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.

January

Science & Technology

Stephen Hawking's final verdict: There is no God

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.

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January 1, 2015
Science & Technology
Social

One Cannot Make Fun of Faith!

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."

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January 15, 2015
Social
Politics

Jannati regarding ressitive economy: What's wrong with eating one meal per day?

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.

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January 21, 2015
Politics

February

Science

Stephen Hawking: Aggression could be our downfall

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.

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February 8, 2015
Science & Technology
sports

Iran gave me everything- But I did not give anything back to my fans

Fans appreciate Carlos Queroz efforts in couching Iran's National Team

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February 12, 2015
Sports
Social

Refugees face losing residency in Canada if they return to homeland

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.

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February 28, 2015
Social

March

Social

Michelle Obama hosts Nourouz celebrations in White House

Michelle Obama hosted a gathering marking Norouz in the White House. Amongst guests were artists, teachers and business owners.

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March 11, 2015
Social
Science

Google Doodles Norouz

Google commemorated Norouz in their daily doodle.

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March 21, 2015
Science & Technology
Science

Tim Cook donates $6.5 million in Apple shares to charity

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.

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March 29, 2015
Science & Technology

April

Politics

Saudi-led planes bomb Sanaa airport to stop Iranian plane landing

Jets from a Saudi-led coalition destroyed the runway of Yemen's Sanaa airport on Tuesday to prevent an Iranian plane from landing.

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April 28, 2015
Politics
Politics

U.S. senator and Iran foreign minister face off on Twitter

Amid heated debate over Iran in the U.S. Senate, one of the leading congressional critics, Tim Cotton, squared off with Zarif on Twitter.

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April 30, 2015
Politics
Politics

Iran FM: ‘We do not jail people for their opinions’

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.

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April 30, 2015
Politics

May

Sports

Asian U23 Women's Volleyball: Philippines loses to Iran in four sets

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.

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May 1, 2015
Sports
Sports

Iranian men's team wins World Taekwondo Championships

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.

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May 3, 2015
Sports
Sports

Iran’s Kimia Alizadeh Wins Gold at World Taekwondo Grand Prix

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.

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May 18, 2015
Sports

June

Politics

Inspections vital to nuclear deal

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.

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June 11, 2015
Politics
Economy

Iran Has “Lost” an Oil Rig

Iranian Oil Minister confirmed that a drilling rig Iran bought for 78 million dollars in 2011 during Ahmadinejad’s presidency has gone missing.

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June 23, 2015
Politics
Incidents

Japan mourns death of Tama, the train stationmaster cat

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.

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June 28, 2015
Incidents

July

Politics

Iran and P5+1 Reach a deal on Iran's nuclear program

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.

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July 14, 2015
Politics
politics

UK hopes to reopen embassy in Iran by end of year

Foreign secretary Hammond announced the possible reopening of the UK embassy in Iran

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July 15, 2015
Politics
Social

Students enroll in Kurdish language programme in Kurdistan University

For the first time a university programme is established to allow students to receive their degree in Kurdish literature and language.

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July 28, 2015
Social

August

Social

Iran reopens embassy in London as Britain does the same in Tehran

Iranians celebrated the long-awaited reopening of the UK embassy in Tehran.

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August 20, 2015
Politics
Social

A Russian woman's love story makes her return to Aghanistan

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.

Share 1,361   Like 22,812   Comment 1,316

August 24, 2015
Social
Science

'New research hope' from pancreatic cancer tissue bank

Medical researchers hope a new bank storing tissue from patients will give them a clearer insight into pancreatic cancer.

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August 25, 2015
Science & Technology

September

Arts

Iran judge issues book reading sentences

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.

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July 22, 2015
Arts & Culture
Science

The chicken that lived for 18 months without a head

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.

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September 13, 2015
Science & Technology
Sports

Iran wins AFC Women’s Futsal championship title

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.

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September 26, 2015
Sports

October

Sports

The Captain of Perspolis football team dies

The captain of the Popular Iranian Soccer team, Perspolis, lost his life after a heart attack.

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Octorber 1, 2015
Sports
Incidents

Mahan Airline Pilot lands a plane with one working engine

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.

Share 909   Like 20,831   Comment 578

Octorber 6, 2015
Incidents
Incidents

Iranian actress, Homa Rousta dies at 71

Rousta, who had gone to America for cancer treatment, died in a hospital in Los Angeles.

Share 624   Like 15,717   Comment 986

Octorber 15, 2015
Incidents

November

Environmental

Snow takes Tehran by surprise

Snow came earlier than expected to Iran this year, covering the capital of Tehran in white, in the fall.

Share 1,019   Like 20,064   Comment 538

November 2, 2015
Environmental
Politics

Maryam Monsef, an Afghan refugee became a Cabinet Minister in Canada

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.

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November 4, 2015
Politics
Science

Dawn of gene-editing medicine

An experimental therapy that had previously been tried only in mice has shown promising results on a one year old girl.

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November 9, 2015
Science & Technology

December

Social

The Zuckerbergs make a $45 Billion Charitable Donation

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.

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December 2, 2015
Social
Politics

Putin: Turkey 'will regret' downing Russian bomber in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin castigated Turkey's leaders, warning that they will regret shooting down a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria.

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December 3, 2015
Politics
Social

Iranian judiciary arrests doctor, nurse in minor’s alleged maltreatment

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.

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December 7, 2015
Social
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