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flats above a Persian restaurant. It happened around 11pm in the busy Hagley Road. They closed it. People in the restaurants and the shops and the pub at that time were told to stay put. They were.
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ISNA| Davoud Ghahrdar: The lavish Golestan Palace is a masterpiece of the Qajar era, embodying the successful integration of earlier Persian crafts and architecture with Western influences. The walled Palace, one of the oldest groups of buildings in Teheran, became the seat of government of the Qajar family, which came into power in 1779 and made Teheran the capital of the country. Built around a garden featuring pools as well as planted areas, the Palace’s most characteristic features and rich ornaments date from the 19th century. It became a centre of Qajari arts and architecture of which it is an outstanding example and has remained a source of inspiration for Iranian artists and architects to this day. It represents a new style incorporating traditional Persian arts and crafts and elements of 18th century architecture and technology.
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A U.S. lawyer for the family of a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran 10 years ago says the family is suing Tehran for damages based in part on leaked information from Iranian sources. “Iran, like the United States, leaks information,” said attorney David McGee in an interview with VOA Persian’s LateNews program Wednesday. McGee represents the Florida-based family of the missing American, Robert Levinson. “There are people who are in a position to know and who have talked, who have identified Bob as being in Iranian custody during this period of time.” McGee did not identify the Iranian sources of that information. Levinson’s wife and seven children filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia on Tuesday. The legal action seeks unspecified damages for injuries suffered by family members who accuse Iran of “unlawful acts of hostage taking, torture and other torts.
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A London-based monitoring group says a US-led airstrike on a school near the Syrian city of Raqqah has left at least 33 civilians dead. Turkish police have clashed with Kurds celebrating the Persian New Year, Nowruz, in the city of Istanbul. Tensions are escalating between Turkey and the Kurdish forces in Syria over the death of a Turkish soldier. China calls for restraint on the Korean peninsula tensions, saying any selfish action complicates the situation. At least eight people have been killed in multiple bomb blasts in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri. At least two students have died and over 20 others injured in a stampede during a break at an elementary school in central China. Salvage operators have begun to raise South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry nearly three years after the disaster killed more than three-hundred people. Watch Live: http://www.
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A London-based monitoring group says a US-led airstrike on a school near the Syrian city of Raqqah has left at least 33 civilians dead. Turkish police have clashed with Kurds celebrating the Persian New Year, Nowruz, in the city of Istanbul. Tensions are escalating between Turkey and the Kurdish forces in Syria over the death of a Turkish soldier. China calls for restraint on the Korean peninsula tensions, saying any selfish action complicates the situation. At least eight people have been killed in multiple bomb blasts in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri. At least two students have died and over 20 others injured in a stampede during a break at an elementary school in central China. Salvage operators have begun to raise South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry nearly three years after the disaster killed more than three-hundred people. Watch Live: http://www.
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According to Nowrouzzadeh’s LinkedIn profile and NIAC, she was an intern in the organization more than a decade ago. NIAC president Trita Parsi said Nowrouzzadeh interned part-time as a college undergraduate. “At the time our organization was very new, and our focus was primarily on voter registration, Parsi said. We had no profile or position on foreign policy matters at that time.” Parsi also denied suggestions that his organization is tied to the Iranian regime. “The idea we’re an agent for the Iranian regime is preposterous,” he said. “We are the largest Iranian American grassroots organization, sustained by our own community, who overwhelmingly opposes the government in Iran.” Alan Eyre, the director of the Office of the Middle East and Asia at State’s Bureau of Energy Resources, has also been targeted. Eyre served as State’s first Persian-language spokesman, and he’s been involved in Iran nuclear talks and outreach to Iranians.
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A London-based monitoring group says a US-led airstrike on a school near the Syrian city of Raqqah has left at least 33 civilians dead. Turkish police have clashed with Kurds celebrating the Persian New Year, Nowruz, in the city of Istanbul. Tensions are escalating between Turkey and the Kurdish forces in Syria over the death of a Turkish soldier. China calls for restraint on the Korean peninsula tensions, saying any selfish action complicates the situation. At least eight people have been killed in multiple bomb blasts in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri. At least two students have died and over 20 others injured in a stampede during a break at an elementary school in central China. Salvage operators have begun to raise South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry nearly three years after the disaster killed more than three-hundred people. Watch Live: http://www.
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The Hill President Trump on Wednesday marked the Persian new year, Nowruz, amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran. “To the Iranian people and all those around the world celebrating Nowruz: On behalf of the American people, I wish you freedom, dignity, and wealth,” Trump said in a statement. The president recognized Iranian-Americans as “one of the most successful immigrant groups in our country’s contemporary history” who “share an affection for their ancestral heritage” despite their diverse religious backgrounds. ADVERTISEMENT Trump said the holiday’s theme of new beginnings is “a sentiment that is particularly meaningful for so many Iranians who have come to our country in recent decades to make a new start in a free land.” Until Wednesday, it was unclear whether Trump would continue the tradition issuing Nowruz greetings.
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MNAIran’s permanent representative envoy to the UN Khoshroo hailed the advent of Nowruz as the culture of peace, moderation and friendship at the time when all those values are threatened by extremism and hostility around the world. Here is the full text of Gholamali Khoshroo’s address to the United Nations on the occasion of Nowruz, the Persian New Year. Nowruz, with all its concepts, customs, and rituals, is much more than a date marked in our calendars. It is a “cultural perception” that brings hope, peace and prosperity to millions of peoples around the globe, regardless of their ethnicity, political or religious views. It celebrates moderation, friendship, light and life. So its message to our crisis-ridden world is more relevant than ever, running counter to the forces of extremism, hostility, darkness and destruction. From the time that Nowruz was established in the Land of Persia and During all these long centuries that Iran has been a melting pot for civilizations and ethnicities, up to now, Nowruz has served as the common language for over hundreds of million people all around the world.
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With a Doodle that featured fluttering butterflies and bees buzzing around tulips Google on Wednesday marked the coming of Nowruz. A compound of the Persian words now for new and ruz for day, Nowruz celebrations have heralded the return of spring and the start of a new year for people of Persian ancestry for more than 3,000 years. The festivities, according to Google, can last up to two weeks and start at the advent of the spring equinox when nights begin shortening and days lengthening. While Wednesday's Doodle was only displayed in Kazakhstan, Nowruz is celebrated by Iranian and Turkic peoples around the world. Traditionally it is a time for cleaning house and buying new clothes, visiting friends and neighbors, and feasting on special foods. Celebrations of Nowruz in Kazakhstan where it is known as Nauryz feature feasts and musical performances inside felt yurts and games played around a large hanging swing called an Altybakan, according to the country's national tourism website.
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Press TV Bahrainis have staged several rallies across the Persian Gulf kingdom in solidarity with the activists killed at the hands of Manama regime forces. The protesters took to the streets in the villages of Musalla, Buri, Diraz and Sanabis on Monday evening, chanting slogans against the Al Khalifah regime. They were also carrying photos of the victims of the regime’s crackdown, including Mohammed Sahwan who died in Manama’s custody last week. Bahrain’s Interior Ministry announced the death of the 45-year-old prisoner in a Tweet on March 16, citingnatural causes.” Sahwan was serving a 15-year sentence at Jaw prison for taking part in anti-regime demonstrations. However, his relatives said the man had lost his life as a result of injuries sustained during the 2011 crackdown on rallies against the ruling Al Khalifah dynasty. They said that Sahwan still had buckshot in the head and body.
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Reuters A U.S. aircraft carrier passed through a strategic waterway separating Iran from U.S.-backed Arab states on Tuesday for the first time since President Donald Trump took office two months ago. Nearly 20 smaller Iranian boats looked on as the USS George H.W. Bush approached the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz. About one-fifth of the world's oil passes through the Strait and there are occasional incidents in the area involving U.S. and Iranian military vessels. Years of mutual animosity eased when Washington lifted sanctions on Tehran last year after a deal to curb Iran's nuclear goals. But serious differences remain over Iran's ballistic missiles as well as conflicts in Syria and Iraq. While still a presidential candidate in September, Trump vowed that any Iranian vessels that harassed the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf would be shot out of the water.
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An aircraft lands after missions targeting the ISIS in Iraq from the deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf. With the fighting against ISIS increasingly confined to densely populated cities like Mosul and Raqqa, the US air war against them continues to escalate precipitously, with record numbers of airstrikes in recent months, and the coalition dropping over 7,000 munitions on Iraq and Syria in just the last two months . Air Force Central Command spokeswoman Capt. Kathleen Atanasoff attributed to the continued increase in strikes to the effort to support Iraq’s invasion of Mosul, a city of well over a million people. With the fighting there heavily confined to residential neighborhoods, however, the heavy use of airstrikes must raise concern of large civilian tolls. January now stands as the record month for strikes in the current war, with some 3,600 US and coalition strikes taking place.
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Nowruz is the Iranian, or Persian, New Year and it begins this year on March 21. It is celebrated in areas that were once part of the Persian Empire and in places where people from those areas have later settled.