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    1. August 16, 2016

      Dual nationals arrested in Iranian power struggle

      Iran has arrested several Iranians holding dual nationality in what has been seen as a new round of intimidation...

    2. July 8, 2016

      Iranian rock fans turn deaf ear to hardliners

      The pounding of drums and the screech of electric guitars reverberate through the small concert hall, bringing a rare...

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    1. The New Trade Routes: Silk Road Corridor

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    1. July 5, 2016

      Abbas Kiarostami, Iranian film director, 1940-2016

      Abbas Kiarostami, who has died in Paris aged 76, was an Iranian film director, whose minimalist Taste of Cherry won the...

    2. July 5, 2016

      Salary scandal forces resignations at Iranian banks

      A scandal over the high salaries of directors at Iranian state-affiliated companies has triggered resignations at the...

    3. 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,...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. May 20, 2016

      Keeping out the Kardashians: Iran’s latest crackdown

      Kim Kardashian, the American reality television star, may be famous around the world for her revealing pictures on...

    7. May 9, 2016

      First freight trains from China arrive in Tehran

      Alireza Saadat started to trace and document Iran’s segment of the ancient Silk Road four years ago. The 47-year-old,...

    8. 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...

    9. April 30, 2016

      Iran’s moderates on top in parliamentary runoff

      Iran’s moderates scored a success at parliamentary runoff elections, which could help Hassan Rouhani’s centrist...

    10. April 29, 2016

      Surge in private theatres marks new stage for Iran’s young

      Squeezed between a sandwich shop and an electrical devices outlet, Tehran’s Baran Theatre seems an unlikely location...

    11. April 17, 2016

      Israel will never give up Golan, says Netanyahu

      Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, said on Sunday the Golan Heights would “never” be returned to Syria, as he...

    12. April 12, 2016

      Italy extends $5bn credit line and export guarantees to Iran

      Italian financing agencies have teamed up to give Iran nearly €5bn in credit lines and guarantees for exports, in one...

    13. beyondbrics

      March 10, 2016

      China-Iran banking blight awaits clean slate

      US penalties handed down on ZTE, the Chinese telecoms giant, are a reminder that despite January’s partial lifting of...

    14. March 9, 2016

      Iran seeks to reassure oil investors

      Iran sought to reassure investors of its commitment to unveil new and improved oil contracts, downplaying domestic...

    15. 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...

    16. March 2, 2016

      Notebook: The hands that rocked Iran’s hardliners

      His face cannot be shown and broadcasting or printing his words is forbidden. But the hardliners in the regime had not...

    17. 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....

    18. 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...

    19. FT Alphaville

      February 29, 2016

      FirstFT - Iranian election, swag bags and lessons in debt

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had no “Plan B” for solving the refugee crisis and insisted there was nothing...

    20. 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’...

    21. February 28, 2016

      Blow for Iran’s hardliners as moderates win key seats

      Moderates close to President Hassan Rouhani have seized crucial seats in elections for Iran’s parliament and experts...

    22. February 28, 2016

      Iran’s hardliners losing ground in vote

      Early results of Iran’s parliamentary and experts assembly elections show moderate forces close to centrist president...

    23. February 26, 2016

      Iranians vote in first key poll after nuclear deal

      Iranians voted on Friday in elections widely seen as a verdict on the presidency of Hassan Rouhani, who pursued the...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. February 21, 2016

      Iran’s economic gloom dims enthusiasm for coming elections

      For porters looking for business as they push empty carts through the arched passageways of Tehran’s Grand Bazaar...

    28. February 10, 2016

      Iran’s hardliners quash electoral hopes of Khomeini’s grandson

      Hassan Khomeini, moderate grandson of the founder of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, has lost his appeal against being...

    29. February 4, 2016

      Iran’s hardliners criticise flurry of high-profile business deals

      Iran’s bitter power struggle has moved into the business sector as hardliners try to undermine high-profile deals...

    30. 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...

    31. January 29, 2016

      Iran is back in business

      Iran is moving quickly to shake off the effects of a decade of international isolation and years of crippling sanctions...

    32. January 28, 2016

      Rouhani and Hollande shift from ‘old bitterness’ to new business

      Years of tension and tough diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear programme gave way to a commercial embrace in Paris on...

    33. Fast FT

      January 28, 2016

      France's Total poised to sign crude deal with Iran

      Total is set to sign a deal to buy oil from Iran, hours after French carmaker Peugeot became the first western company...

    34. Fast FT

      January 28, 2016

      Peugeot signs binding contract with Iranian group

      PSA Peugeot Citroen became the first western company on Thursday to sign a binding contract with an Iranian group...

    35. January 26, 2016

      Rouhani accorded generous welcome in Rome

      Hassan Rouhani was given a star-studded welcome as he arrived in Rome on Monday. Mr Rouhani is the first Iranian...

    36. January 24, 2016

      Iran plans to buy 114 Airbus jets on Rouhani’s Europe visit

      Iran is planning to sign a contract with European aircraft maker Airbus to buy 114 planes in what would be the first...

    37. January 24, 2016

      Week Ahead Political Diary: Iranian president’s overseas mission

      For the first time in more than a decade, an Iranian president is going to visit two European states this week, which...

    38. January 18, 2016

      Iran protests after US imposes sanctions over missile programme

      Iran has hit back at the US decision to impose sanctions on 11 companies and individuals linked to its ballistic...

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