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  •  A view of the Gold Bowl of Hasanlu, ca. 900 BC 2020-08-14 21:54

    By Afshin Majlesi

    The absolutely magnificent ‘Gold Bowl of Hasanlu’: Sixty-three years later

    TEHRAN – Sixty-three years ago, an Iranian man, named Emamqoli Mohammadi Hasanluei, unearthed a millennia-old gold bowl in the debris of a burned building, part of the major architectural complex at Teppe Hasanlu near the city of Naghadeh in the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan, a short distance south of Lake Urmia.

  • Saudi 2020/08/12

    By Salman Parviz

    Saudi austerity measures: an end to lavish times?

    Kingdom boosts taxes to make up for lower oil revenues, risks fueling discontent

    The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has spread around the world with lightning speed, surprising most governments, and pushing the global economy in deep recession. The collapse of oil prices, hovering just over $40 a barrel, has especially pushed the world's largest crude exporter's economy deeper into the abyss.

  • 20 wonderful, must-see cultural sites in Iran 2020-08-12 00:07

    By Afshin Majlesi

    20 wonderful, must-see cultural sites in Iran

    If you ask foreign visitors to Iran about the most characteristic future they discovered during excursions in the ancient land, the most possible answers may be somewhat like these: “It is the friendliest country on Earth with loads of warm-hearted welcome!”; “It is the jewel in Islam’s crown in terms of architecture”; “Being home to fascinating cultural heritage sites”; or “a land where echoes of ancient civilizations still resonate down through the ages!”

  • Beirut 2020/08/10

    By Mohammad Mazhari

    Ulterior motives in attacks on Lebanese ministries

    While Lebanon as a crisis-ridden country needs unity more than ever these days to get out of this complex and sensitive situation, some sides make every effort to obstruct the path to tranquility in the country.

  • brain cancer vaccine 2020/08/10

    By Salman Parviz

    First Phase III Covid-19 vaccine trials begin in UAE 

    UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention announced it is hosting the world’s first Phase III clinical trials of an inactivated vaccine to combat coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, reported various media outlets on August 5. According to the Gulf News, the vaccine was developed by Abu Dhabi-based G42 Healthcare and Sinopharm GNBG.

  • currency 2020-08-10 15:35

    By Ebrahim Fallahi

    Launching forex bourse best way out for Iran’s currency dilemma

    TEHRAN– Iranian economic experts believe that launching a bourse for trading foreign currencies is going to be the best way for the country to overcome the current challenges of the forex market including the high rates.

  • Hassan Rouhani- Xi Jinping 2020-08-03 17:31

    By Salman Parviz

    Beijing's strategic 25-year partnership with Tehran

    Implication on Chabahar port

    Beijing is in the final stages of approving the 25-year $400 billion economic and security deal with Tehran dubbed Sino-Iranian Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. The media reports that the agreement incorporates massive Chinese investment in Iran's infrastructure envisions closer defense and intelligence sharing and guaranteed Iranian oil for China.

  • Pigeon towers significant but strange buildings of ancient times 2020-08-02 21:11

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Pigeon towers significant but strange buildings of ancient times

    Pigeons are many times deemed as mere nuisances especially by city dwellers. However, they were quite valuable in ancient Iran, mostly for their droppings!

  • TEDPIX 2020-08-02 16:28

    By Mahnaz Abdi

    TEDPIX hits record high of 2m points

    Iranian stock market, which has been experiencing some unprecedented growth in the past Iranian calendar year (ended on March 19), and also during the present year, registered a new record high on Sunday.

  • All shall pay tribute to guardians of nature 2020-07-31 23:05

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    All shall pay tribute to guardians of nature

    TEHRAN – July 31 is World Ranger Day, which celebrates the work rangers do to protect the planet's natural treasures and cultural heritage and commemorates the guardians of nature killed or injured in the line of duty.

  • Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (C) with Britain's former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (R), France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (L), Germany Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (2nd L) at the EU headquarters in Brussels on May 15, 2018. (Photo: YVES HERMAN/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES) 2020-07-29 19:20

    By Salman Parviz

    INSTEX: Europe’s fragile muscle flexing

    Trump isolating U.S. over JCPOA & Iran arms embargo extension

    After months of delay the E3 group of Germany, France, and UK finally set up a company called Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) in January 2019. With headquarters in Paris, the company was supposed to enable non-U.S. dollar and non-SWIFT barter trade between the European Union and Iran in defiance of U.S. sanctions.

  • Building Back Better: UN supports Iran’s socio-economic response to COVID-19 2020-07-26 18:40

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    Building Back Better: UN supports Iran’s socio-economic response to COVID-19

    TEHRAN – The United Nations System in Iran has launched a ‘Program on Socio-Economic Response to COVID-19’ which focuses on three particular areas of intervention, including combined employment generation, social protection, and strengthening the health system.

  • The powership Raif Bey docks in a shipyard in Yalova’s Altinova district, Turkey, June 16, 2020. Turkey plans to send the floating generators to supply power to western Libya.  (Photo: AFP) 2020-07-25 14:29

    By Salman Parviz

    Egypt, Turkey on clash course over Libya

    Imminent battle over the key city of Sirte; Ankara, Moscow seek lasting cease-fire

    TEHRAN- In a sign of hope for peace and stability in Libya, early July Turkey announced its banks and companies’ plans for an assessment trip within two weeks to rebuild post-war Libya and secure its energy infrastructure.

  • Protesters outside the Supreme Court in April 2018. (Credit: Andrew Harnik/Associated Press) 2020-07-24 18:14

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Trump’s Muslim ban: For the sake of safer America or anti-Muslim bigots

    House Democrats on Wednesday voted to pass a legislation that would revoke the U.S. President Donald Trump administration’s controversial order banning entry to immigrants from mostly Muslim-majority countries.

  • Iran- South Korea 2020/07/12

    By Salman Parviz

    Iran mulls lawsuits and legal actions to unblock funds

    In his recent reaction to Seoul’s blockage of Iranian assets, President Hassan Rouhani said South Korea’s seizure of Iranian assets “is by no means acceptable and we expect Seoul to lift the restrictions as soon as possible.”

  • Iran takes step to reduce plastic bags 2020-07-10 23:39

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    Save the planet: Iran takes step to reduce plastic bags

    TEHRAN – In Iran, over 1 million tons of plastic bags are produced annually, while its shelf life is less than 10 minutes, but they remain in nature for hundreds of years. Fortunately, the Department of Environment has drafted a bill and sent it to the government for approval to reduce the consumption of plastic bags.

  • Hassan Rouhani - Nicolas Maduro 2020-07-08 13:48

    By Mohammad Mazhari

    Reasons why Iran backs Venezuela

    As two oil-producing countries under U.S. sanctions, Iran and Venezuela have been working in recent years to strengthen geopolitical ties to relieve U.S. pressure and find a solution to improve their economies.

  • India-China 2020/07/08

    By Salman Parviz

    India-China standoff enters 9th week

    Beijing' pulling back troops' after deadly border clash: India

    As the dispute over the shared border between India and China, two nuclear-armed nations, enters its ninth week, the region remains tense. The high-altitude, rugged Ladakh region is now the epicenter of the border standoff. It is far removed from the lives and imagination of most Indians and Chinese residents; the region has now become the talk of their daily conversations and worries.

  • Dorothy Shea 2020-07-05 13:32

    By Mohammad Mazhari

    American ambassador brings the political conflicts back to the surface in Lebanon

    In recent days, Arab media outlets have been discussing the implications of a verdict issued by a Lebanese judge to ban media from talking to the U.S. ambassador to Beirut after she took direct aim at Hezbollah in a provocative move.

  • A woman wearing a mask walks past a wall bearing graffiti asking for rent forgiveness in Los Angeles on May 1, 2020. (Photo: Valerie Macon / AFP via Getty Images) 2020-07-05 11:41

    By Salman Parviz

    A tsunami of evictions is looming in U.S.

    The distress among renters likely to surge this summer when federal unemployment benefits run dry

    As businesses reopen across the U.S., so are eviction courts with millions walking the fine thin line between homelessness and having a shelter over their head. Today, it is estimated that anywhere from 20 million to 28 million American renters are perilously close to eviction.

  • Startups 2020/06/30

    By Mahnaz Abdi

    Capital market, a financing platform for startups

    Creative manpower is the pillar of a knowledge-based economy and an economy with a high capacity for job creation, so it is considered the most valuable asset of a country and should be paid high attention.

  • The number of home sales in Tehran stood at 11,046 during the third month of the current Iranian year (May 21-June 20), indicating an increase of 80.3% compared with the same month of last year, but a decline of 4.5% compared with the preceding month. (Photo: EghtesadOnline) 2020/06/30

    By Salman Parviz

    Despite economic fallout Tehran real estate market flourishes

    Statistical Center of Iran reports soaring prices

    For thousands of years, houses with secluded gardens and courtyards have been a cornerstone of Iranian architecture, where a garden or a big terrace was common. I grew up in one of these houses near Mehrabad Airport. In the evenings there was plenty of time for youngsters to play football in the streets where traffic was almost non-existent and air was fresh.

  • Why Arabs remain silent on George Floyd’s death? 2020-06-30 11:32

    By Mohammad Mazhari

    Why Arabs remain silent on George Floyd’s death?

    From New Zealand and Australia, through Europe, to Canada and Brazil, many countries of the world witnessed demonstrations in solidarity with the protests in the United States against racism after the Minneapolis police officer killed a black American. However, the Arab streets were quiet, except for Tunisia and social media.

  • Ashuradeh Island’s unique biodiversity decorates northern Iran 2020-06-21 18:18

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    Ashuradeh Island’s unique biodiversity decorates northern Iran

    TEHRAN – Ashuradeh, Iran’s sole island in the Caspian Sea, is a unique valuable part of Miankaleh Wildlife Sanctuary in northern Iran, which has a great share of the country’s biodiversity.

  • FTZ 2020/06/19

    By Mahnaz Abdi

    Iran’s FTZs development continues despite sanctions

    Considering the important role that the free trade zones (FTZs) play in promoting the country’s export and employment, Iran is seriously pursuing development of its existing FTZs and establishment of new zones as well.

  • tanker 2020-06-14 14:59

    BY: Ebrahim Fallahi

    U.S. targets Iran-Venezuela trade, tanker market suffers a blow

    TEHRAN - The Trump administration is considering new sanctions on reportedly 50 oil tankers for working with Venezuela, in order to prevent the trade between Iran and the Latin American country.

  • Just to fan the flame! 2020-06-12 11:29

    *By Ali A. Jenabzadeh

    Just to fan the flame!

    U.S. President Donal Trump gave rise to a new controversy on Tuesday by condemning a 75-year-old protester as being an "Antifa provocateur." Martin Gugino, a Buffalo activist who is still in the hospital recovering from a head wound he sustained when the police shoved him to the ground, is Trump's new target to keep the fire of protests on.

  • File photo depicts the centuries-old Arg-e Karim Khan with a modern hotel being constructed in the background, distorting general views of the brick fortress in Shiraz, southern Iran. 2020-06-09 22:00

    By Samaneh Aboutalebi

    Historical sites losing heritage status; who’s to blame?

    Every year, a number of historical monuments in Iran lose their place on the National Heritage list. Some are also at risk of losing their prestigious UNESCO status.

  • World Oceans Day 2020-06-08 18:23

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    World Oceans Day: get united to protect precious waterbodies

    TEHRAN – Oceans are valuable water bodies in terms of food supply and climate issues, covering 71 percent of the planet's surface equaling 361 million square kilometers, but they, like other biological components on the planet, have been affected severely due to oxygen depleting factors.

  • Travelers sit overlooking the UNESCO-registered Imam Square in Isfahan, central Iran. 2020-06-01 19:09

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Iran’s trump cards to kick-start tourism in post-COVID-19 world

    TEHRAN – As you are well aware, the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus has plunged the travel and tourism industry in the global scene, disrupting life in ways that were unimaginable just a few months ago.