Iran

12:28pm

Mon September 23, 2013
World

High-Level Meeting Set Between Kerry, Iranian Counterpart

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 9:26 am

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a news conference earlier this month.
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Secretary of State John Kerry plans to meet his Iranian counterpart this week for the highest-level face-to-face between Washington and Tehran in six years.

The meeting with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and representatives of five other world powers — Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — would come as newly elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visits the United Nations in New York. The talks would center on Iran's nuclear program.

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5:16am

Fri September 20, 2013
World

Iran's New Leader Calls For 'Constructive Dialogue'

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 6:00 am

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani earlier this month.
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1:44pm

Wed September 18, 2013
World

Iran Frees Political Prisoners

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 3:17 pm

Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh smiles at her house in Tehran on Wednesday, after being freed from prison.
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Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was among several political prisoners released by Tehran on Wednesday, just days ahead of a visit by Iran's newly elected moderate president to the United Nations in New York.

Sotoudeh, who had been held since 2010, was one of eight women and three men released, according to the BBC. Reformist politician Mohsen Aminzadeh was also among the prisoners freed.

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2:29pm

Sun September 15, 2013
Politics

Obama Says He And Iran's Rowhani Have Exchanged Letters

Iran's President Hasan Rowhani, who was elected in June, has exchanged lettes with President Obama, the U.S. leader said in an interview that aired Sunday. Here, Rowhani speaks to Iran's Parliament in Tehran.
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In the weeks since Iran's President Hasan Rowhani was elected this summer, he and President Obama have swapped letters, Obama says. The U.S. president discussed the exchange for the first time publicly in an interview with George Stephanopoulos that aired on ABC's This Week Sunday.

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3:10pm

Sat September 7, 2013
Author Interviews

'Be Mine': Love And Identity Tangled In Tehran

Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 3:33 pm

How far would you go for love? In Sara Farizan's debut novel, a studious 17-year-old girl named Sahar finds herself deeply, head-over-heels in love with her childhood best friend and neighbor — another teenage girl named Nasrin.

Their story takes place in Iran, where homosexuality is illegal, making their love that much more forbidden. When Nasrin is engaged to be married to a man, Sahar is crushed. In order to openly be with Nasrin, Sahar considers gender-reassignment surgery, which is more accepted in Iran than homosexuality.

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