1. Iran is one of the countries with the worst freedom of the press situation, ranking 164th out of 180 countries on the Press Freedom Index.
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2. In 2016, Iran made global headlines for international female champions boycotting tournaments in Iran in chess and in shooting (Indian world champion Heena Sidhu), as they refused to enter a country where they would be forced to wear a hijab.
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5. In October 2009 Hugo Chavez announced that Iran was helping Venezuela in uranium exploration.
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10. Iran has declared it has a right to peaceful nuclear technology under the NPT, despite Security Council demands that it cease its nuclear enrichment.
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12. At the time, Iran was not even required to inform the IAEA of the existence of the facility.
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13. In 1992 Iran invited IAEA inspectors to visit all the sites and facilities they asked.
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14. In 1985, Iran began to put pressure on France in order to recover its debt from the Eurodif's investment and to get the enriched uranium delivered.
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24. Iran has cultural ties to elements of the populations of both Iraq and Afghanistan.
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26. In 1961, Iran initiated a series of economic, social, and administrative reforms that became known as the Shah's White Revolution.
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30. Iran is a Middle Eastern country in Southwest Asia.
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31. Iran has major areas of coastal wetlands, including those bordering the Caspian Sea.
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37. Iran is occupied by British and Soviet forces at the start of World War II, prompting the shah to abdicate in favor of his son, Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlevi.
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39. In 1996, Iran signed an agreement worth US$20 billion to supply gas to Turkey over a 22-year period.
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40. Iran has dozens of islands in the Persian Gulf, many of which are uninhabited but used as bases for oil exploration.
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41. In 1975, Iran began negotiating investments through the United Nations Development Programme in developing nations.
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45. In 2005, Iran had estimated net exports of 2.7 million barrels of oil per day, the second-largest exporter in the Persian Gulf region.
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54. In 1984, Iran began to attack Arab shipping in the Persian Gulf.
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59. Since 2006, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been given the lowest rating possible for handling human trafficking.
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60. Iran has the second largest Gross Domestic Product in the Middle East, $395 billion, ranking just after Saudi Arabia at $750 billion.
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66. History of architecture in Iran goes back to the seventh millennium BC.
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72. Iran is ranked as an upper-middle income economy by the World Bank.
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75. Government of Iran has a paramilitary, volunteer militia force within the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, called the Basij, which includes about 90,000 full-time, active-duty uniformed members.
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