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U.S. State Department tweets, then deletes congratulations for Iran Oscar win

WASHINGTON: The U.S. State Department on Monday issued and then deleted a congratulatory message for an Oscar win by a prominent Iranian director who criticized President Donald Trump's travel ban as "inhumane." The State Department's official Persian-language Twitter account, @USAdarFarsi, tweeted congratulations to the Iranian people and Asghar Farhadi, director of "The Salesman," after the movie won an Oscar for best foreign-language film on Sunday, according to screenshots of the message circulated on Twitter.…

Iran actress to boycott Oscars over ‘racist’ Trump visa ban

TEHRAN: The Iranian star of Oscar-nominated film "The Salesman" said Thursday she would boycott the awards in protest at President Donald Trump's "racist" ban on Muslim immigrants. "Trump's visa ban for Iranians is racist. Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won't attend the #AcademyAwards 2017 in protest," tweeted Taraneh Alidoosti, the film's 33-year-old lead actress. Trump's visa ban for Iranians is racist. Whether this will include a cultural event or not,I won't attend the #AcademyAwards 2017 in…