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    1. June 22, 2016

      Russia and Iran move towards a political solution for Syria

      As the treacherous swirls of the multi-sided fighting in Syria keep sinking hopes of relief for its brutalised people,...

    2. June 17, 2016

      Iran’s aspirant youth pose challenge to Islamic Republic’s rulers

      When 14-year-old Iranian student Donya spotted on social media that thousands of teenagers were going to celebrate the...

    1. May 24, 2016

      Iran’s hardliners hit back at reformists with new assembly head

      Iran’s hardliners have appointed Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, one of the regime’s most conservative figures, to head the...

    2. May 4, 2016

      Iran tries to end its isolation but so much stands in the way

      The run-off in Iran’s parliamentary elections seems to have given Hassan Rouhani, the centrist president, a workable...

    3. April 12, 2016

      Russia runs up against Bashar al-Assad’s defences

      As yet another round of UN-hosted talks to find a path out of Syria’s civil war begins in Geneva this week, reignited...

    4. March 7, 2016

      Iran’s hardliners down but not out after poll defeat

      Iran’s moderates may have scored a big success at the polls last month but centrist president Hassan Rouhani is still...

    5. March 2, 2016

      Rouhani brings hope that this time it might be different in Iran

      Euphoria in Tehran as supporters of centrist President Hassan Rouhani give hardline theocrats a thumping at the polls....

    6. February 29, 2016

      Iran’s elections vindicate Rouhani’s policies

      President Hassan Rouhani of Iran is a moderate who is pursuing a policy of cautious engagement with the west. It is...

    7. February 29, 2016

      Iran election underscores rejection of hardline views

      Ayatollah Mohammad-Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi, Iran’s leading conservative cleric, adhered to doctrine with such conviction...

    8. February 28, 2016

      Iran reformists find strength in numbers to secure place in polls

      In Iran, it is the Islamists in the Islamic Republic who are supposed to be in charge. Yet despite the theocrats’...

    9. February 25, 2016

      Iran’s reformists hope Telegram app will boost election turnout

      Hossein, a political activist in the historic city of Isfahan, bursts into tears as he discusses “the most unfair...

    10. February 24, 2016

      Iran’s hardliners accuse BBC of meddling in upcoming poll

      Iran’s hardliners are trying to rally support ahead of elections on Friday by alleging that their reformist opponents...

    11. February 23, 2016

      Iran elections explained

      What are Iranians voting for? On February 26 Iranians will cast ballots for the 290-seat majlis, or parliament, the...

    12. February 3, 2016

      A dangerous moment for Iran’s theocrats

      For a theocracy, Iran has a remarkable number of elections. But the theocrats are taking no chances. Now that the...

    13. January 20, 2016

      John Kerry and Javad Zarif set an example in the Middle East

      They’re the odd couple in curious diplomatic harmony, two affable men who struck a relationship that transcended the...

    14. January 4, 2016

      Iran’s hardliners seize on embassy attack anger to weaken Rouhani

      They took selfies and posted cheery photos on social media as if they found setting ablaze the Saudi embassy in Tehran...

    15. December 16, 2015

      Hassan Khomeini’s entry into Iran politics sparks hopes of moderate shift

      Looking for a brighter future for Iran, some of its savvier politicians are looking to the past — and pinning their...

    16. November 27, 2015

      Italy hopes to utilise historic Iran ties with trade mission

      Italy is poised to send a large trade delegation to Iran at a time when heightened anti-US rhetoric in the Islamic...

    17. November 23, 2015

      Iran and Russia reiterate support for Syria’s Bashar al-Assad

      Iran’s Supreme Leader said on Monday that the US had “no right” to remove Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and...

    18. November 6, 2015

      Iran tensions grow ahead of key elections

      When Iran’s centrist president Hassan Rouhani last month entered the Hosseinieh, the hall in central Tehran where...

    19. October 13, 2015

      Iran’s parliament backs nuclear deal

      Iran’s parliament on Tuesday approved the nuclear agreement with world powers but not without tears and fisticuffs that...

    20. September 17, 2015

      Barack Obama gets it right and wrong about Iran

      For Barack Obama the deal ending the nuclear stand-off with Iran was a signal achievement. The question now is whether...

    21. July 18, 2015

      Ayatollah Khamenei vows no change in US and Israel relations

      Iran’s supreme leader and ultimate decision maker Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed on Saturday that there would be no...

    22. July 15, 2015

      Ayatollah invokes ‘heroic flexibility’ to justify Iran deal

      When he was a 30-year-old cleric, Iran’s supreme leader used the phrase “heroic flexibility” in the subtitle of a book...

    23. July 14, 2015

      Nuclear deal vindicates Hassan Rouhani’s focus on talks with US

      Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s centrist president, said during his election campaign that dealing with the “the village chief”...

    24. The World

      July 14, 2015

      Historic nuclear deal is victory for pragmatism in Tehran

      The day after Vienna won’t look different. More blood will be spilled in the Middle East; more pain will be inflicted....

    25. July 5, 2015

      Iran and world powers edge towards nuclear deal

      Negotiators from Iran and six world powers edged towards a nuclear deal on Sunday as both sides mounted a final...

    26. June 29, 2015

      How to salvage some security from the botched Iran deal

      Israel is not at the table negotiating the deal on Iran’s nuclear programme. Yet it is Israel’s national security,...

    27. June 24, 2015

      Hurdle in Iran nuclear talks harks back to 1980s war with Iraq

      When Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein launched scud missile attacks on Iranian cities in 1984, the Islamic republic was ill...

    28. June 12, 2015

      Censors allow Iran’s book publishers a taste of freedom

      Iran books When Ayatollah Ali Khamenei visited avant-garde publishing houses at a book fair last month, it was the...

    29. May 20, 2015

      Iran rules out foreign inspectors at military sites

      Iran will not allow foreigners to inspect sensitive military sites or quiz its nuclear scientists, Ayatollah Ali...

    30. May 13, 2015

      Art replaces adverts in the Islamic Republic

      ‘A Gallery as Big as a Town’, Tehran It’s the first thing I noticed in Tehran. Rather than seethe at the slow-moving...

    31. May 10, 2015

      Iran’s leadership is a means to the hardliners’ ends

      The credibility of any nuclear agreement between the US and Iran depends on the type of Islamic Republic that emerges...

    32. The World

      April 27, 2015

      The Iran deal that never was

      There was a presidential statement in the Rose Garden of the White House. There were joyous celebrations on the streets...

    33. FT Alphaville

      April 10, 2015

      FirstFT (the new 6am cut)

      You can sign up to receive the email hereAyatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has accused the US of...

    34. April 10, 2015

      Ayatollah says US distorting Iran nuclear deal

      Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, accused the US on Thursday of distorting the nuclear framework agreed...

    35. April 9, 2015

      Tensions rise as Iran condemns Saudi air strikes against Yemen

      Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday accused Saudi Arabia of “genocide” in Yemen and urged the Arab...

    36. April 5, 2015

      Khamenei left to wrestle with fallout from Iran’s nuclear deal

      When the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini consented to a 1988 ceasefire in the Iran-Iraq war, he described the painful...

    37. April 2, 2015

      Iranians take to streets to celebrate deal

      Residents of Tehran poured into the streets at midnight local time, honking car horns, playing loud music, singing and...

    38. April 1, 2015

      Iran’s chief weapon Qassem Soleimani sheds his mysteries

      His pictures are worthy of a film star but he is an actor in a real war. His intense eyes look menacing when he is in...

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