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An Iranian girl wearing a costume inspired in the fictional folklore character Hajji Firuz, dances in Tehran on March 17, 2021 as Iranians prepare to celebrate Noruz, the Iranian New Year. Noruz, “new day” in Persian, is the New Year festivity celebrated in Iran as well as in Afghanistan and Kurdish regions in several countries. It begins with the spring equinox and symbolises rebirth. (Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP Photo)

An Iranian girl wearing a costume inspired in the fictional folklore character Hajji Firuz, dances in Tehran on March 17, 2021 as Iranians prepare to celebrate Noruz, the Iranian New Year. Noruz, “new day” in Persian, is the New Year festivity celebrated in Iran as well as in Afghanistan and Kurdish regions in several countries. It begins with the spring equinox and symbolises rebirth. (Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP Photo)
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20 Mar 2021 10:35:00
An Iranian girl walks past a mural with Iran's national flag in a street in Tehran, Iran, 03 December 2020. Iranian president Rouhani said that his government does not agree with the parliament's draft bill to quit the nuclear deal, to reduce nuclear commitment and to increase nuclear activities. The development comes after the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh earlier this week. (Photo by Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA/EFE/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

An Iranian girl walks past a mural with Iran's national flag in a street in Tehran, Iran, 03 December 2020. Iranian president Rouhani said that his government does not agree with the parliament's draft bill to quit the nuclear deal, to reduce nuclear commitment and to increase nuclear activities. The development comes after the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh earlier this week. (Photo by Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA/EFE/Rex Features/Shutterstock)
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28 Jan 2021 10:31:00
Iranian girls wearing face masks walk in Tehran, Iran, 02 November 2020. According to the Iranian Health ministry, Iran reported its highest daily COVID-19 death toll and infections by announcing 440 deaths and 8,289 new infections in past 24 hours in what appears to be a third wave of COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA/EFE)

Iranian girls wearing face masks walk in Tehran, Iran, 02 November 2020. According to the Iranian Health ministry, Iran reported its highest daily COVID-19 death toll and infections by announcing 440 deaths and 8,289 new infections in past 24 hours in what appears to be a third wave of COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA/EFE)
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02 Dec 2020 00:03:00
Twenty-four-year-old Maryam Aghayee makes hyper-realistic baby dolls acting as surrogates for some Iranian families who are apprehensive of having more children. “It has been about three or four months since I started this work”, says Maryam in Tehran, Iran on October 7, 2020. “After making my second doll, many orders have been coming in. The second doll was much more realistic than the previous one. After making my second doll, I said that from now on I can take customer orders. I did not intend to start a business from the beginning because it was a hobby, but after the second doll, the demand for these kinds of dolls increased, customers want to have such dolls”. (Photo by Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via Reuters)

Twenty-four-year-old Maryam Aghayee makes hyper-realistic baby dolls acting as surrogates for some Iranian families who are apprehensive of having more children. “It has been about three or four months since I started this work”, says Maryam in Tehran, Iran on October 7, 2020. “After making my second doll, many orders have been coming in. The second doll was much more realistic than the previous one. After making my second doll, I said that from now on I can take customer orders. I did not intend to start a business from the beginning because it was a hobby, but after the second doll, the demand for these kinds of dolls increased, customers want to have such dolls”. (Photo by Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via Reuters)
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25 Oct 2020 00:01:00
Faithful wearing face mask pray during the Arafah prayer ceremony ahead of Eid al-Adha, at the Tehran university’s mosque in Tehran, Iran, 30 July 2020. Iran will not hold the Eid al-Adha prayers and ceremonies over the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis in the country. (Photo by Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA/EFE)

Faithful wearing face mask pray during the Arafah prayer ceremony ahead of Eid al-Adha, at the Tehran university’s mosque in Tehran, Iran, 30 July 2020. Iran will not hold the Eid al-Adha prayers and ceremonies over the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis in the country. (Photo by Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA/EFE)
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16 Sep 2020 00:05:00
Iranian athlete Maryam Toosi practises on the rooftop of her apartment building following  the closure of sports facilities as part of measures aimed at containing the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Iran's capital Tehran on May 19, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has forced the world's athletes to keep fit in confinement. The novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of nearly 7,200 people in Iran, making it the deadliest outbreak in the Middle East. The government ordered the closure of sports facilities in mid-March as part of measures aimed at containing the virus. (Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP Photo)

Iranian athlete Maryam Toosi practises on the rooftop of her apartment building following the closure of sports facilities as part of measures aimed at containing the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Iran's capital Tehran on May 19, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has forced the world's athletes to keep fit in confinement. The novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of nearly 7,200 people in Iran, making it the deadliest outbreak in the Middle East. The government ordered the closure of sports facilities in mid-March as part of measures aimed at containing the virus. (Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP Photo)
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29 Jul 2020 00:01:00
Iranians wearing face masks against the Covid-19 coronavirus attends Laylat al-Qadr prayers, one of the holiest nights during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, outside a mosque in the Tehran, on May 13, 2020. (Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP Photo)

Iranians wearing face masks against the Covid-19 coronavirus attends Laylat al-Qadr prayers, one of the holiest nights during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, outside a mosque in the Tehran, on May 13, 2020. (Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP Photo)
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28 May 2020 00:01:00
A cleric and a woman pray behind a closed door of Masoume shrine in the city of Qom, some 80 miles (125 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Monday, March 16, 2020. On Monday, Iran closed the Masoume shrine, a major pilgrimage site in the city of Qom, the epicenter of the country's new coronavirus outbreak. Authorities were already restricting access and barring pilgrims from kissing or touching the shrine, but it had remained open. (Photo by AP Photo)

A cleric and a woman pray behind a closed door of Masoume shrine in the city of Qom, some 80 miles (125 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Monday, March 16, 2020. On Monday, Iran closed the Masoume shrine, a major pilgrimage site in the city of Qom, the epicenter of the country's new coronavirus outbreak. Authorities were already restricting access and barring pilgrims from kissing or touching the shrine, but it had remained open. (Photo by AP Photo)
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23 Mar 2020 00:01:00