We are excited to present MeidoonWatch’s 2015 Annual Report, looking at the year that passed in trending news from Iran and the world. We dug deep into our databases to find the top stories from each month of the year, according to how the stories did on social media platforms. We have also highlighted stories about women in Iran, trying to provide a glimpse into what mattered in women’s issues that came up on social media.
Stephen Hawking has once again asserted that there is no God. He claimed that before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation.
Pope Francis suggested there are limits to freedom of expression, saying in response to the Charlie Hebdo terror attack that "one cannot make fun of faith" and that anyone who throws insults can expect a "punch."
During the friday prayer, Ayatollah Jannati criticized supporters of the nuclear deal and advocates for the lifting of sanctions, saying that eating one meal a day is not catastrophic.
Stephen Hawkings said aggression should be weeded out of the human race and replaced by empathy to avoid a major nuclear war ending civilisation as we know it.
Fans appreciate Carlos Queroz efforts in couching Iran's National Team
Ottawa has slowly — and quietly — stepped up efforts to strip permanent resident status from former refugees who were granted asylum in Canada and later returned to the country where they once faced persecution.
Michelle Obama hosted a gathering marking Norouz in the White House. Amongst guests were artists, teachers and business owners.
Google commemorated Norouz in their daily doodle.
Apple head Tim Cook has donated 50,000 of his shares in the company to an undisclosed charity, according to an SEC filing Friday. The donation has a value of $6.54 million, as of this writing.
Jets from a Saudi-led coalition destroyed the runway of Yemen's Sanaa airport on Tuesday to prevent an Iranian plane from landing.
Amid heated debate over Iran in the U.S. Senate, one of the leading congressional critics, Tim Cotton, squared off with Zarif on Twitter.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed that Iran does not imprison people for their opinions, amid criticism over Tehran’s detainment of a US journalist for several months, in an interview with Charlie Rose.
The Philippines opened its Asian U23 Women's Volleyball Championship campaign losing in four sets against Iran on Friday (May 1) at the PhilSports Arena.
The Iranian men's taekwondo team won the world championship for the second time. Iran claimed three gold medals in the competitions held at the Traktor Ice Arena in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Kimia Alizadeh from Iran won the gold medal at the 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series 1 in Moscow, beating Olympic champion Jade Jones.
The negotiations were heated as top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed to deny International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors any access to the country’s military sites, while the US emphasized the neccessity of the inspections in the deal.
Iranian Oil Minister confirmed that a drilling rig Iran bought for 78 million dollars in 2011 during Ahmadinejad’s presidency has gone missing.
One of Japan’s best-loved cats, who won the heart of the nation working as a stationmaster in a rural train station passed away.
Iran and a group of six nations led by the United States reached a historic accord on Tuesday to significantly limit Tehran’s nuclear ability for more than a decade in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions.
Foreign secretary Hammond announced the possible reopening of the UK embassy in Iran
For the first time a university programme is established to allow students to receive their degree in Kurdish literature and language.
Iranians celebrated the long-awaited reopening of the UK embassy in Tehran.
A Russian woman has returned to Kabul with memories of infinite love with an Afghan man whom she met long before the civil war in Russia.
Medical researchers hope a new bank storing tissue from patients will give them a clearer insight into pancreatic cancer.
A judge in northeast Iran has initiated a move to replace light prison sentences with an order for the defendant to purchase books to read by the time of court session.
Seventy years ago, a farmer beheaded a chicken in Colorado, and it refused to die. Mike, as the bird became known, survived for 18 months and became famous.
Iranian national futsal team claimed the title of 2015 AFC Women’s Futsal Championship after beating Japan 1-0 in a thrilling final on Saturday.
The captain of the Popular Iranian Soccer team, Perspolis, lost his life after a heart attack.
A plane was forced to make an emergency landing after one of its engines fell off two-minutes into the flight. The Mahan Air Boeing 747 aircraft - which was carrying 300 passengers - was on route to Bandar Abbas in Iran from Tehran's Mehrabad airport when the third engine broke off during take-off and caused terror among passengers, local media reported.
Rousta, who had gone to America for cancer treatment, died in a hospital in Los Angeles.
Snow came earlier than expected to Iran this year, covering the capital of Tehran in white, in the fall.
Canada’s newest democratic institutions minister is a 30-year-old woman who fled Afghanistan with her widowed mother and two sisters when she was a child.
An experimental therapy that had previously been tried only in mice has shown promising results on a one year old girl.
Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced that they would be giving away 99% of their Facebook shares over the course of their lifetimes. The announcement was made in an unconventional way through a Facebook post in the form of a letter to their newborn daughter.
Russian President Vladimir Putin castigated Turkey's leaders, warning that they will regret shooting down a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria.
Iranian judiciary officials have arrested a physician and a nurse who reportedly refused to properly treat a five-year old boy and behaved cruelly towards him over financial issues.