• Handicraft exports from Isfahan surge 27%, hit $40 million 2020-04-20 21:31

    Handicraft exports from Isfahan surge 27%, hit $40 million

    TEHRAN - Handicrafts exports from Isfahan province, long been home to talented artisans and craftspeople, reached $40 million during the past Iranian calendar year 1398 (ended March 20), showing 27 percent growth year on year.

  • Parliament open session 2020-02-24 16:15

    photo: Bahman Vakhshour

    Parliament open session

    In an open session on Monday, Iranian Parliament members discussed the general outlines of the government's proposed budget bill.

  • Majlis approves handicrafts are VAT-exempt 2020-01-15 18:44

    Majlis approves handicrafts are VAT-exempt

    TEHRAN – The Iranian parliament (Majlis) on Tuesday approved a bill to exempt craftspeople and handicraft producers from paying value-added tax (VAT).

  • Tourism ministry’s budget seen to rise by 11.8% 2019-12-09 19:13

    Tourism ministry’s budget seen to rise by 11.8%

    TEHRAN – The budget bill for the next Iranian calendar year (to start March 20, 2020) has proposed 13 trillion rials (about $310 million at the official rate of 42,000 rials) for the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts, an increase of 11.8 percent compared with the current year’s budget.

  • Iran one step closer to create ministry of tourism 2019-08-06 17:40

    Iran one step closer to create ministry of tourism

    TEHRAN – Iran has moved a step closer to form a ministry of cultural heritage, handicrafts and tourism, as its Guardian Council, which is empowered to vet legislation in the Islamic Republic, gave its approval on Monday.

  • Afghanistan election 2018/10/03

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Parliamentary polls another test for Afghan democracy

    TEHRAN - The campaigning for October 20 Afghan parliamentary polls quietly kicked off last week. Originally slated for 2015, the election has been repeatedly deferred due to the fragile security environment and national unity government’s lack of preparedness.

  • Afghanistan election 2018-09-29 23:48

    Afghan election campaigning kicks off

    TEHRAN - Ahead of the much-anticipated but long-delayed parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, campaigning finally kicked off on Friday amid growing concerns of violence and electoral fraud.

  • nation’s founder Mujibur Rahman's wife 2018-08-19 10:47

    Bangladesh PM accuses rival of killing nation’s founder

    TEHRAN - Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stirred hornet’s nest by claiming that arch-rival Khaleda Zia was involved in killing her father and nation’s founder Mujibur Rahman.

  • An interior view of the Iranian parliament 2018-08-01 18:41

    Iranian parliament votes for tourism ministry

    TEHRAN - Iranian lawmakers on Wednesday gave final approval to the establishment of cultural heritage, handicrafts and tourism ministry in a bid to support tourism industry.

  • Leader receives parliamentarians 2018-06-20 15:02

    Leader receives parliamentarians

    TEHRAN – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei received the speaker and representatives of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Parliament) on Wednesday morning, June 20, 2018./

  • Turkey 2017-04-18 02:39

    By Frida Ghitis

    Turkey's democracy died today

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared victory in a referendum over a new constitution that will make him far more powerful, potentially for many more years to come. The result, which the opposition is calling fraudulent, promises to make Turkey less democratic, more bitterly divided and more religious than ever.

  • Erdogan 2017-01-25 01:24

    By Noah Feldman

    Turkey's new constitution would end its democracy

    With all eyes on the U.S. as it inaugurates a new leader, Turkey is preparing to amend its constitution to make its president even more powerful than the American executive.

  • Antonio Tajani 2017-01-21 02:10

    An end to cosy consensus in the European Parliament

    Antonio Tajani’s election as president brings some welcome debate.

  • Turkey 2017-01-21 00:08

    By Michael Daventry

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan is about to make himself a virtual dictator in Turkey

    As you read this, a rapid and turbulent revolution is underway in Turkey. The country's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party is pushing proposals through parliament that would radically alter the system of government.