Iran is the 18th-largest country in the world, has around 80 million inhabitants and it is home to one of the world's oldest civilizations.
Iran is the only country that has both a Caspian Sea and an Indian Ocean coastline. Its central location in Eurasia and Western Asia, and its proximity to the Strait of Hormuz gives it special geostrategic importance.There are around 120,000 Iranians living in Germany with Hamburg as the main center of the Iranian diaspora.
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Two Iranians, Arash and Arsy, started a band in their garage in Tehran almost two decades ago. But the heavy metal music they preferred was against the law. Under Iran's theocratic government, heavy metal musicians have faced fines, flogging and even the possibility of execution. The brothers found their way safely out of Iran. Now in the US, they have the freedom to play anything they want.
Rex Tillerson's departure means Donald Trump's Cabinet is losing a moderate voice; his successor is a hardliner catering to the US president's taste. The move is not good news for Europe, says DW's Alexandra von Nahmen.
An Iranian court has sentenced Sadegh Zibakalam to 18 months in prison. The prominent political analyst is accused of "spreading lies and propaganda against the Islamic Republic" in an interview he gave to DW.