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Family of activist in Iranian jail urge government to help

The family of a British human rights activist being held in prison in Iran have told ITV News the government here must do more to try to secure her release.

Ghonche Ghavami was arrested during a protest as she tried to enter a men-only arena to watch a volleyball match in Tehran.

Ms Ghavami's supporters say she has been held for more than two months in Iran's Evin prison including some time in solitary confinement.

ITV News Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray spoke to Ms Ghavami's brother:


Iranian is first woman to win 'Nobel Prize of Maths'

An Iranian mathematician has become the first female recipient of the Fields Medal - the highest recognition in the discipline.

Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor at Stanford University in California, won the prize for her work on “the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces.”

Mirzakhani was born in the Iranian capital Tehran and won gold medals in the International Math Olympiad twice as a teenager, before moving to the US for her doctorate.

Her former tutor, Curtis McCullen, praised her "fluency in many disciplines, which is unusual in the modern era, when considerable specialization is often required".

The Fields Medal, awarded by the International Mathematical Union since 1936, is sometimes referred to as the "Nobel Prize of Mathematics".

Report: 40 passengers die in Iran plane crash

All of the 40 passengers including seven children aboard a plane that crashed in the Iranian capital Tehran have died, according to the country's official news agency IRNA.

The news service said that the engine on the aircraft reportedly shut down shortly after taking off from International Mehrabad Airport at 9:45 am local time (6:15 UK time).

The plane was reportedly heading to the eastern city of Tabas in South Khorassan province.

Plane crashes in Iranian capital Tehran

A plane has crashed at Mehrabad airport in the Iranian capital Tehran, according to the country's state news service IRNA.

The agency which cited a spokesman from the the Iranian Red Crescent Society gave no further details.

Mehrabad which serves mainly as a domestic airport located in a western suburb of Tehran


John Kerry 'to attend Iran nuclear talks this weekend'

US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Vienna this weekend to try to break the deadlock in negotiations over Iran's nuclear programme, a senior Western official told Reuters.

John Kerry is reportedly set to attend talks over Iran's nuclear programme this weekend. Credit: Matt Dunham/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: "I can tell you that Kerry will be in Vienna this weekend, probably on Saturday."

However, the official added it was unlikely there would be an agreement signed in the near future, given the disagreements between Iran and western nations over Tehran's nuclear programme.

Hague: 'No softening' of British approach to Iran

The UK Foreign Secretary William Hague rejected a claim the government was "softening" its approach to Iran.

Speaking in the parliament, Mr Hague described the UK as "absolutely relentless" in its efforts to defeat terrorism around the world and added: "I can assure you that there is no softening of any of our policies in relation to Iran.

Foreign Office still advises against travel to Iran

William Hague might have announced the reopening of the British embassy in Tehran today, but the Foreign Office is still advising people against traveling to the Middle Eastern country.

The Foreign Office advises against travelling to Iran. Credit: FCO

The Foreign Office currently advises "against all but essential travel" to most of the country, and "against all travel" to the eastern parts of Iran near the borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan.

People planning to travel to Iran should check the Foreign Office travel advice regularly and sign up for email alerts on the security situation, the spokesperson said.

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