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    1. 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, perhaps...

    2. 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...

    1. 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 signal...

    2. 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 Khamenei,...

    3. 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...

    4. 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 after...

    5. 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 of...

    6. 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 distorting the...

    7. April 9, 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 with...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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 the...

    12. March 22, 2015

      Iran’s hardliners turn on moderates as nuclear deadline nears

      It has been a miserable month for Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s former president and kingmaker in elections. A few days...

    13. March 21, 2015

      Ayatollah Ali Khamenei throws support behind nuclear deal

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

    14. March 10, 2015

      US Republicans risk writing off leverage on Iran talks

      At least someone still writes letters these days. After President Barack Obama and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei exchanged polite...

    15. March 10, 2015

      Election of hardliner deals blow to Iran’s Hassan Rouhani

      The body responsible for choosing Iran’s next supreme leader has selected a hardliner as its new chairman in a blow to...

    16. March 6, 2015

      Iran hardliners try to undermine Rouhani as nuclear deal nears

      As hopes grow that Iran may be close to securing a nuclear deal, hardliners in the Islamic republic are trying to undermine...

    17. January 5, 2015

      Iran’s Rouhani takes on the regime’s hardliners

      Since the Iranian revolution in 1979, the west has had few political partners in Tehran with whom to do business. But in the...

    18. December 22, 2014

      Ali Shamkhani: Iran will not seek to resume diplomatic ties with US

      Tehran will not seek a resumption of diplomatic ties with Washington even if a comprehensive nuclear deal helps to defuse...

    19. December 17, 2014

      Rouhani’s fate is not bound as closely to the nuclear talks as his enemies hope

      On Monday, as officials from Iran and the US met for talks in Geneva, President Hassan Rouhani attended a meeting of central...

    20. November 12, 2014

      Detente and messages to the Ayatollah

      I remember a time, not so long ago, when a handshake between a US and an Iranian official was treated as a historic...

    21. Nick Butler

      October 16, 2014

      Has Saudi Arabia lost control of the oil market?

      Conspiracy theories abound around the oil price fall. A 25 per cent drop in less than three months is certainly exceptional...

    22. Nick Butler

      September 16, 2014

      The political implications of the falling oil price

      The Brent oil price has now fallen by 15 per cent in less than three months and is now below the psychologically important...

    23. September 8, 2014

      Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei has prostate surgery

      Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader and ultimate decision maker, underwent prostate surgery on Monday, according...

    24. The A-List

      August 18, 2014

      Iraq's new leader will fail without western support

      What is it about political leaders installed by America in third world countries? It seems they never want to leave office....

    25. FT Alphaville

      July 15, 2014

      The 6am London Cut

      Markets: Asian equity markets were in day two of a rebound as investors took an optimistic view that problems in Portugal’s...

    26. June 2, 2014

      Iran sees Assad poll as victory over regional rivals

      For Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the certain victory of Bashar al-Assad in a presidential election on Tuesday is a...

    27. May 30, 2014

      Iran hampered over release of frozen oil revenues, says official

      Iran has been unable to access most of the $4.2bn worth of frozen oil revenues meant to be released under the interim...

    28. May 13, 2014

      Iranian bombast belies its interest in a nuclear deal

      Talks between Iran and the US plus five other powers over Tehran’s nuclear programme on Tuesday entered what both sides have...

    29. 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....

    30. 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...

    31. FT Photo Diary

      February 17, 2014

      Sea of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei faces

      AFP A handout picture released by the official website of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader shows Iranian women...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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