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Iran sees first major charity set up to help homeless, addicts

 
Up until recently, there were no organised charities focused on helping the homeless in Tehran, where about 10,000 people live on the streets. However, in the past few years, one organisation has emerged that not only feeds the homeless, but also helps those addicted to drugs. And now it’s inspiring others to set up similar programmes in different cities. Read more...

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Acid rain in Ahvaz poisons thousands of Iranians

 
Patients suffering breathing problems have been filling up emergency rooms in Ahvaz in recent weeks as bouts of acid rain fall on the western Iranian city. Read more...
 
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Iranians' mixed reactions to nuclear deal, online and in the streets

Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was greeted by cheering crowds at Tehran’s airport Sunday evening, as he and his team of negotiators returned home after brokering a historic agreement to curb uranium enrichment in exchange for a partial lifting of international sanctions. But Iranians have expressed mixed emotions online as to whether this is a good deal for their country. Read more...

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Afghan female rapper: “I’ve received threats, but won’t stop”

“I wanted to run and they hit me on the back; I wanted to think and they hit me on the head; they burned my face in the name of Islam, cut my nose for revenge; poured acid on my hands and body; sold me because I am only a woman” -- these are the daring lyrics of a song by rap duo 143, whose singer Paradise Sorouri was the first female Afghan rapper. Read more…

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HIV-positive women in Iran face ignorance, stigma

A new wave of HIV infections is well underway in Iran. This is cause for serious concern in a country where knowledge on preventing its spread is in short supply, while the age at which people start having sex has gotten lower, according health workers. For women infected with the virus, life can be especially difficult. Read more...

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Concerts cancelled in Iran for “inciting debauchery”

 
In Iran, obtaining a permit to hold a concert is no easy feat. But even when musicians do get their hands on this precious document, the concerts can still be forcibly cancelled at the last minute. That’s what recently happened to two bands in the southwestern city of Abadan, after religious hardliners launched a campaign labelling their music as “debauched”. Read more...
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Iran: No to America... yes to Mash Donald!

 
Thirty-four years after protesters stormed and occupied the American embassy in Tehran, thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets to rally against the United States. But where diplomacy fails, perhaps food can succeed in bringing both sides to the table – or the dinner table, at least. When the time comes to eat, it seems all is forgotten – as these surprising images from Tehran show. Read more...
 
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The high price of smuggling in Iran

With the cost of life rising in Iran, more and more Iranians are travelling to Kurdish cities in the country’s west to go shopping, since all sorts of goods are much cheaper there. However, these savings come with a human price. The reason these goods are so cheap is that they are brought in from Iraqi Kurdistan by ‘kulbars’, or smugglers, who risk their lives in the process. Read more...

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Naser Khosrow, Tehran’s 'abortion street'

 
Abortions are legal in Iran – but only if the woman can prove that giving birth would pose a health risk to herself or her child. Therefore, women who want to get abortions for other reasons have to seek out dangerous underground methods. This often takes them to an infamous street called Naser Khosrow in south Tehran. Read more...

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