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December 2, 2012 | By John Horn
Ben Affleck considered shooting some of "Argo" in Iran but decided it was too dangerous. So he shot in Turkey and Los Angeles instead, where he sometimes found it difficult to cast expatriated Iranians to play the revolutionaries who overtook the American Embassy at the film's opening.  In this excerpt from the Envelope Screening Series, Affleck, who directed, produced and stars in the drama about the rescue of six Americans in the middle of...
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2013 | By Susan King
Shohreh Aghdashloo, the first Iranian actress to be nominated for an Academy Award, will be honored at the sixth Noor Iranian Film Festival, which takes place Oct. 18-24. Aghdashloo, who earned a supporting actress Oscar nomination for 2003's "House of Sand and Fog," will receive the NIFF Achievement Award at the closing night ceremonies at the Skirball Cultural Center.  Producer Hawk Koch, president of the Producers Guild of America who just completed a year as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will present the award.
WORLD
March 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
An Iranian refugee who had been living with her two children at Moscow's international airport for nine months has arrived in Vancouver. Zahra Kamalfar, who says she was jailed and beaten for demonstrating against Iran's government in 2004, burst out sobbing, then fainted Thursday when reunited with her brother, Nader, after nearly 14 years.
WORLD
May 3, 2002 | From Reuters
Iran's hard-line Revolutionary Court has summoned a top opposition leader who returned home from the U.S. two weeks ago despite a warrant for his arrest on charges of subversion. Ibrahim Yazdi, 70, an aide to the late supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and a former government minister, had been undergoing cancer therapy in the United States. He was ordered to return home last year to face charges of acting against state security.
WORLD
October 25, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - America's chief negotiator with Iran promised in a broadcast intended for Iranians that she will be a “fair, balanced” participant in talks over Tehran's nuclear program, despite her comment this month that “deception is part of the DNA” among Iranians. Facing criticism from hard-line news media and some lawmakers in Iran, Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman said Friday in an interview with Voice of America's Persian Service that her comments reflected American distrust of the Iranian government that has built up since the breach in relations after the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
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June 15, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - The stunning landslide election of Hassan Rowhani as Iran's next president highlighted a deep frustration among many Iranians about the direction of their country, especially an economy marred by skyrocketing prices, stagnant salaries and dwindling job opportunities. In explaining their vote for Rowhani, many spoke of change. They alluded not to hot-button international issues such as Iran's contentious nuclear program or its die-hard support of Syrian President Bashar Assad, but to the slumping economy that has been especially unforgiving on the young, among whom the unemployment rate reportedly tops 40%. "People want a change in the economic situation," said Saman Hasani, 26, an engineering student who was among many people honking car horns on the streets of Tehran on Saturday evening after the Interior Ministry confirmed Rowhani's victory.
WORLD
May 7, 2012 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN — On a recent trip to a city on the Persian Gulf, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stood in the back of a pickup as it made its way through a thick crowd clamoring for his attention when an older, disheveled man began to shout at him. "Ahmadinejad, I am hungry, Ahmadinejad, I am hungry," he pleaded desperately. The man banged on the pickup's front window to get the notice of the president, who leaned forward as the two exchanged a few words. A young woman then climbed onto the hood of the vehicle and told the leader, "I have problems.
NEWS
September 17, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Turkish authorities detained three Iranians found with a briefcase containing a sophisticated booby-trap device, police said Tuesday. They said the Iranians--two men and a woman--were seized at Ankara airport on Saturday as they tried to avoid passing the case through an X-ray machine on their way to board a plane to Turkish north Cyprus.
WORLD
January 9, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Syrian opposition fighters Wednesday released 48 Iranians captured in August in exchange for the freeing of at least 2,130 detainees held by President Bashar Assad's government, in the largest prisoner swap of the country's civil war, officials said. Meanwhile, Lakhdar Brahimi, the special envoy to Syria for the United Nations and Arab League, denounced the peace plan Assad unveiled this week as sectarian and one-sided, offering little hope that a diplomatic solution to the country's violence will be found any time soon.
WORLD
October 15, 2013 | By Paul Richter and Ramin Mostaghim
GENEVA - Iranian and U.S. diplomats held a rare one-on-one meeting Tuesday as six-power talks got underway at a United Nations palace. In another sign of easing tensions between Washington and Tehran, a team led by U.S. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman met with one led by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi for an hour Tuesday evening. It was only the second such U.S.-Iranian bilateral meeting in seven years of diplomatic efforts by a six-nation group that has been seeking to resolve the conflict over Iran's nuclear program.
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