News Iranian Teacher Ali Mohammadian with 8-year-old Mahan Rahimi, in a photo taken before Mahan's classmates followed their teacher and also shaved their hair.

Ali Mohammadian noticed his pupil was being bullied, and shaved his head to show his support

New Zealand earthquake caused by new fault line

The devastating earthquake that tore through Christchurch on Tuesday is the product of a new fault line in the Earth’s crust that seismologists were previously unaware of.

Security forces stop rallies on the streets of Tehran

Thousands of Iranian security personnel were deployed on the streets of Tehran and other cities yesterday to prevent protesters rallying in spite of a ban.

Iranian protesters call for 'death to dictator'

Tehran was convulsed by protests yesterday as thousands of demonstrators, inspired by the success of the uprising in Egypt, took to the streets of the Iranian capital for the first time in more than a year.

Police disperse Iranian protesters with tear gas

Clashes between Iranian police and tens of thousands of protesters wracked central Tehran today with security forces beating and firing tear gas at opposition supporters looking to evoke Egypt's recent popular uprising.

Iran says nuclear talks will resume at unknown date

Talks between six world powers and Iran, aimed at persuading Tehran to rein in its nuclear programme, will resume but no date or venue has been set, a senior Iranian official said today.

Google Tehran: downloads from internet giant available in Iran for the first time

Google has begun offering downloads of its Chrome, Picasa and Earth programmes in Iran for the first time after a US embargo banning their transfer was relaxed.

Iran: A journey from Tehran to Esfahan reveals a country of beauty and poetry

"In the name of God," said the form we had to fill in to get a press card. Was it "in the name of God" that we had to shroud ourselves in loose clothes and headscarves, the minute our plane landed on Iranian soil? Was it "in the name of God" that nearly all the women we saw, as we crawled through the rush-hour traffic from Tehran airport, were wearing black? And it's in the name of God, presumably, that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has, for the past five years, been living under the threat of being stoned to death.

EU refuses Iran's nuclear tour offer

The European Union has turned down an offer from Iran to tour its nuclear facilities. Tehran had invited Hungary, which holds the EU's revolving presidency, and International Atomic Energy Agency ambassadors to visit the Natanz uranium enrichment plant and the Arak heavy-water complex .

Iran arrests US woman carrying 'spy device'

Iranian authorities have detained a 55-year-old American woman on spying charges, local media reported yesterday.

Iran: come and see nuclear sites

The Tehran government confirmed yesterday that it has invited world powers and its allies in the Arab and developing world – but not its chief critics – to tour Iranian nuclear sites before a high-profile meeting late in January on its disputed nuclear programme.

Visit for detained German journalists

Two German journalists detained in Iran since October were told they can have a family visit yesterday, a day after Germany's Foreign Ministry complained that Iran was breaking promises to allow the meetings.

Katherine Butler: clemency would suit Tehran's interests

An Iranian man who has grown tired of his wife has options. He can divorce her with impunity, but he doesn't even have to go to that much trouble.

Iranian public holidays to reduce pollution

The authorities have declared a two-day public holiday in Tehran and other cities in an attempt to reduce dangerous levels of air pollution.

US families call for release of Iran 'spies'

Family members of three Americans facing espionage charges in Iran say news of a trial date on 6 February is yet another delay in a case which has taken too long to resolve.

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