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An Iranian female supporter of Mohammad-Reza Aref, the former first vice-president who has withdrawn from the presidential election, sits surrounded by his electoral posters after the campaign rally in Tehran, Iran.
A female supporter of Iranian presidential candidate Saeed Jalili during an election campaign event at the Tehran University on Monday. Mr Jalili said that in case of an election victory he would make no compromise in the dispute over Iran’s controversial nuclear programme. Iran will hold presidential elections on June 14.
Female supporters with their children listen to a speech by Saeed Jalili, the Iranian presidential candidate, during an election campaign rally in the city of Arak on Thursday. Iran is to hold its presidential elections on June 14
An Iranian boy stands among worshippers during the weekly Muslim Friday prayers at Tehran University in the Iranian capital
Iranian Air Force members march during the Army Day parade in Tehran on Thursday. Islamic republic army commander general Ataollah Salehi said the Iranian army “alone” is able to destroy Israel, Tehran’s regional arch foe, on the sideline of Iran‘s annual Army Day.
People evacuate buildings and gather on the road as an earthquake tremor was felt in Karachi, Pakistan on April 16 2013. An earthquake described as the strongest to hit Iran in more than half a century flattened homes and offices near Iran’s border with Pakistan, killing at least tens of people in the sparsely populated region and swaying buildings as far away as New Delhi, Dubai and Bahrain.