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Iran Says Missile Program Off-Limits In Nuclear Talks

An Iranian official says Tehran will not include its ballistic-missile program as part of talks with six world powers on an agreement to curb Iran's controversial nuclear program. More

Iran Asks For UN Committee Meeting

Iran has requested a special meeting of a UN committee after the United States announced it will not grant a visa to Tehran's new UN ambassador appointee. More

Amir Mirza Hekmati appears on Iranian state TV.

Iran Jails Iranian-American Marine

An Iranian appeals court has reportedly upheld the 10-year prison sentence of a former U.S. Marine held in Iran since 2011. More

Hamid Abutalebi

Iran Will Deal With UN After U.S. Envoy Snub

Tehran dismissed a U.S. decision to deny a visa to Iran's proposed new UN envoy, Hamid Abutalebi, saying it would take up the case directly with the United Nations. More

Hamid Abutalebi

Iran Criticizes U.S. Visa Ban On Envoy

A Iranian spokesman says the U.S. decision to refuse a visa to Iran's UN ambassador nominee was "regrettable." More

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Iranian Students Crash Nuclear Party

A hard-line Iranian politician visited a Tehran university this week to celebrate the wonders of nuclear power. But pro-opposition students crashed the party. More

Iranian Cleric Says Unhealthy Satellite Jamming Un-Islamic

Is satellite jamming permissible under Islamic law? Not if it poses a threat to human health, says a senior cleric. More
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Features & Commentary

Hard-Liners Decry Proposed EU Office in Tehran

Iranian hard-liners say they will not allow the European Union to open an office in the Islamic republic.
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Afghans Criticize Government’s Handling Of International Norouz Event

The Afghan government has angered many Afghans by ditching a plan to hold an international Norouz festival in a multimillion-dollar castle specifically built for the event.
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Interview: Israeli President Calls For Peaceful Iran Ties

In an exclusive interview with Israel-based journalist Farnoush Ram for RFE/RL's Radio Farda in Jerusalem on March 19, Peres called for peaceful relations between Israel and Iran, insisting his country is against war.
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Ashton Under Fire For Meeting With Iran Rights Activists

A meeting in Tehran between EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and rights activists has angered hard-liners, some of whom plan a protest in the Iranian capital on March 12.
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Iran's Dervishes Hunger Strike In And Out Of Prison

Thousands of dervishes in Iran and around the world have gone on a hunger strike to protest state pressure they say they are facing. Among them are 10 prisoners and dozens of others in Iran who have said they will take their protest on Saturday (March 8) to the front of the prosecutor-general's office.
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Iran Media Censors Polish FM On Iranian Media Censorship

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski witnessed Iran media censorship firsthand during his recent visit. But as RFE/RL reports, his attempts to send a message to the Iranian authorities was blocked.
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Disturbing Video Of Public Iranian Execution Sparks Debate

After footage of a public hanging in Iran went viral, some are questioning whether users of social media are sending the wrong message by sharing such material.
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Reading Ukraine In Iran

The events in Ukraine have highlighted the political divide in Iran -- and the Iranian establishment's fear of popular protests similar to the 2009 mass street demonstrations that faced the Islamic Republic with its worst crisis.
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A New Life For Iran's Orchestras?

Iranian President Hassan Rohani has vowed to revive Iran's once-proud orchestra scene, which has been silenced in recent years. But as RFE/RL correpondents Golnaz Esfandiari and Mohammad Zarghami report, there is room for skepticism.
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