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Tehran fire: dozens of firefighters feared dead as tower collapses

The Guardian: At least 30 are believed killed and scores injured after blaze engulfs Plasco building, Iranian capital’s oldest high-rise

Tehran’s Plasco tower block collapses after blaze – video

Dozens of firefighters in Tehran are feared dead after the city’s oldest high-rise building caught fire and collapsed.

The 17-storey Plasco building, a landmark 1960s shopping centre in the heart of the Iranian capital close to the British embassy, caught fire in the early hours of Thursday, the flames initially engulfing upper floors before spreading throughout.

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Golshifteh Farahani: ‘Exile from Iran is like death’


Golshifteh Farahani-actrist

Golshifteh Farahani at the Venice Film Festival.

  •, – She was Iran‘s biggest film star. But when she bared her breast in a French video, she was banished from the country and became a lightning rod for the divisions in Iranian society

    In January of this year the parents of the exiled Iranian actor Golshifteh Farahani took a call at their apartment in Tehran from a man who said he was an official of the supreme court of the Islamic Republic. He began shouting at her father, telling him that his daughter would be punished, that her breasts would be cut off and presented to him on a plate.

    A few days earlier, Farahani had appeared in a short black-and-white video with 30 other “young hopes” of the French cinema to promote the Césars, the “French Oscars”, where she had been nominated for her role in the winsome immigrant comedy Si Tu Meurs, Je Te Tue (If You Die, I’ll Kill You). The promo had each actor take off an item of clothing as they stared into the camera to commit their “body and soul” to their art. Farahani chose to bare her right breast, saying: “I will put flesh to your dreams.”. Read more…

Iran 27 Dec 09 Tehran Hafez bridge, Protestor explains the situation an English


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