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Iranian smugglers set up shop in coastal Oman

 
Due to the ramping up of international sanctions, many Iranian merchants who were working legally in Dubai are leaving and heading to Khasab, a small coastal town in Oman, where smuggling is rife. Read more…
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Graffiti with a Persian twist

 
While rap has taken off in Iran in recent years, graffiti still remains little known and poorly understood. However, young artists throughout the country are trying to change that, some of them by incorporating traditional Persian art into their pieces. Read more…
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Iran swimmer’s time goes unrecorded: “Her bathing suit was too revealing”

 
An Iranian woman has taken on a difficult challenge: to swim as long as possible in open waters, where she has to wear a diving suit, a full jacket, and a headscarf. However, this was still not enough for the sports authorities, who she claims told her they could not record her latest swim because her outfit was too revealing. Read more…
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Historic Iranian neigbourhood tarmacked over 'for profit'

 
Several historic neighbourhoods in Yazd, a city in central Iran, are threatened with destruction to make way for the extension of a mausoleum. According to our Observer, this controversial construction project is motivated more by profit than religion. Read more...
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Iranian prostitutes ply their trade on Facebook

 
Being a prostitute in Iran is a risky business: selling your body for money is punishable by death under Islamic law. At least that’s the theory, since the world’s oldest profession has a strong foothold in this very conservative country. In recent years, business has been booming, largely thanks to Facebook. Read more...
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After Rohani’s victory, Iranians let loose

 
A video shows a young couple dancing, their bodies nearly touching at times. The scene would seem far from scandalous in much of the world, but it was filmed in the middle of the street in Mashhad, one of the most conservative cities in Iran. Dancing is strictly forbidden for women in Iran, but overjoyed Iranians broke many rules after moderate Hassan Rohani won the presidential election. Read more…

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Our Observers share photos of Iran’s election day

 
As Iranians headed to the poll Friday to choose their next president, our Observers sent us frequent updates from the voting booths. Read more…
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Iranian satire: 'What is better than mocking something that has hurt us?'

 
In Iran, creating satire, even in the form of cartoons, is a dangerous line of work. In recent years, making fun of the country’s politicians has landed many satirists in jail, and pushed others to either flee abroad or to publish their jokes on social networks under pseudonyms. Read more…
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