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Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has recruited Afghan immigrant children living in Iran to fight in Syria, Human Rights Watch said today. Afghan children as young as 14 have fought in the Fatemiyoun division, an exclusively Afghan armed group supported by Iran that fights alongside government forces in the Syrian conflict. Under international law, recruiting children under the age of 15 to participate actively in hostilities is a war crime.

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A leading Iranian chess player, barred from her country’s team after refusing to wear a headscarf, will now compete for the United States. Dorsa Derakhshani, 19, who was born in Tehran, was forbidden from playing by the Iranian chess federation following the Gibraltar chess festival in January, said US Chess, the national governing body for competitions and player rankings. She did not wear a hijab during the event.

Derakhshani has since moved to the United States where she attends St...

Syrian children show symptoms of "toxic stress" and are attempting self-harm and suicide in response to prolonged exposure to war, according to a report released Tuesday.

Children do not feel safe at school and are developing speech disorders and incontinence, and some are even losing the capacity to speak, it said.

The report from Save the Children comes as the sixth anniversary of the Syrian war approaches and it calls on all sides to prioritize mental health issues before...

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a fatwa on women riding bicycles, but that hasn't stopped a bunch of defiant women from doing it anyway.

Women in Iran have been posting photos on social media of themselves riding bicycles, defying a fatwa forbidding them from cycling in public. Iranian women have been using social media to highlight the subject, adding the hashtag #IranianWomenLoveCycling.

Appearing on the Facebook page of a group called My Stealthy...