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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a joint press conference  on March 9, 2014 in Tehran.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a joint press conference on March 9, 2014 in Tehran.

Zarif’s Facebook Fame Proves Fickle

Iran’s poetry-quoting Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is finding that Facebook friends can be fickle. Last year, Zarif, who has 858,000 fans, was lauded for his Facebook diplomacy, sharing his insights and even itinerary of his overseas online as nuclear...

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Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, waves to the audience before giving a speech at a public gathering in the city of Mashhad, Iran, on March 21, 2014.

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Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, waves to the audience before giving a speech at a public gathering in the city of Mashhad, Iran, on March 21, 2014.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Questions Holocaust — Again

With nuclear talks between Iran and world leaders progressing, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei focused on cultural wars to come in his Nowrouz speech at the city of Mashad. Last year, Khamenei, who said he doubted if nuclear talks could...

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Mohammad Khatami, former president of the Iran, left, and John Kerry during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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Mohammad Khatami, former president of the Iran, left, and John Kerry during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Iranian Leader Asks Eavesdroppers: Please Don’t Misquote Us

Is Iran becoming an Orwellian state under the watchful gaze of a Big Brother? Yesterday, former President Mohammad Khatami warned that state monitoring of citizens and electronic surveillance had become so prevalent that everyone assumes their conversations are being overheard....

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Tibetan spiritual leader in exile Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama.

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Tibetan spiritual leader in exile Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama.

‘Most Humble Person of the Year:’ Please Stand Up

It’s Friday, time to recognize some of our favorite tweeters, in a search for humility in short supply around Washington: The “throw-away” culture produces many bitter fruits, from wasting food to isolating many elderly people. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) October...

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Iranian president Hassan Rouhani waves to supporters as his motorcade leaves Tehran's Mehrabad Airport upon.

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Iranian president Hassan Rouhani waves to supporters as his motorcade leaves Tehran's Mehrabad Airport upon.

Rouhani Asks for U.S. Consistency – That Start at Home?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has often complained about conflicting policy statements from U.S. officials. Just last month, Rouhani told the United Nations General Assembly: “We expect to hear a consistent voice from Washington.” After the historic 15-minute telephone call between...

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif leaves a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, on Sept. 26, 2013.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif leaves a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, on Sept. 26, 2013.

Twitter Diplomacy, Facebook Friending: Iran, U.S., U.K. Engage

The new Iranian government, which took office only in August, is waging an asymmetric diplomatic battle against the West. Outnumbered and isolated over its nuclear program and support for Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad, Iran’s new leaders have taken to the world...

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A Jewish man comes out of a small synagogue, after prayers, on a Saturday morning, in Jubare, the old Jewish quarters of Isfahan, Iran.

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A Jewish man comes out of a small synagogue, after prayers, on a Saturday morning, in Jubare, the old Jewish quarters of Isfahan, Iran.

Tehran’s Twitter Diplomacy: Holocaust Denier Was the Last Guy

Twitter diplomacy, Tehran-style: Yesterday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wished Jews in his country and around the world a Happy New Year, sparking some optimism about a softer diplomatic style in Tehran. He was followed by the country’s foreign minister, Mohammad...

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a session of the Assembly of Experts in Tehran on September 3, 2013.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a session of the Assembly of Experts in Tehran on September 3, 2013.

Iranian President Wishes All Jews a ‘Blessed’ Rosh Hashanah

In stark contrast to his Holocaust-denying predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the newly elected leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, tweeted the following greeting for the Jewish New Year starting at sundown today: As the sun is about to...

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Iranian President elect, Hasan Rouhani, a former Iran's top nuclear negotiator, waves, from his bus, during his presidential election campaign tour to the western city of Sanandaj, Iran, on June 10, 2013.

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Iranian President elect, Hasan Rouhani, a former Iran's top nuclear negotiator, waves, from his bus, during his presidential election campaign tour to the western city of Sanandaj, Iran, on June 10, 2013.

Iranian Leader’s Tweets: Healing #Wound with U.S.

Could Iran be changing, 140 characters at a time? The Persian nation’s new president-elect, Hassan Rouhani, turns out to be a big fan of Twitter. @HassanRouhani, the account that purports to be Rouhani’s and is seen as legitimate by many...

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