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Courting endangered cheetahs capture Iranian hearts

 
Kushki, an Asiatic male cheetah, is waiting for a response to his marriage proposal, which was delivered by his best men, four cyclists. The cyclists travelled 400 kilometres to bring the message to Delbar, a female cheetah who lives on the other side of Iran. Read more…
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The woman encouraging a hijab revolution in Iran

Over the past week, women in Iran have been posting photos of themselves without their hijabs on a Facebook page called “Stealthy Freedoms”, which has already garnered nearly 130,000 likes. We asked the woman who launched the page about the meaning behind this defiant gesture. Read more…

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Iran’s hardliners launch campaign against ‘improper’ dress

 
Every year, as the weather warms up, the Iranian morality police come out in full force to patrol the streets and stop women they judge as being dressed too seductively. Despite a new, more moderate president, our Iranian Observers expect this summer’s crackdown will be even harsher than in previous years because the country’s hardliners have launched a massive campaign to denounce examples of “immodest” dress. Read more...
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Iranian President’s wife sparks outrage with 'wild party'

 
Last Saturday, the Iranian first lady, wife of Iranian President Hassan Rohani, threw a party to mark Women’s Day, celebrated on the birthday of Prophet Muhammad’s daughter Fatima. Ultra-conservative outcry at this so-called “lavish ball” has sparked many spoofs videos from bloggers and Rohani supporters. Read more...
 
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Iranians shave heads to protest political prisoner ‘abuse’

 
Dozens of Iranians have sheared their hair in support of political prisoners held at a penitentiary in Tehran, who say guards beat them and shaved their heads last week. Read more...
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‘Sex jihadist’ was actually a porn actress

Aïsha left Saudi Arabia to go carry out “sex jihad” in Syria, where she became pregnant with an Islamist fighter’s child. Or at least, that’s the story several official Iranian media outlets have reported. But Iranian Internet sleuths quickly realised it was fishy. Read more...

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Iran’s landmines: ‘Kids get blown up while playing’

Iran is one of the countries in the world with the most unexploded landmines, and they kill and maim dozens of people every year. Many of these are leftovers from the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988); others were planted by the Iranian government to fight armed groups and traffickers. Our Observer says the authorities are simply not doing enough to rid Iran of them. Read more…

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In pictures: Iranians around the world celebrate fire festival

Iranians throughout the world celebrated the festival of fire on Tuesday night as they do every year. This is an ancient pagan celebration that ushers in the Persian New Year. Read more...

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Hunters swear off killing in bid to preserve Iranian wildlife

 
Nineteen hunters in Iranian Kurdistan have sworn off killing animals by breaking their rifles and setting fire to their traps in public. They hope that many more will soon join them in their effort to preserve Iran’s fragile wildlife from the ravages of over-hunting. Read more…
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