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A protest in Tehran, June 16, 2009.

One year ago, after a disputed presidential election, Iranians exploded in the most intense and sustained protests their country had known since the Islamic Revolution of the 1970s. Calm has now returned to Iran. Nothing has changed — but everything has changed. Read more»

An Iranian protester in June 2009.

One year after the street protests that shook Iran, residents whisper that the regime has won. Read more»

Kiana Firouz in a scene from 'Cul de Sac'

Kiana Firouz, a 27-year-old writer, actress and gay rights activists, is not only real — she's out, and proud, having adopted London as her hometown almost two years ago. There, she was approached by film makers who proposed a movie about her life. The movie, called "Cul de Sac," is based on her own life, though she admits it is dramatized. Read more»

An Iranian boy holds a poster of presidential candidate Mousavi, in June 2009.

Iran hanged two opposition protesters on Thursday and sentenced nine more to death for taking part in widespread rallies against President Ahmadinejad following last June's presidential election. Read more»