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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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....

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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....

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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....

    23. 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....

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. June 16, 2013

      Tehran surprise

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

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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