicians playing in the streets of Iran. But over the past year, they’ve become a rather common sight – and they’re not all trying to make money. Many established artists are doing this just for fun, says our Observer, who has catalogued this trend by posting hundreds of videos of street musicians on Facebook. Read more...
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Banned from sports stadiums, Iranian women get creative

 
Though most of the world is fixated on football right now, in Iran, people are more focused on volleyball. The Iranian national team, which has been playing very well, is drawing crowds in Tehran. The public is made up entirely of men, since the religious police forbid Iranian women from entering the stadiums. Some of them, however, have found created ways to get in. Read more...
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Iranian students create drone that saves lives instead of dropping bombs

When the words ‘Iran’ and ‘drone’ are mentioned in the same sentence, it is usually to evoke Iranian military tests or the spectre of war with the US or Israel. But an Iranian inventor is upending that idea. He and his team have created a drone that is dedicated entirely to saving lives. Read more...

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Afghan migrants offered $500 by Iran to fight for Syrian regime

 
Iran has been accused of recruiting and sending Afghanistan’s Shia Muslims to fight alongside the Assad regime in war-torn Syria. Afghan migrants say they are being trained and deployed by the country’s notorious Revolutionary Guards. Two Afghans tell us more…
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