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Iranians overjoyed at first Oscar win

Iranians took to the Internet and mobile phones on Monday to proclaim their pride and joy at their country’s first win at the Oscars– and at the speech by triumphant director Asghar Farhadi putting culture above politics. Messages flooded SMS servers and social networks moments after the movie, “A Separation,” was awarded the best…

Sanctions take their toll on ordinary Iranians

A raft of Western economic sanctions on Iran over its controversial nuclear programme are increasingly stifling the lives of ordinary Iranians, hit by rising inflation and growing isolation. EU and US banking sanctions put in place 18 months ago, and reinforced on Monday, have fuelled Iran’s runaway inflation and triggered a collapse in the…

U.S. rescues six more Iranians despite tensions

WASHINGTON — A US ship on Tuesday rescued six Iranian mariners in the Gulf after their boat broke down, the Pentagon said, in the latest such gesture despite soaring tensions between Washington and Tehran. The United States, while pressing Iran over its nuclear program, has drawn attention to its assistance…

U.S. opens ‘virtual embassy’ to enter Iran

WASHINGTON — The United States on Tuesday opened a virtual online embassy to reach out to Iranians despite the absence of official ties, vowing to break through the Islamic regime’s “electronic curtain.” Iranian authorities have already voiced anger over the virtual embassy, accusing the United States of seeking to interfere…

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