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Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani dies

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'Lioness of Iran' who was nominated twice for the Nobel prize in literature dies aged 87 in Tehran hospital

Famed Iranian poet Simin Behbahani, who wrote of the joys of love, demanded equal rights for women and spoke out about the challenges facing those living in her homeland, died on Thursday aged 87.

Behbahani had been hospitalised and unconscious in Tehran since 6 August and later died of heart failure and breathing problems, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.

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