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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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“Why I wanted to be ‘Miss Muslim’”

 
The third annual “Miss World Muslimah” beauty pageant for Muslim women, which garnered international media attention, was recently held in Jakarta. One of its contestants, a young woman living in Iran, tells us why she decided to participate.
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Everybody's Gone Surfin'...Surfin' Iran

The first woman ever to surf Iran's waves is Irish. Instead of heading to the well-worn beaches of California or Australia, Easkey Britton decided to go to Iran to introduce women there to the sport. Read more…

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Videos show Iranian officers supervising Syrian soldiers

Videos published online show Iranian military officers working with soldiers from Syria’s regular army, giving them advice and instructions for combat. This footage revives the debate over Iran’s military presence in Syria, even as Iranian authorities continue to deny that they have sent any of their fighters there. Read more...

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