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Hardliners Enraged by Avant-Garde Mosque

Sweeping modern architecture of Tehran house of worship doesn't go over well with everyone

(Newser) - A newly built avant-garde mosque in the heart of Iran's capital would have hard-liners shouting from the minarets—if there were any. The architects behind the Vali-e-Asr mosque dispensed with tradition, reports the AP , opting instead for a modern design of undulating waves of gray stone and concrete, which... More »

Iran Woman Beats Cleric Who Told Her to Cover Up

He's hospitalized for 3 days: report

(Newser) - En route to a local mosque, an Iranian cleric saw a woman he believed was inappropriately dressed, so he warned her to cover up. "You, cover your eyes," she replied, instead putting her dukes up and giving him a shove. "I fell on my back on the... More »

Ahmadinejad Caves to Hardliners, Cans Iran VP

Mashai felt unable to continue after Supreme leader's statement

(Newser) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad caved in to pressure from hardline clerics and the country's supreme leader today and allowed the resignation of his top deputy after a week-long standoff. For days, the president had resisted pressure to dismiss Esfandiar Rahim Mashai from the key post of first vice president. Mashai... More »

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