The 'Iranian Brad Pitt' apologizes after tweeting support for US same-sex marriage ruling

A leading Iranian actor has apologised after coming under pressure over a tweet he posted in support of a historic US supreme court ruling on gay marriage.

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Global LGBT community still gripped by homophobic state-sponsored violence

The US supreme court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is a legal right across the country marks a milestone in the march for equality.

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Iranian child bride faces execution for killing the man she was forced to marry

Razieh Ebrahimi was forced to marry at the age of 14, became a mother at 15, and killed her husband at 17. Now at 21, she is on Iran's death row.

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Iranian pop queen Googoosh promotes gay rights in new music video

Iran's queen of pop, Googoosh, has released a video in support of her country's gay and lesbian community, becoming the first prominent Iranian with such a huge following to speak out against homophobia.

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Iranian city picks Islamic republic's first female minority ethnic mayor

A woman belonging to Iran's Baluch ethnic group has been chosen as the mayor of a provincial city, in a rare example of a minority politician being promoted in the Islamic republic.

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Hillary Clinton: We need to have a 'sensible adult conversation' about spying

Former US secretary of state greets debate as British shadow home secretary calls for oversight of intelligence

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Iran arrests 'network of homosexuals and satanists' at birthday party

Iran's revolutionary guards have announced the arrest of "a network of homosexuals and satanists" in the western city of Kermanshah, close to the country's border with Iraq, prompting fresh alarm over the treatment of gay people in the Islamic republic.

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CIA admits to helping overthrow Iran's democratically elected leader in 1953

The CIA has publicly admitted for the first time that it was behind the notorious 1953 coup against Iran's democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, in documents that also show how the British government tried to block the release of information about its own involvement in his overthrow.

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Ahmadinejad issues challenge to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became Iran's president seven years ago, he made his presence felt through incendiary statements targeted at Israel and the west. Now, in his dying days in office, he is going out all guns firing. Only this time he is taking aim at the edifice of the political system that championed him.

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Iranian film challenges social conventions by focusing on trans people

Facing Mirrors brings transsexuality to the big screen for the first time, even though Khomeini fatwa legalised it in 1987

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Iran says its prepared to destroy all U.S. bases in the Gulf if attacked

Iran is prepared to launch missiles at US bases throughout the Gulf within minutes of an attack on the Islamic Republic, according to a commander of the country's Revolutionary Guards.

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Salman Rushdie fatwa turned into Iranian video game

Salman Rushdie was the target of a notorious fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic republic of Iran, 23 years ago. Now, the author of The Satanic Verses is the subject of an Iranian computer game aimed at spreading to the next generation the message about his "sin".

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Iranian diplomat accused of child molestation in Brazil

An Iranian diplomat is facing child abuse allegations in Brasilia after angry parents at a local swimming pool accused him of fondling girls between the ages of 9 and 15.

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Iranian cleric: LGBT are inferior to dogs and pigs

An influential Iranian cleric who is entitled to issue juristic rulings according to the Sharia law, has condemned western lawmakers involved in the decriminalisation of homosexuality, saying those politicians are lower than animals.

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