Iran imposes a week-long lockdown in Tehran and the surrounding region in the province of Alborz where all bazaars, public offices, market places, restaurants, gyms, and movie theatres are closed, due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.
The 53 Americans taken hostage in Tehran, Iran, in 1979, or their families, will receive compensation of $4.4 million each from the United States government as a result of a provision in the spending deal signed into law last week.
The film "Facing Mirrors" hits cinemas in Tehran. Though transsexualism has been legal in Iran since a fatwā was issued in 1987 by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Iran permits more sex-change operations than any country except Thailand, this is the first time the subject has been treated on the big screen.
2011 Chinese protests:Police in China show up in force in several cities after a call for a "Jasmine Revolution", and disperse protesters in Beijing and Shanghai. [http:--www.sify.com-news-protesters-gather-in-beijing-shanghai-news-international-lcurOdjfcii.html (Sify India)] [https:--www.bbc.co.uk-news-world-asia-pacific-12517909 (BBC)]2011 Iranian protests:Iranians are invited to attend a protest rally in Tehran and other cities in commememoration of the two people killed while attempting to demonstrate for better freedoms last week. [http:--english.aljazeera.net-news-middleeast-2011-02-20112197512326286.html (Al Jazeera)]Mehdi Karroubi, the opposition leader under house arrest, calls for his trial to take place in public so that people can "get to know the truth". He posts the request on his website since he cannot leave his house to personally deliver it. [http:--english.aljazeera.net-news-middleeast-2011-02-201122053957526278.html (Al Jazeera)]2011 Chinese protests: