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  • Picture depicts the ruins of Vakili Mansion in Neyshabour, northeast Iran, June 19, 2017. 2017-06-20 22:00

    Historic Vakili Mansion needs refurbishment

    Picture depicts the historic Vakili Mansion in Neyshabour, northeast Iran, June 19, 2017.

  • Zoroastrians 2017-06-18 11:33

    Zoroastrians gather at Pir-e-Sabz shrine 

    The Zoroastrian community annually gathers at Pir-e-Sabz, a Zoroastrian temple situated in Yazd, central Iran, to practice specific rituals and traditions. 

  • Chinese warships 2017-06-17 16:17

    Chinese warships join Iranian fleet in Persian Gulf

    On Thursday Chinese warships berthed at Iran’s port city of Bandar Abbas in the Persian Gulf. The Chinese flotilla consists of two warships, a support vessel and a helicopter. After a four-day stay in Iranian waters the flotilla will hold war games with Iranian warships on Sunday. ISNA/ Amirhosein Khorgooi

  •  2018 World Cup 2017-06-14 12:08

    Iranians celebrate World Cup berth on the streets 

    TEHRAN- Iranians celebrated booking a place in the 2018 World Cup for the fifth time on the streets Monday night. Iran defeated Uzbekistan 2-0 in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium and advanced to successive FIFA World Cups for the first time in their history. Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi scored for Team Melli to cement Iran’s lead at the top of Group A with two matches left.

  • A man bears hug a bunch of rhubarb plants he has just harvested on the steep hillsides of Mount Binalud near the city of Nishapur in northeast Iran, June 5, 2017. 2017-06-13 09:49

    Full-grown rhubarb plants adorn Mount Binalud

    A man has just picked a bunch of rhubarb plants grown on the steep hillsides of Mount Binalud near the city of Neyshabur in northeast Iran, June 5, 2017.

  • Iftar 2017-06-12 20:37

    Iftar show in Tehran streets

    A large number of people come together every iftar in the fasting month of Ramadan in Tehran streets. Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan, and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. In Iran, a select of foods is cooked to break the fast at Maghrib time (just after sunset) and is summarily followed by a proper Persian meal. Tasnim/ M.Sadegh Nikgostar

  • An Iranian woman shepherds a small herd of cows in the mountainous Sarash Village in the central district of Lahijan County, Gilan Province on June 6, 2017. 2017-06-11 10:03

    Sarash Village home to warm, hospitable people

    An Iranian woman shepherds a small herd of cows in the mountainous Sarash Village, northern Gilan province, on June 6, 2017.

  • Masal 2017-06-10 16:00

    Masal; the green roof of Iran

    The city of Masal in Iran’s northern province of Gilan includes two parts of Masal and Shanderman which both feature the natural tourist attractions. The green roof is not dominated by villa constructors and dealers yet and has still preserved its beauty and peace. The beautiful city with over 70,000 hectares of forests and pastures is a well-worth destination. ISNA/ Pouria Pakizeh

  • Martial arts 2017-06-09 10:19

    Martial arts on the distaff side

    TEHRAN – A gaggle of females, called Ninja, are seen practicing marshal arts in Boroujerd, western Iran.  In doing so, they have already challenged traditional concepts of femininity in a context, where women’s sports is not usual.  

  • Quran recitation 2017-05-31 12:07

    Quran recitation during Ramadan 

    Recitation of the Holy Quran is a national ritual practiced particularly during the fasting month of Ramadan. The picture depicts Muslim observers in the shrine of Mohammad Helal Ibn-e Ali (AS), in Aran va Bidgol, a small town in Isfahan Province, central Iran. People recite the Holy Quran right after their morning prayer.  In recent years, Aran va Bidgol is well-known as “an exemplary Quranic city” for having had prominent activities in Islamic teachings. Fars/ Mahdi Marizad

  • Borage 2017-05-30 12:05

    Borage harvest season in northern Iran 

    TEHRAN- Borage, also known as a starflower, is a medicinal herb and now it is in season. Local farmers in Gilan province that lies along the Caspian Sea in northern Iran are busy harvesting it. 

  • Iranian ophthalmologist Behnam Ghaffarzadeh examines a duck that has just undergone cataract extract at the surgeon’s office in Tabriz, northwest Iran, on May 25, 2017. 2017-05-29 09:44

    Duck undergoes cataract surgery in Tabriz

    Iranian ophthalmologist Behnam Ghaffarzadeh examines a duck that has just undergone cataract extraction at the surgeon’s office in the northwestern city of Tabriz, May 25, 2017.

  • off-road 2017-05-28 12:10

    Intl. off-road competition held in Qazvin

    The second edition of the international off-road competition was held in Qazvin, located in 150 km northwest of Tehran, Capital of Iran.

  • cleaning mosques 2017-05-27 10:27

    Muslim clean mosques in run-up to Ramadan  

    A few days prior to the fasting month of Ramadan, Muslims get into the ritual of cleaning and dusting community mosques to welcome the holy month. 

  • Khorramshahr 2017-05-26 10:25

    Wartime sign now a symbol of resistance

    A sign in Khorramshahr, southern Iran, reads “welcome to Khorramshahr, 36-million population.”  The sign dates back to the 1980s when Iraq invaded Iran and captured Khorramshahr for 578 days. A small city, Khorramshahr was liberated May 24, 1982, when millions of Iranians took to streets to victoriously celebrate the liberation. 

  • paddy fields 2017-05-24 13:50

    Rice planting at paddy fields in northern Iran

    Female farmers work on paddy fields planting rice after the fields are ploughed in the northern city of Rasht.  Planting season begins in mid-spring when the weather gets warm in the region. Rice seeds are first planted close together in one flooded paddy and grows into seedlings that will be transplanted into paddy fields.

  • Iran Volleyball 2017-05-22 14:41

    Iranian volleyball players take selfie ahead of Poland match

    Iranian volleyball players took on-pitch selfie ahead of their friendly match against Poland Saturday night. Iran lost to powerhouse Poland in straight sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-23) in front of 11,000 cheering fans in Katowice. Igor Kolakovic had already defeated Montenegro twice and earned a victory over Slovenia and lost to them once in the past two weeks. The Iranian team are preparing for the FIVB World League 2017.  

  • iran volleyball team 2017-05-21 17:41

    Iran volleyball team lose to Poland in friendly

    Iran volleyball team lost to powerhouse Poland in straight sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-23) in front of 11,000 cheering fans in Katowice Saturday night.

  • A selfie of victory 2017-05-21 14:40

    A selfie of victory

    A young Iranian couple take a selfie after Hassan Rouhani was reelected president on May 19, 2017. Rouhani, who represented moderates and reformers in the campaigns, won 23.5 million (or 57 percent) of the total vote, while his closest rival, Ebrahim Raisi, received 15.7 million (38.5 percent), the Interior Ministry announced on Saturday. Tehran Times/ Behnam Sahvi

  • men’s synchronized 3m springboard diving 2017-05-20 15:37

    Iranian divers win gold at Synchronized 3m Springboard 

    Iran’s representatives Shahnam Nazarpour and Mojtaba Valiporu (334.08 points) won a gold medal of the men’s synchronized 3m springboard diving at the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku.

  • Jamkaran Mosque 2017-05-13 11:52

    Iranians celebrate birth anniversary of Imam Mahdi

    Thousands of Iranians gathered at Jamkaran Mosque, Qom, on Friday to celebrate the birth anniversary of Imam Mahdi, the twelfth Shiite imam.  Imam Mahdi - who Shi'ites believe was a descendent of the Prophet who went into hiding 1,000 years ago and will return to establish global Islamic rule before the end of the world. 

  • Nomadic life in northern Iran 2017-05-11 13:19

    Nomadic life in northern Iran

    A nomad shows love for a kid in northern Iran. Mizan/ Behrouz Khasravi

  • Rose 2017-05-10 11:21

    Rose harvest season in southern Iran

    Harvesting Damask rose, known as Gol-e Mohammadi in Iran, is an annual practice in Meymand, a city in the southern province of Fars.  The city produces over 10,000 tons of rose water out of the flower, accounting for over 60 percent of Iran’s rose water export.  Iranians use Damask rose in cooking, tea serving, and celebrations in its various forms, although it doesn’t play much part in the Western societies.  The flowers are also renowned for their fine fragrance, and are commercially harvested for extracting rose water and oil.

  • tea 2017-05-09 12:33

    Picking tea leaves in north of Iran

    Farmers are picking tea leaves in Lahijan, a city in the northern province of Gilan, May 8, 2017. Tea is cultivated on around 6,800 hectares of land in Lahijan and farmers harvest some 20,000 tons of green tea leaves per annum.  HJ

  • Clusters of natives and travelers mark the national Shiraz Day during their visit to Hafezieh where Hafez, an illustrious 14th-century Persian poet, is laid to rest in the southern Iranian city on May 2017-05-05 21:03

    Iran marks national Shiraz Day

    Clusters of people mark the national Shiraz Day during their visit to Hafezieh where Hafez, an illustrious 14th-century Persian poet, is laid to rest in the southern Iranian city on May 5, 2017.

  • IKCO 2017-05-03 13:41

    IKCO launches new production lines

    TEHRAN-An assembly line worker installs the emblem of a Dena Plus, an all-Iranian sedan, at its production line which was launched at Iran Khodro Company (IKCO) on May 2, 2017.

  • International Workers Day 2017-05-02 15:24

    International Workers Day marked in Iran 

    TEHRAN - An Iranian worker holds a placard in his hand, which reads “Happy workers day,” May 1, 2017.  Each year, people across the globe take to the streets to commemorate International Workers' Day, or May Day.  In dozens of countries, May Day is an official holiday, and for labour rights campaigners it is particularly important. In the late-19th century, socialists, communists and trade unionists chose May 1 to become International Workers' Day.

  • A cluster of pilgrims walk in a scenic mountainous route that leads to the shrine of Khalid Nabi in Golestan province near the border with Turkmenistan, April 29, 2017. 2017-05-01 09:22

    Khalid Nabi shrine where faith and beauty meet

    A cluster of pilgrims walk in a scenic mountainous route that leads to the shrine of Khalid Nabi in Golestan province near the border with Turkmenistan, April 29, 2017. The modest shrine, surmounted by a tiny cone-shaped dome, is seen in the foreground atop a greenish pick.

  • Ashiqlar Music Festival 2017-04-28 19:32

    Tabriz hosts Ashiqlar Music Festival

    A group performs during the 3rd Ashiqlar Music Festival at the Tabriz Culture House in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz on April 26, 2016. 

  • A ceramic tilework bearing historical themes embellishes an exterior wall of the Takieh Mo’aven al-Molk, a distinctive Shiite shrine, in western Iranian city of Kermanshah, April 25, 2017. 2017-04-27 12:46

    Mo’aven al-Molk, a distinctive Shia shrine

    A ceramic tilework bearing historical themes embellishes an exterior wall of the Takieh Mo’aven al-Molk, a distinctive Shia shrine, in western Iranian city of Kermanshah, April 25, 2017.