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  1. March 18, 2014

    Iran keeps its word – the west should do the same

    At last it seems realistic to hope for a resolution to the unnecessary crisis surrounding Iran’s peaceful nuclear programme....

  2. February 19, 2014

    Ayatollah Khamenei calls for ‘economic jihad’ in Iran

    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called for an “economic jihad” to mobilise his country against the...

  1. FT Photo Diary

    February 17, 2014

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

    AFP A picture released by the website of Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shows Iranian women and a girl...

  2. February 5, 2014

    Political tensions over nuclear deal spill over in Iran

    Tensions between Iran’s hardliners and the centrist government of Hassan Rouhani erupted publicly on Wednesday when the...

  3. January 10, 2014

    Iran and EU reach technical settlement on nuclear talks

    Iranian and EU negotiators representing world powers have reached an agreement on technical details underpinning the nuclear...

  4. The World

    November 27, 2013

    Smart reads, November 27, 2013

    By Luisa Frey ♦ “Are the states of the Near East coming apart – especially along faultlines between Sunni and Shia Muslims...

  5. November 26, 2013

    Iran’s supreme leader keeps his options open with nuclear deal

    Back in 1988, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic republic, had a radical change of heart, accepting a UN...

  6. The A-List

    November 26, 2013

    Whose nuclear deal is it anyway?

    What to make of the deal on Iran’s nuclear programme? Some will judge this interim accord by the response it evokes from...

  7. November 24, 2013

    Hassan Rouhani hails nuclear deal as turning point for Iran

    A smiling Hassan Rouhani stepped on to the spiral staircase of the presidential palace to announce to an anxious nation the...

  8. November 13, 2013

    Iran hardliners block Rouhani’s domestic reforms

    Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s centrist president, may have regime backing in his efforts to reach an agreement with major powers...

  9. November 4, 2013

    Anti-US protests muted as Iran’s regime curbs hardliners

    Thousands of protesters gathered in Tehran on Monday in what has become an annual ritual to mark the anniversary of the...

  10. September 29, 2013

    Rouhani’s success at UN raises Iranian hopes for answers to nuclear impasse

    President Hassan Rouhani, home after an unprecedented diplomatic frenzy at the UN last week, has raised hopes among many of...

  11. September 29, 2013

    A diplomatic dance will be no waltz for either Iran or America

    The most significant diplomacy surrounding the opening of this year’s UN General Assembly did not involve Syria but Iran....

  12. September 25, 2013

    The domestic politics driving Iran’s diplomatic shift

    The public relations rollout of Hassan Rouhani can best be compared to the unveiling of a new iPhone by the late Steve Jobs....

  13. 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...

  14. The World

    September 19, 2013

    Is the Iranian hype justified?

    It’s not all bad news from the Middle East. Amid the tragedy in Syria and the bloody repression in Egypt, Iran is providing...

  15. September 17, 2013

    Iran’s supreme leader pushes for flexibility in nuclear talks

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, has advocated flexibility in talks with major powers in a rare public...

  16. 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...

  17. August 4, 2013

    Hassan Rohani sworn in as Iran’s president

    Hassan Rohani was sworn in as Iran’s president on Sunday, pledging that his government would walk the path of “detente” with...

  18. August 3, 2013

    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei endorses Hassan Rohani as president

    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has endorsed Hassan Rohani as president, throwing his weight behind the...

  19. July 22, 2013

    Rohani’s challenge: keeping Iran’s supreme leader on side

    Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad has left a toxic legacy for his successor when he takes over the Iranian presidency next month. Hassan...

  20. July 14, 2013

    Iran’s president Rohani rebuilds relations with sidelined clerics

    Not long after Iran’s June election, the president-elect, Hassan Rohani, and outgoing president Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad both...

  21. June 24, 2013

    Rohani victory marks Iran’s return to centrist politics

    The victory of Hassan Rohani has been greeted as a comeback for Iran’s beleaguered reform movement, decimated after flawed...

  22. 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...

  23. June 17, 2013

    Iran’s hardliners blame each other for election defeat

    Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and his closest allies put on their best faces as they watched the presidential...

  24. 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...

  25. June 16, 2013

    Tehran surprise

    Iranians delivered a dramatic setback to their hardline leadership by casting their votes for the only moderate candidate in...

  26. 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...

  27. June 16, 2013

    West greets Hassan Rohani’s victory in Iran with caution

    Hassan Rohani’s surprise election as Iranian president was met with caution by senior western diplomats on Sunday, with...

  28. 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...

  29. June 14, 2013

    Iran’s sole moderate leads presidential poll

    Hassan Rohani, Iran’s sole moderate candidate in the presidential race, was leading his fundamentalist rivals in early...

  30. June 13, 2013

    Whether to vote or not is the question as Iran poll looms

    Many of Iran’s reform-minded voters had been determined to boycott Friday’s presidential election, the first since the 2009...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. June 7, 2013

    Who’s who: Key players in the Iranian election

    As Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad wraps up his second and last term as president of Iran, the race to select his successor has become...

  34. June 2, 2013

    Iran judiciary seeks to shut state-owned newspaper

    Iran’s judiciary has ordered the closure of a state-owned newspaper with close links to President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad over...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. May 22, 2013

    Iran’s business shocked by Rafsanjani poll disqualification

    Iran’s business community has reacted with shock to Tehran’s decision to bar former president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani from...

  38. 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...

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