Iraqi Kurds celebrate Nowruz, the Persian new year

Iraqi Kurds holding lit torches walk up a mountain in the town of Akra, 500 kilometres north of Baghdad, during celebrations of Nowruz (Noruz), the Persian New Year. The Persian New Year is an ancient Zoroastrian tradition celebrated by Iranians and Kurds, which coincides with the vernal (spring) equinox and is calculated by the solar calendar.

Stolen ancient artefact returns from US to Iran museum

Iranians visit Tehran’s national museum after a twice-stolen ancient Persian artefact, approximately 25 centuries old, depicting the head of a soldier from a line of Immortal Guards, was returned to Iran following a New York court order. The limestone relief was handed over to Iran’s representative at the United Nations last month and was personally brought back to Iran by President Hassan Rouhani, returning from the UN General Assembly.

Generous gift: Persian rugs dedicated to World Cup 2018 unveiled

World famous Persian rug designs have been given a contemporary makeover for this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia. The stunning carpets feature woven images of Moscow side by side with historic sites in Iran, as seen in footage filmed in Tehran on Sunday. The carpets feature different designs, since they will be sent to a number of locations around the world, and be gifted to organisations including Astan Qods Razavi Museum in Mashhad, the Russian Football Union, and the Football Federation of Iran as well as to teams Iran will be facing at the tournament this summer.

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‘Zombie walk’ in Tel Aviv as part of Purim holiday

Participants take part in a “Zombie walk” in Tel Aviv as part of the Jewish holiday of Purim. The festivities involves parades and costume parties to commemorate the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to exterminate them in the ancient Persian empire 2,500 years ago, as described in the Book of Esther.

Afghanistan’s buzkashi horses prepare for battle

The rugged men of northern Afghanistan raise their buzkashi horses to be warrior princes, ready for the savagery of polo with a headless carcass. Mounts, like their riders, must be brave, strong and fast to compete in the traditional sport of buzkashi, which means “dragging the goat” in Persian.

Iran ‘successfully tests’ Simorgh space rocket

Iran successfully launched a satellite-laden Simorgh rocket from the Imam Khomeini National Space Centre, Thursday, coinciding with the official opening of the site. The rocket, also named Safir-2 or ‘Phoenix’ in Persian, can reportedly carry a 250-kilogram satellite. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8iwg

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VICE News Daily: Germany’s Dried Up Rivers

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Buenos Aires province floods, Ugandans struggle to find work, boat tours are canceled in Germany, and a ban on Iranian carpets may soon be lifted.

ARGENTINA
Heavy Rains Flood Buenos Aires Province
Thousands have been forced to evacuate to dry ground.

UGANDA
‘Lost Generation’ Struggles to Earn a Living
Many work low paying jobs due to a lack of vocational skills.

GERMANY
Drought Dries Up Shipping on Elbe River
Tour operators worry it will severely impact their profits this summer.

IRAN
Carpet Makers Hopeful for American Market
The recent nuclear agreement could lift a five-year U.S. ban on Persian rug imports.

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