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Beyond Spring Cleaning: Tapestries Get 16 Years of Grooming

March 24, 2017 by · Comments Off on Beyond Spring Cleaning: Tapestries Get 16 Years of Grooming 

ingVOA – Think your home furnishings are a dust magnet? New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine just spent 16 years cleaning and conserving its rare, supersize wall hangings. Now the historic house of worship is inviting the public to enjoy the fruits of its labor – “The Barberini Tapestries, Scenes from the Life of Christ,” which once graced the Vatican and European palaces. They were designed by baroque master Giovanni Francesco Romanelli; created by weavers for Francesco Barberini, the nephew of Pope Urban VIII, from 1644 to 1656; and donated to the cathedral in 1891, a year before its cornerstone was laid.

Iran Steps Up Supplies to Houthis, Including ‘Kamikaze’ Drones

March 22, 2017 by · Comments Off on Iran Steps Up Supplies to Houthis, Including ‘Kamikaze’ Drones 

IranwebVOA – They are nicknamed “kamikaze” drones. Houthi forces and those aligned with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen are using them to target the missile-defense systems of Saudi-led coalition forces, weapons analysts say. According to a study by Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a London-based organization funded by the European Union to monitor the movement and use of conventional weaponry, Iran has been supplying Houthi forces and Saleh loyalists with weaponry since the start of the two-year conflict that has left 10,000 civilians dead and an estimated 40,000 injured. Among the weapons — unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), which CAR researchers say in their report released Wednesday have been supplied in batches to Houthi and Saleh’s forces.

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FBI Director Debunks Trump Claim that Obama Wiretapped Him

March 20, 2017 by · Comments Off on FBI Director Debunks Trump Claim that Obama Wiretapped Him 

FBIInvestigationwebVOA – FBI Director James Comey has debunked President Donald Trump’s explosive claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him in the weeks before last year’s presidential election and also confirmed that his agency is investigating whether Trump campaign aides criminally colluded with Russian interests to help Trump win.

“We don’t have any information that supports (Trump’s) tweets” claiming that Obama eavesdropped on him at his Trump Tower headquarters in New York, Comey told the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

Comey, the chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the country’s top criminal investigative agency, told the panel that because the counter-intelligence investigation of Russian efforts to interfere in the U.S. election is classified, “I cannot say more about what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining.”

But Comey said he has been authorized by the Justice Department to confirm that the FBI probe “includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”
Comey’s dramatic testimony came hours after Trump derided any suggestion that his campaign colluded with Russian interests to help him win the White House, saying it was an excuse “made up” by Democrats for losing the election.

In a string of messages on his Twitter account, Trump said that James Clapper, the director of national intelligence under former President Barack Obama, and others “stated that there is no evidence” that he had joined with Moscow to help his cause. “This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!” Trump declared.

وزارت‌خارجه آمریکا: شهروندان ایران و پنج کشور دوباره می‌توانند برای ویزا اقدام کنند

March 18, 2017 by · Comments Off on وزارت‌خارجه آمریکا: شهروندان ایران و پنج کشور دوباره می‌توانند برای ویزا اقدام کنند 

Visawebوزارت خارجه آمریکا در اطلاعیه ای گفت که سفارتخانه ها و کنسولگری های این کشور همچنان به رسیدگی به درخواستهای ویزا از سوی اتباع شش کشوری که در فرمان اجرایی دونالد ترامپ آمده اند، ادامه می دهند. وبسایت سفارت مجازی ایالات متحده در ایران در اطلاعیه ای درباره فرمان اجرایی ریاست جمهوری آمریکا درباره صدور ویزای این کشور ضمن اشاره به رای جداگانه دادگاه فدرال دو ایالت هاوایی و مریلند که وزارت خارجه را از اجرای بخش هایی از فرمان اجرایی ترامپ منع می کند، نوشت «از آنجا که فرمان اجرایی هنوز به مرحله اجرا در نیامده بود، سفارتها و کنسولگریهای آمریکا همچنان به رسیدگی به درخواستهای ویزای شهروندان شش کشور[تعیین شده در فرمان اجرایی] همانند قبل ادامه می دهند و وزارت امور خارجه اعمال بندهای فرمان اجرایی را بر اساس دستورهای مربوطه دادگاهها تعلیق می کند.» وبسایت سفارت مجازی ایالات متحده در ایران این اطلاعیه را شامگاه پنجشنبه ۱۶ مارس منتشر کرد.

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Once a US Soldier, Iranian Immigrant Now Serves Veterans

March 17, 2017 by · Comments Off on Once a US Soldier, Iranian Immigrant Now Serves Veterans 

SolgerswebVOA – Assal Ravandi knows service. First, as a soldier in the United States Army in Afghanistan. Now, as a soldier for soldiers at the organization she founded – Academy of United States Veterans. But Ravandi insists that her service has not been selfless. “Serving has always made me feel good and therefore, I consider it to be a self-serving act in a way, while it’s still helping others,” she said. “So, service was something that I thought I would end up doing one way or another.” Born in Tehran, Iran, Ravandi came with her family to the United States at age 13. She thinks her decision, years later, to join the United States Army was partly inspired by the life she left. “I come from a place where people get killed, prosecuted, imprisoned for every ounce of freedom that they want in life,” she said, “and at the end, when all the blood is shed, and all the people that are imprisoned – you still don’t have it.”

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سرکوب رسانه‌ها و روزنامه‌نگاران در ایران در آستانه سال نو

March 17, 2017 by · Comments Off on سرکوب رسانه‌ها و روزنامه‌نگاران در ایران در آستانه سال نو 

Reporterwebگزارش‌گران بدون مرز در تازه‌ترین اطلاعیه خود بازداشت مراد ثقفی و علی احمدی‌نیا را محکوم کردند. رضا معینی رئیس بخش ایران این سازمان در گفت‌وگو با دویچه وله درباره آخرین وضعیت روزنامه‌نگاران زندانی توضیحاتی داد. گزارش‌گران بدون مرز در اطلاعیه‌ای که در روز جمعه ۲۷ اسفند (۱۷ مارس) صادر کردند “سرکوب رسانه‌ها و روزنامه‌نگاران در ایران” را به شدت محکوم کردند. این نهاد بین‌المللی که مقر آن در پاریس است، اعلام کرد که فقط در ظرف هفته گذشته دست‌کم سه روزنامه‌نگار در ایران بازداشت شده‌اند.

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Scientists Reverse Type 2 Diabetes with Intensive Medical Treatment

March 16, 2017 by · Comments Off on Scientists Reverse Type 2 Diabetes with Intensive Medical Treatment 

diabetikerwebVOA – Scientists have reversed Type 2 diabetes in a study of patients who underwent intensive medical treatment to control their blood sugar levels. By following a regimen of strict diet, exercise and medications, up to 40 percent of the participants managed to stay in remission for three months after stopping their medication. The research was conducted by investigators at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Researchers divided 83 individuals with Type 2 diabetes into three groups. Two of the groups received intensive metabolic intervention that included a personalized meal plan that cut their daily caloric intake by 500 to 750 calories per day. They were also given an individualized exercise plan, met with a dietitian regularly and took medication and insulin at bedtime to help control blood glucose.

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۱۰ مکان دیدنی ایران به جای مسافرت به شهرهای بزرگ در نوروز

March 16, 2017 by · Comments Off on ۱۰ مکان دیدنی ایران به جای مسافرت به شهرهای بزرگ در نوروز 

IranNowrouzCorrectwebبی بی سی فارسی – این روزها خانواده‌های ایرانی به رسم سنت قدیمی خود را آماده ورود سال نو می‌کنند و کم نیستند کسانی که در تدارک گذراندن ایام تعطیلات در خارج از شهر محل سکونت می‌کنند. بعضی از رسانه‌های خبری در ایران از افزایش قیمت تورهای داخلی در آستانه تعطیلات نوروز خبر داده‌اند که علت آن “افزایش سالانه قیمت هتل‌ها” عنوان شده است. بسیاری از کسانی که در ایام نوروز قصد مسافرت دارند عموما شهرهای بزرگ را انتخاب می‌کنند که با توجه به حجم تقاضای نوروزی هزینه آن‌ها کم نیست. اما در سال‌های اخیر تقاضای برای بازدید مناطق غیر شهری ایران چه در قالب تورهای ترکیبی( متشکل از چندین شهر و روستا) و چه به صورت مستقل افزایش یافته است. در این مطلب بدون هیچ اولویت و ترتیب خاصی ده منطقه ایران با بافت روستایی که می‌تواند جایگزین سفر به شهرهای بزرگ شود آورده شده است.

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حداقل دستمزد سال ۹۶: ۹۳۰ هزار تومان

March 15, 2017 by · Comments Off on حداقل دستمزد سال ۹۶: ۹۳۰ هزار تومان 

minimalwabwageswebزمانه – شورای عالی کار در پی یک نشست طولانی که سه‌شنبه بعدازظهر آغاز و بامداد چهارشنبه، ۲۵ اسفند پایان یافت، حداقل دستمزد سال ۹۶ را ماهانه ۹۳۰ هزار تومان تعیین کرد. کمیته مزد این شورا هفته گذشته سبد معیشت خانواده را ۲ میلیون و ۴۸۹ هزار تومان اعلام کره بود. طبق مصوبه شورای عالی کار، حداقل دستمزد روزانه از ۲۷۰ هزار و ۷۲۲ ریال در سال‌ جاری به ۳۱۰ هزار ریال در سال ۱۳۹۶ افزایش پیدا کرده است. این مصوبه ۱۳ میلیون نفر را که زیر پوشش قانون کار قرار دارند در برمی‌گیرد.

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FBI Official to Tech Word: Try to Understand Us

March 14, 2017 by · Comments Off on FBI Official to Tech Word: Try to Understand Us 

CancernbreasetwebBBC – Around 10,000 women a year in the UK might benefit from a new type of breast cancer treatment, say scientists. Biological therapies can help fight breast cancers caused by rare, inherited genetic errors like the BRCA one actress Angelina Jolie carries. Now a new study by experts at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute suggests these targeted drugs may also work in many other women who do not have these risky genes.

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