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Official Denies Approval to Construction Projects Threatening Soltanieh Dome
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Zanjan Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department (ZCHTHD) director denied issuance of any permit by the ZCHTHD for construction projects threatening the Soltanieh Dome world heritage monument. ( 15:14:29 - 2009/01/14)

Iranian TV to Produce Tele-Theater on Sadi
TEHRAN (FNA)- A tele-theater series on the life of Sadi will be produced by Jaam-e Jam TV Network in four languages in near future. ( 14:23:25 - 2009/01/14)

Iran's First Confucius Institute Opens in Tehran
TEHRAN (FNA)- The first Confucius Institute in Iran, co-founded by Yunnan University of China and University of Tehran, officially opened in Tehran yesterday. ( 17:08:14 - 2009/01/13)

Iran Makes Choqa Zanbil Documentary
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian filmmaker Pejman Fakharian is making a documentary about Choqa Zanbil, the world's largest ziggurat located in Khuzestan Province. ( 15:34:41 - 2009/01/13)

Over 200 Foreign Scholars Head to Tehran's Persian Literature Congress
TEHRAN (FNA)- Over 250 Iranian and foreign scholars will attend the 6th International Congress of World Teachers of Persian Language and Literature, which will be held at the University of Tehran on January 14 and 15. ( 13:57:07 - 2009/01/13)

Last Savior Festival to Honor Reports on Islamic Resistance
TEHRAN (FNA)- The 2nd International Festival of the Last Savior is to honor the best reports with the central theme of saviorship, Islamic resistance and wilayat. ( 14:19:39 - 2009/01/11)

Iranian Poem Published in Book of Best Int'l Works
TEHRAN (FNA)- An acclaimed Australian-New Zealand publisher has published a book titled "My Village" featuring the best poems from a number of countries, including Iran. ( 13:58:44 - 2009/01/11)

Iranian Armed Forces Commemorate Imam Hossein Martyrdom Anniversary

TEHRAN (FNA)- Members of the Iranian armed forces, similar to millions of other Shiite citizens, took part in massive mourning ceremonies on Wednesday, marking the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hossein (AS). ( 17:27:11 - 2009/01/10)

Gilanis Blow Karna in Mourning Ceremonies of Ashura
TEHRAN (FNA)- The tradition of playing a musical instrument called the karna has long been practiced in the northern region of Gilan Province during the month of Muharram and on the day of Ashura (the day when Imam Hossein (AS) and his seventy-two companions were martyred on 10th of Muharram). ( 13:36:06 - 2009/01/10)

Shiite Pilgrims Commemorate Martyrdom Anniversary of Imam Hossein
TEHRAN (FNA)- Millions of Shiite Muslims rallied at holy sites of Karbala and Kadhmiyah for the annual religious ritual of Ashura on Wednesday amid tight security measures after a bomber killed 40 pilgrims a few days ago. ( 20:05:57 - 2009/01/07)

British Museum to Open Shah Abbas: The Remaking of Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- In February 2009, the British Museum will open the first major exhibition to explore the rule and legacy of Shah Abbas, one of the formative figures in the creation of modern Iran. ( 19:13:53 - 2009/01/06)

Tehran Holds Ashura Art Exhibitions
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Sa'adabad Cultural Complex has held art exhibitions in a bid to commemorate Ashura and the martyrdom of the third Shiite Imam. ( 17:02:24 - 2009/01/06)

Religious Plays Gaining Popularity in Iran Again
TEHRAN (FNA)- Traditional plays held during the month of Moharram, the first month of the lunar Islamic calendar, are growing in popularity once again throughout Iran. ( 16:57:03 - 2009/01/05)

UNESCO to Register More Iranian Sites in World Heritage List
TEHRAN (FNA)- UNESCO plans to award six more Iranian monuments world heritage certificates during 2009. ( 14:29:04 - 2009/01/05)

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