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5 dishes you must try from Turkey's Black Sea coast

Home to some of Turkey's most stunning scenery, the Black Sea is also where some of the country's favourite dishes originated. Chef John …

Washington, D.C. City Life

See Washington, D.C. photos in this gallery from National Geographic’s Ultimate City Guide for Washington, D.C.

Iran,Islamic State (Isis),Iraq,US foreign policy,US defence spending,United Nations,Middle East and North Africa,Saudi Arabia,Arms trade<p>An internal Iranian report says Tehran has gained credibility from supporting Iraq’s fight against Isis despite UN ban on Iranian weapons exports, but that Tehran …

Middle East

Former Kansas Congressman Returns from Iran with a Message

<b>by David Shams</b><p>“Imagine a positive relationship with Iran. Imagine what that might mean for the Middle East,” former US Congressman Jim Slattery said …

Iran MPs wear medical face masks to protest air pollution

Iranian lawmakers wore medical face masks in parliament on Sunday in a show of solidarity with residents of their areas battling pollution from strong sandstorms.<p>Sixteen MPs from the western provinces of Khuzestan, Ilam and Kermanshah donned the masks to draw awareness to the plight of their …

Pollution

How Art Heals the Wounds of War

In making a mask, soldiers who suffer brain injuries put a face to their pain.<p>The cover of the February issue of National Geographic shows retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. Aaron Tam holding a mask that exposes a brain. It's a representation of Tam's own brain, a brain subjected to more than 300 blast …

Climbing On Mount Denali

Photos

Iranian officials say foreign minister told John Kerry failure to reach deal is likely to lead to political demise of president<p>Iran’s foreign minister has warned the US that failure to agree a nuclear deal was likely to herald the political demise of pragmatist president Hassan Rouhani, Iranian …

South Asia

Time to Stop the Circus and Focus on Iran

I have recently written about the enormously high stakes involved in getting the Iran nuclear issue right. There is a broad consensus on this and on the dangers of a nuclear armed Iran. Yet, as the clock winds down on negotiations between Iran and the P-5+1, important differences in just how to …

1978: one last fling in Iran before the revolution

Mike and Jenny were waiting for me in the steaming snarl of traffic on Roosevelt Avenue. My younger brother and sister were on vacation from high school in the States and I was going awol from my job teaching English at an ESL Institute.<p>I brandished the wad of cash I’d wrested from my lecherous …

Graduate School

Photograph: The Tehran Bureau<p>Lord Confectionary, Villa Street, Tehran<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/1/1422805352582/d666d6de-35cc-4e22-b760-b1b337fea312-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: The Tehran Bureau<p>Lord Confectionary, Villa Street, …

Baking

The best and worst of worlds: Tehran's public hospital wards

In the early morning, families spread rugs, plastic bags or even cardboard in order to sit on the pavement. As they gather to prepare breakfast on portable gas stoves, the smell of fresh barbari and lavash bread fills the air and tomatoes sizzle in the pan for omelettes.<p>Behind them is the tall, …

Health Care

4 Foundational Habits Every Person Needs

“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”<p>~ John Dryden<p>Every person is different, but every person is human, meaning we all have things …

Snails slither their way on to the beauty scene as the next big thing in facials

The last time I encountered escargots, they were served sizzling in garlic and herb butter by a French waiter. Now one is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck to other parts of my face by a Thai beautician, all secreting snail slime to (hopefully) smooth out some …

Skin Care

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

Britain's oldest person celebrates 112th birthday

<b>The oldest person in Britain celebrates her 112th birthday, just three days after assuming the mantle.</b><p>Gladys Hooper, from Ryde on the Isle of Wight, became the country's oldest person on Thursday following the death of Ethel Lang, who was 114.<p>Mrs Hooper is the UK's most senior supercentenarian …

Norway Photos

See photos of Norway (including fjords, polar bears, Oslo, Lillehammer, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

European Travel

How to travel light (and live cheaply)

Shed your load and hit the road. Forget the laptops, party frocks and vast first aid kits - go back to basics and your experience will be liberating. …

Former New York Times Iranian Correspondent Details 'The Struggle For Modern Iran'

Support the news<p>Journalist Nazila Fathi grew up in Iran — and her childhood was shaped by the country's dramatic transformation. She was just 9 years …

Iran Has Never Been More Influential In Iraq

Shiite, non-Arab Iran has effectively taken charge of Iraq's defense against the Sunni radical group, meeting the Iraqi government's need for immediate help on the ground.<p>Two to three Iranian military aircraft a day land at Baghdad airport, bringing in weapons and ammunition. Iran's most potent …

8 Gadgets That Might Make Your Home Smarter Than You

New smart-home products, as part of the Internet of Things movement, aim to connect phones with just about everything.<p>In the near future, you may no longer need to remember to turn the oven off when the cake's done, switch on lights when you enter a room, or run the clothes dryer when electricity …

Smart Homes

7 super-chilled ice festivals

Shimmering with ice sculptures and frozen art, these jaw-dropping festivals deliver real winter wow-factor<p>1. Ice Music Festival<p><i>Geilo, Norway<br>21-24 Jan</i> …

4 Ways Living Abroad Changes You... Forever

It was in the summer of 2002 that we first decided to move abroad. The kernel of an idea was already there but, during those months, we began to grow an idea into reality.<p>One year later and our first stop was Vancouver, Canada, where I turned my back on the corporate world and returned to student …

Iran loses its drugs war

Zahedan is the capital of Seistan-Baluchistan province, at the eastern edge of Iran, bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan. At first sight it seems an …

The Lean Muscle Diet

Ignore the trendy, complex diet plans designed to shrink your wallet and not your gut. To build the body you've always wanted, live like you already have it<p>When men set out to lose weight, they usually start at the wrong place. They pick a popular diet; <i>any</i> diet, it doesn't matter which one. Most …

Nutrition

A vanishing paradise: along Iran's Khalkhal-Asalem Road

On a recent day in Loomavesht, a village up the Asalem-Khalkal road in north Iran’s Gilan province, the men shear sheep, and the women clean the wool. A cool mist fills the air, and soon the cold weather will drive most of the villagers and their livestock down the Alborz mountains to live out the …

When White People See Themselves With Black Skin, Something Interesting Happens

The antidote to racism partly lies in empathy, or the willingness to "walk a mile in someone else's shoes," as the saying goes. But scientists from universities across Europe are taking the maxim one step further, providing people an opportunity to experience life in someone else's <i>skin</i> by …