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  • تصادف و ترافیک شدید در محور مشهد به تربت حیدریه Today 02:10

    Car pile-up left one dead, 63 injured in northeast Iran

    At least one person has been killed and some 63 are wounded in a 130-car pile-up on a road leading to Mashhad, northeastern province of Khorasan Razavi, on Friday.

  • Nouruz in Snapshots Yesterday 21:30

    Noruz in Snapshot

    Aside from paying visit to the relatives and friends the two-week holidays are great opportunities to take trips to different cities and take advantage of the spring beauties.

  • An open-top double-decker tourist bus is seen before Azadi Tower in western Tehran on March 23, 2017. 2017-03-23 15:54

    Double-decker bus offers hop-on, hop-off tour in Tehran

    An open-top double-decker tourist bus is seen before Azadi Tower in western Tehran on March 23, 2017.

  • Soroush Razmi 2017-03-23 06:21

    Soroush Razmi

    Rebirth of a collective remembrance

    Nowruz is an ancestral festivity marking the beginning of spring and the renewal of nature.

  • An undated photo above shows people doing their new year shopping ahead of Noruz in Tehran. 2017-03-23 02:14

    UNESCO chief calls Noruz cradle of confidence, belonging for all

    TEHRAN - The head of the United Nations cultural agency has said that amid global challenges such as violent extremism, Noruz is a source of confidence and belonging for all.

  • Iranians pay respect to the graves of soldiers who were killed during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, in Mashhad. (Photo: Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua Press/Corbis) 2017-03-22 10:52

    Noruz in snapshot

    Iranians pay respect to the graves of soldiers who were martyred during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, in an undated photo in Mashhad. (Photo: Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua Press/Corbis)

  • An interior view of the historical Golestan Palace in the heart of Tehran 2017-03-21 18:48

    Intl. figures to celebrate Noruz at Golestan Palace

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization will host an international celebration of Noruz on March 26 at the historical Golestan Palace in downtown Tehran. 

  • سونامی دیر 2017-03-21 18:27

    2nd body found after rising sea water inundates Iran’s southern port

    TEHRAN – A second body was pulled from the coasts of Iran’s southern port city of Dayyer on Monday evening, while four other victims are still unaccounted for after huge waves cause by a sea tornado –known as Seiche- pounded the coastal city on March 19, an official said.

  • Turkmen nomads take part in a wedding ceremony in northern Iran. The upper part of Gonbad-e Qabus, a UNESCO-inscribed tower, is seen in the foreground. 2017-03-20 23:17

    Noruz in snapshot

    Turkmen nomads take part in a wedding ceremony in northern Iran. The upper part of Gonbad-e Qabus, a UNESCO-inscribed tower, is seen in the foreground.

  • Iranians, wearing red clothes and black make-up, as a symbol of the Iranian New Year, called Haji Firuz, sing and dance in a street, hoping to earn money from passers-by in northern Tehran  .(Photo: V 2017-03-20 11:42

    Noruz in snapshot

    Iranians, wearing red clothes and black make-up, as a symbol of the Iranian New Year, called Haji Firuz, sing and dance in a street, hoping to earn money from passers-by in northern Tehran .(Photo: Vahid Salemi/AP)

  • A view general of Tehran with snow-clad Alborz mountain range in the background 2017-03-20 11:41

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Time to see another face of Tehran during Noruz

    TEHRAN – Noruz, the ancient, national festive of the Iranians, is the right time for those who have been for long fancying being in Tehran.

  • سونامی دیر 2017-03-20 00:21

    Giant waves kill 1, injure 18 in southern Iran: official

    TEHRAN – Eighteen people were wounded on Sunday after a natural phenomenon called "Seiche" hit the Iranian port city of Dayyer in South, a provincial official said.

  • Green sprouts are sold in small clay containers at a market in Tehran for Noruz, the Persian New Year 2017-03-19 13:18

    Noruz in snapshot

    Green sprouts are sold in small clay containers at a market in Tehran for Noruz, the Persian New Year

  •  Men, wearing red clothes and black make-up, as a symbol of the Iranian New Year, called Haji Firuz, sing and dancea on a countryside road, northern Iran, hoping to earn money from passengers. 2017-03-19 13:13

    Haji Firuz & Amoo Noruz, the Persian troubadour & Santa Claus

    Haji Firuz, a troubadour sporting a red costume, black make-up and a tambourine and a red costume ushers in the Iranian New Year with a song and dance.

  • جمع آوری معتادان متجاهر و کشف مواد محترقه قاچاق در شیراز 2017-03-19 12:17

    Unprecedented $2.5b of smuggled goods seized in calendar year

    TEHRAN - An unprecedented 100 trillion rials (about $2.5 billion) of smuggled goods has been seized in the current Iranian calendar year, ending March 20, Qasem Khorshidi, spokesman of the Anti-Smuggling Headquarters said on Sunday.

  • عید نوروز خراسان شمالی 2017-03-18 12:50

    By Mehdi Sepahvand

    Iran’s rite of house cleaning before Noruz

    As the Noruz approaches, Iranians make attempt to renew their living environment. This is done by cleaning their houses spick and span in what is called “khooneh tekooni”. Iranians spend the few weeks to the New Year doing this. They remove the carpets, wash them, mop the floor, the walls, furniture, and everything else.

  • هفت سین 2017-03-17 16:29

    Iranian Haft-Seen tablecloth embellishes Wellington library

    TEHRAN - The central library of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, has put a Haft-Seen tablecloth on display as of Thursday to celebrate the ancient Noruz, IRNA reported.

  • Nouruz in Snapshots 2017-03-17 12:41

    Noruz in Snapshot

    People in Palangan historical village, western province of Kurdestan, celebrate Nowruz festivities every year by the beginning of the spring. The youngsters carry blazing torches around the village and at the same time some other start big fire on the other side of the village. The festivities finally end with people taking the torches outside the village and performing traditional dances. Tehran Times/ Aryan Nasrollahi

  • gary lewis, lake urmia 2017/03/16

    By Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative

    Lake Urmia comes back to life slowly but surely

    Life has returned to the dying Salt Lake in North-West Iran. The effort to restore what had been broken is succeeding.

  • National Museum of Iran Director Jebreil Nokandeh (L) and Shanghai Museum Director Yang Zhigang ink copies of an agreement in Tehran on March 12. 2017-03-15 21:54

    Tehran, Shanghai heritage museums set to broaden ties

    TEHRAN – Directors of the National Museum of Iran and the Shanghai Museum are set to widen ties in various spheres, as cultural interactions between the two countries are deeply rooted in time.

  • Noruz 2017-03-15 17:07

    By Ali Asghar Pahlavan 

    “Resolution Day” should be ‘institutionalized costume’ on the eve of Noruz Festival

    Noruz festival has been celebrated for thousands of years from the beginning of the history of ancient Persia, as some historians agree Noruz has eight thousands years antiquity.

  • Police, rescue forces prepared during Noruz holidays 2017-03-15 15:39

    Police, rescue forces prepared during Noruz holidays

    Traffic police as well as rescue and relief organizations are all prepared to offer services to the public during the Noruz holidays (March 15 to April 3). All relief and police forces would do their best to help citizens spend safe holidays. Some 30 helicopters will also offer aerial emergency services to the patients as well. Tasnim/ Erfan Kouchari

  • feast of charity 2017-03-15 09:23

    Tehraners donate $2m to feast of charity

    TEHRAN — Tehraners have made contributions of more than 80 billion rials (nearly $2 million) over a charity event called Jashn-e Nikoukari (the feast of charity) from March 8-10, Tehran Province’s Relief Foundation director said.

  • Traffic police, relief organizations all set for Noruz holidays  2017-03-14 17:53

    Traffic police, relief organizations all set for Noruz holidays

    TEHRAN — Traffic police and relief organizations are all primed to offer services to the public during the Noruz holidays (March 15 to April 3), the traffic police chief said on Tuesday.

  • A general view of the Burnt City, an archeological site located in Sistan-Baluchestan Province. 2017-03-14 09:27

    Sistan-Baluchestan to turn into tourist hub

    TEHRAN – Iranian tourism authorities seek to put a new face to Sistan-Baluchestan Province in a bid to turn the vast southeastern region into a tourist destination.

  • women's role 2017-03-13 19:25

    Women can promote purchase of made in Iran goods: female VP

    TEHRAN – Iranian women, especially mothers, play an essential role in encouraging families to buy Iranian made goods, Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi said here on Monday.

  • A man clad in a special outfit passes by a massive bunch of fire set to observe Chaharshanbeh-Suri, a time-honored Iranian ritual. 2017-03-13 18:41

    Chaharshanbeh-Suri: A fiery salute to New Year

    TEHRAN – Amongst final preparations to salute the Iranian New Year, people observe Chaharshanbeh-Suri, a deeply-rooted-in-time ceremony that, according to tradition, is a bid to ward off all the misfortunes and bad omens, hoping that wishes will come true.

  • Lake Urmia 2017-03-13 10:13

    By Erik Solheim and Gary Lewis

    A resurrection in the Middle East: Life has returned to a dying salt lake in northwest Iran

    Lake Urmia was once the second largest saltwater lake in the world. But years of man-made disruption — from 60 years of dam building to the massive overuse of feeder rivers — has diverted the natural flow of sweet water from the surrounding basin into the salty lake.

  • Delbar, female Asiatic cheetah, living in Pardisan Park (Photo by Farnaz Heidari) 2017-03-13 10:07

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Precious wildlife heritage in Tehran

    Koushki and Delbar considered are as the only two Asiatic Cheetahs in captivity all around the world. After facility outfit, Kushki had been transferred from Touran National Park, Semnan Province, and Delbar from Miandasht Wildlife Refuge, North Khorasan Province, to Asiatic Cheetah Research and Husbandry Headquarter in late 2014.

  • Airline grants 8-year-old boy’s wish 2017-03-12 14:16

    Airline grants 8-year-old boy’s wish

    Amir Hossein Taheri, an eight-year-old boy with mobility hardships has always dreamed of becoming a pilot. His wish was granted by a domestic airline and finally his dream of becoming a pilot came true. Tasnim/ Hossein Tahavori