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    1. September 2, 2014

      Iran’s hardliners ready to exploit corruption trial

      For more than three decades, the family of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s former conservative president, has been seen by...

    2. The World

      November 26, 2013

      Smart reads November 26, 2013

      By Luisa Frey • Back-channel conversations between the US and Iran paved way for the historic nuclear agreement and broke 34...

    1. November 25, 2013

      Rafsanjani says final Iran deal could come within a year

      Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of Iran’s most influential political leaders, has raised hopes of a comprehensive nuclear deal...

    2. September 23, 2013

      Words of seventh-century imam signal Iran’s change of approach

      The Iranian regime’s sudden focus on a seventh-century Shia imam may be the strongest indicator yet that Tehran is serious...

    3. September 5, 2013

      Iran accuses US of chemical weapons ‘pretext’ to attack Syria

      Iran accused Washington of using the Assad regime’s alleged chemical weapons attack as a “pretext” for striking at Syria and...

    4. September 3, 2013

      Iran ex-president hints at divisions over support for Bashar al-Assad

      Comments by a former Iranian president and pillar of the country’s political establishment have shone a light on possible...

    5. August 8, 2013

      Iranian political prisoners plead with US for end to isolation

      More than 50 former and current political prisoners in Iran have written to Barack Obama calling for an end to the...

    6. The World

      June 18, 2013

      Pragmatism and piety: Iran's president-elect

      Hassan Rohani ( ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images) Iranian voters rejected the hardline candidates in last weekend’s presidential...

    7. June 16, 2013

      West must temper its enthusiasm for Iran’s new president

      The surprise election of Hassan Rohani to the Iranian presidency shines a hopeful ray of sunlight through the darkening...

    8. June 16, 2013

      Iran crowds see Rohani win as reformist victory

      When jubilant crowds poured on to the streets of Tehran to celebrate the surprise victory of Hassan Rohani, it was not only...

    9. June 16, 2013

      Iran: Regime’s blessing biggest surprise in moderate’s win

      It has become a habit for the people of Iran to get in the way of the regime’s election planning. In this theocracy that...

    10. June 12, 2013

      Iranian hardliners urged to unite ahead of presidential election

      A leading mouthpiece for the Iranian regime has called on fundamentalists running in Friday’s election to unite and get...

    11. June 11, 2013

      Reform leaders in Iran unite to back Hassan Rohani for presidency

      Iran’s pro-reform leaders have thrown their weight behind Hassan Rohani, the only moderate left in the race to succeed...

    12. May 29, 2013

      Khamenei denies having favourite in Iranian election

      Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Wednesday he does not favour any candidate for June’s presidential...

    13. May 22, 2013

      Iran’s poll charade

      By throwing his hat into the ring for Iran’s presidential race, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former president, disrupted...

    14. beyondbrics

      May 22, 2013

      New York headlines

      * China’s bird flu outbreak cost $6.5bn * India takes steps to rein in algos * Beijing promises to get tough on heath food...

    15. May 22, 2013

      Iran’s Ahmadi-Nejad to contest aide’s presidential election ban

      DUBAI, May 22 – President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad said on Wednesday he would ask Iran’s supreme leader to reverse a ban...

    16. May 21, 2013

      Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani banned from Iran’s presidential poll

      Iran’s constitutional watchdog on Tuesday banned former president and opposition-backed Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani from next...

    17. May 16, 2013

      Transcript of Saeed Jalili’s interview with the Financial Times

      Saeed Jalili: The most important issue that can be pursued in the next four years [if I am elected as the next president of...

    18. May 16, 2013

      It will take more than two new candidates to change Iran

      The race to succeed Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad as Iran’s president is infused with intrigue and drama. The various political...

    19. May 16, 2013

      Iran’s nuclear negotiator will ‘resist’ west if elected president

      Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, who is a leading candidate in the forthcoming presidential contest, has pledged to use his...

    20. beyondbrics

      May 16, 2013

      London headlines

      * China agrees free trade deal with Switzerland * Brazil oil licences raise record R$2.8bn * Iranian hardliners lobby for...

    21. May 15, 2013

      Iranian hardliners lobby for Rafsanjani to be banned from poll

      A group of hardline Iranian lawmakers has urged the country’s constitutional watchdog to disqualify two candidates,...

    22. May 14, 2013

      Global Insight: Iran elections raise problems for regime

      This is not the sort of electoral race that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was banking on. Four years after insisting on giving the...

    23. The World

      May 13, 2013

      Smart Reads May 13, 2013

      ♦ There are doubts over how much longer Latin America will benefit from the “commodity supercycle”. ♦ Akbar Hashemi...

    24. May 12, 2013

      Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani campaign poses challenge to Iran regime

      Whether Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former Iranian president, wins next month’s presidential election or not, his...

    25. May 6, 2013

      No clear frontrunner for Iran presidency

      The process of choosing Iran’s next president kicks off on Tuesday, when hopefuls will be able to register their potential...

    26. September 24, 2012

      Son of former Iranian president arrested

      A son of Iran’s former conservative president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was arrested on Monday, just days after his...

    27. March 8, 2011

      Rafsanjani ousted as chair of Iran state body

      Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, Iran’s former president and one of the founders of the Islamic regime, has lost his prestigious...

    28. September 3, 2009

      Iranian regime raises heat on reformists

      The chief commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard escalated the reg-ime's accusations against leading opposition...

    29. September 2, 2009

      Iranian regime raises heat on reformists

      The chief commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard escalated the regime’s accusations against leading opposition...

    30. July 31, 2009

      Theocratic disarray

      A leader at the summit of power risks the legitimacy of the regime by betting it on a divisive figure. He rams the decision...

    31. June 29, 2009

      Iran’s intimidation needs EU response

      The arrest and interrogation of Iranian employees of the British embassy in Tehran is alarming. Iran has form on embassies....

    32. June 27, 2009

      Questions about Iran dominate G8 discussions

      Iran’s nuclear programme and its post-election crisis dominated talks this weekend among Group of Eight foreign ministers...

    33. June 26, 2009

      Man in the News: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

      Not long ago, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was in an enviable position. Manipulating the levers of power from behind the scenes,...

    34. June 22, 2009

      Iran protests enter dangerous waters

      After more than 10 days of protests against what now looks emphatically like a part-manufactured landslide to re-elect...

    35. June 20, 2009

      Bleak outcome for supporters of Moussavi

      It was not what Maryam had been praying to hear. An Iranian office assistant turned professional protester over the past...

    36. June 19, 2009

      Bleak outcome for Moussavi supporters

      It was not what Maryam had been praying to hear. An Iranian office assistant turned professional protester over the past...

    37. June 19, 2009

      Rafsanjani stays in the shadows as anger builds

      Where is Rafsanjani? This question has occupied Iran watchers as the country has been gripped by an extraordinary wave of...

    38. June 19, 2009

      Silent Rafsanjani bides his time as anger builds

      Where is Rafsanjani? This question has occupied Iran watchers as the country has been gripped by an extra-ordinary wave of...

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