A Muslim Shia man, acting as the prophet Jesus, centre, and his apostles before the battle of Karbala, take part in the annual religious performance of “Taazieh” in the town of Noosh Abad near the central Iranian city of Kashan. The event marks the mourning period of Ashura which commemorates the killing of Imam Hussein, grandson of the prophet Mohammed.
US Secretary of State John Kerry walks to his plane after a private meeting with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on Friday
An Iranian woman holds an anti-US poster as she stands in front of a mural of the Statue of Liberty bearing the face of a skull on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran on Monday, during a demonstration to mark the 34th anniversary of the 1979 US embassy takeover.
Iranian Jewish men carry the Torah scroll out from a cupboard to be read during morning prayers at Yusef Abad synagogue in Tehran on Monday. Present for more than 2,500 years in Persia, Iranian Jews have lost more than 70 per cent of their 80,000 to 100,00 population who lived in Iran before the 1979 Islamic revolution. Today Iran is home to about 8,750 Jews, according to a 2011 census. They are scattered across the country, but are mostly in the capital Tehran, Isfahan in the centre and Shiraz in the south.
An Iranian woman walks past a mural showing a gun painted with an interpretation of the American flag on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran on Wednesday. Leaders from Iran and the United States have not met since the 1979 Islamic Revolution brought often open hostility to their contacts, particularly over Iran’s contested nuclear program.
A flag-draped coffin of a soldier killed during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war is held aloft by female mourners during a funeral ceremony in Tehran. The soldier’s remains were only recently recovered
Women at Eid al-Fitr prayers in Tehran, Iran, on Friday, to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan
Iranian police on Wednesday stand in front of a cloud of smoke during an incineration ceremony of about 100 tons of illicit drugs, an annual ritual in Tehran aimed at preventing drug trafficking and drug use. The drugs, mainly opium and morphine, were set ablaze in front of police and judiciary officials as well as a number of foreign dignitaries and UN officials
Iranian women show their inked fingers at a polling station during the Iranian presidential elections in the city of Shahre-Ray, Iran.
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An Iranian female supporter of Mohammad-Reza Aref, the former first vice-president who has withdrawn from the presidential election, sits surrounded by his electoral posters after the campaign rally in Tehran, Iran.