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November 30, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Many paths led to the international agreement to temporarily curb Iran's nuclear program: secret meetings in Oman, formal negotiations in Geneva, and a quiet encounter in New York involving two diplomats and an exquisite silver chalice in the shape of a mythical winged creature. The latter session led in September to the return of the chalice to Iran, where officials hailed it as a gesture of friendship by the United States. The move was orchestrated by a mid-level diplomat at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations who devised a way to work around a 30-year absence in formal relations.
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February 19, 2014 | By Alexandra Sandels and Ramin Mostaghim
BEIRUT - A new, lesbian-themed music video by expatriate Iranian pop star Googoosh has sparked sharp debate among Iranians and controversy on social media forums in the Islamic Republic. It started on Valentine's Day when the video for Googoosh's latest song, "Behesht," or Heaven, dropped like a bombshell on the singer´s official Facebook page , which boasts more than 1,5 million followers. The video features a lesbian couple and seems to champion gay rights.  “I am scared of this doubt, I am scared of this blind alley,” Googoosh, 64, croons to the backdrop of a video showing a couple played by two well-known Iranian actresses.
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May 17, 2013 | By David Wharton
On the eve of an international wrestling meet at the Sports Arena, American officials remain at a loss to explain why the Iranian team - making its first visit to the U.S. since 2003 - has unexpectedly withdrawn and flown home. Los Angeles was supposed to be the second stop in a two-city tour. The Iranians competed in New York earlier this week. Iranian media reported Friday that team officials had security concerns and that U.S. officials refused to guarantee their safety on the West Coast.
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October 6, 2007 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
tehran -- Iran's president delivered fiery remarks Friday about Israel and his country's nuclear program on Quds Day, the annual event marking Muslim opposition to the Jewish state's control of Jerusalem. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used the occasion to criticize Israel's policies and Western laws that bar questioning the Holocaust. He repeated his suggestion that the West relocate Israel's Jewish population to "somewhere in Canada or Alaska."
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December 14, 2009 | By Ramin Mostaghim
Three Americans arrested while hiking along the Iran-Iraq border last summer will soon be put on trial, Iranian Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki said, accusing them of "dubious intent." U.S. citizens Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal and Sarah Shourd, all living in or visiting the Middle East, were arrested July 31 during what friends and family describe as a travel adventure in the picturesque mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan, which abuts Iran. A friend who was with them said they may have accidentally strayed across the Iranian border.
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October 15, 2007 | Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim, Special to The Times
Iranian authorities imprisoned one of their nation's most prominent human rights activists Sunday after he appeared at a court appointment, said his lawyer. Emadeddin Baghi, a writer who has campaigned vigorously against the death penalty in Iran, was taken during a hearing in Tehran's Revolutionary Court, which tries those charged with political crimes. Baghi's relatives said the court imposed a previously suspended one-year sentence on state security charges and denied bail.
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October 20, 2007 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
The head of Iran's law enforcement agency warned Friday of a renewed crackdown on Iranians who adhere to Western cultural ways. Esmail Ahmadi-Moghadam, chief of Iran's security forces, said pressure on "thugs and gangs" over the last six months had proved successful, and told Iranians to expect tougher enforcement of the Islamic Republic's moral codes.
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October 20, 2008 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
Iran's envoy to OPEC has been a busy guy. As oil prices plunged in recent weeks, Mohammad Ali Khatibi has been working the phones and traveling in a frenetic attempt to get the oil-producing cartel to agree to reduce supply to keep the price from dropping further. "I think the low price is a real damage to the future of production," he told media. Iran has reason to worry.
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December 14, 2009 | By Ramin Mostaghim
Three Americans arrested while hiking along the Iran-Iraq border last summer will soon be put on trial, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said, accusing them of "dubious intent." U.S. citizens Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal and Sarah Shourd, all living in or visiting the Middle East, were arrested July 31 during what friends and family describe as a travel adventure on the picturesque mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan, which abuts Iran. A friend who was traveling with them said they may have accidentally strayed across the Iranian border.
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October 8, 2008 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
An Iranian news agency issued a report Tuesday describing a confrontation between Iranian jet fighters and an aircraft with American military personnel on board, triggering confusion and jitters around the globe and denials by both governments. Late in the day, the news service backed down. The Fars News Agency, in an initial report carried widely by international media, said an American plane carrying five high-ranking U.S.
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