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    1. 19 hours ago

      Iran nuclear talks approach critical point

      Landmark talks to try and break years of dispute over Iran’s ambitious nuclear programme approached a critical point on...

    2. March 27, 2015

      Talks on Iran nuclear deal edge closer, say diplomats

      Representatives of the world powers gathering in the Swiss city of Lausanne this weekend insist they are closer than ever to...

    3. March 24, 2015

      Q&A: Iran nuclear talks

      The Iran nuclear talks are an international diplomatic effort to permanently restrict Tehran’s ability to build a nuclear...

    4. March 19, 2015

      Iran’s Rouhani rolls back on dam projects

      The enormous reservoir at Seymareh can be seen for miles. It took 3,000 workers 17 years to complete the second-biggest dam...

    5. March 15, 2015

      Iran talks leave Sunni Arabs fretting about Tehran’s influence

      The effrontery with which Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, and his Republican partisans in the US Congress, have...

    6. March 5, 2015

      Economic pressure grows on Iran’s president as nuclear deal nears

      It is unusual for teachers, or any other group, to defy an official ban on protests in Iran. Yet tens of thousands of...

    7. March 5, 2015

      The answer for Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu is war against Iran

      Irony is not Benjamin Netanyahu’s strong suit. Israel’s prime minister was in Washington this week to issue another of his...

    8. March 1, 2015

      John Kerry defends Iran diplomacy as Israeli PM heads for US

      The Obama administration insisted on Sunday that diplomacy with Iran deserved “the benefit of the doubt”, as Benjamin...

    9. February 19, 2015

      Iran and west narrow gap in nuclear talks

      World powers and Iran are making “significant” progress towards a deal to curb Tehran’s ability to build an atomic bomb — so...

    10. February 13, 2015

      Ecological disaster looms in Iran’s dying wetlands

      Iran’s dying wetlands The fertile Hamoun wetlands on Iran’s border with Afghanistan have a long history. They supported a...

    11. FT Photo Diary

      February 11, 2015

      Revolution remembered

      An Iranian girl shows her hand painted with the national flag colors during a ceremony marking the 36th anniversary of the...

    12. January 28, 2015

      Netanyahu’s Washington trip risks creating losers all round

      When was the last time you heard a Fox News anchor defend Barack Obama? For that rare contrarian moment, you can thank...

    13. January 21, 2015

      Iran demand stalls move to reopen British embassy in Tehran

      Efforts to reopen Britain’s embassy in Iran have been stalled by a dispute over Tehran’s demands to inspect two containers...

    14. FT Photo Diary

      January 21, 2015

      Iranian mourners

      Iranian mourners at a funeral procession in Tehran for Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, a commander in the Islamic...

    15. January 16, 2015

      Obama and Cameron warn against new Iran sanctions

      Barack Obama and David Cameron warned on Friday that new sanctions on Iran could cause the collapse of nuclear negotiations,...

    16. January 7, 2015

      Iran’s atomic matters of the heart

      Heart is not a word that springs to mind when you think of centrifuges spinning enriched uranium. “Scary” or “mushroom...

    17. January 4, 2015

      Rouhani threatens to hold referendum

      President Hassan Rouhani has threatened to hold an unprecedented referendum in Iran as he warned hardline opponents of a...

    18. January 1, 2015

      Fears grow over Iran’s disgruntled Sunni Muslims

      For Hassan Amini, Friday prayers are a weekly reminder of the “humiliation” faced by Iranian Sunni. The dissident Sunni...

    19. December 29, 2014

      General’s death highlights Iran’s role in Iraq

      Thousands of Revolutionary Guards gathered in Tehran on Monday for the funeral of Brigadier General Hamid Taghavi, the...

    20. 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...

    21. December 18, 2014

      Border town in Iranian Kurdistan booms through trade with Iraq

      At first glance, the Kurdish border town of Baneh is anything but prosperous. Houses are shabby, roads are narrow and...

    22. 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...

    23. December 12, 2014

      China offers to help Iraq defeat Sunni extremists

      China has offered to help Iraq defeat Sunni extremists with support for air strikes, according to Ibrahim Jafari, Iraq’s...

    24. December 8, 2014

      Rouhani confronts Iran’s hardliners on corruption

      Iran’s president on Monday launched a strongly-worded attack on his hardline political rivals, warning that widespread...

    25. December 7, 2014

      Iran budget not hit by fall in oil price, says Hassan Rouhani

      Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, has unveiled spending cuts and tax rises in next year’s $93.6bn budget as Tehran...

    26. FT Alphaville

      December 3, 2014

      FirstFt (the new Lunch Wrap)

      Bhopal remembered, Iran strikes Isis and Martin Wolf welcomes oil price fall Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary say they had no...

    27. December 3, 2014

      Iran’s Kurds seek coexistence with Shia as life improves

      Vafa, an Iranian Kurd, was born in the Kurdish city of Sanandaj just as Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution erupted. He spent the...

    28. December 3, 2014

      Iranian jets attack Isis in eastern Iraq

      Images of Iranian air strikes in eastern Iraq have provided the first concrete evidence of direct involvement by the Iranian...

    29. The World

      November 27, 2014

      End to Middle East turmoil depends on bringing Iran in from the cold

      The failure to meet this week’s deadline for a definitive nuclear deal between Iran and the so-called P5+1 (the US, UK,...

    30. The A-List

      November 25, 2014

      Even an imperfect Iran nuclear deal is worth pursuing

      The nuclear talks involving Iran and the P5+1 countries – the US, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany as well as the...

    31. November 24, 2014

      John Kerry appeals for patience as Iran talks extended by seven months

      John Kerry, US secretary of state, said diplomatic efforts to curb Iran’s nuclear programme had “earned the benefit of the...

    32. November 21, 2014

      Diplomats eye interim Iran agreement as final deal talks stall

      Diplomats meeting in Vienna are working on a temporary, broad-brush agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme after efforts to...

    33. November 20, 2014

      Failure to reach a nuclear deal will drive Iran into Russia’s arms

      Tehran and Moscow, facing similar political and economic pressures from the west, have developed strong ties since the...

    34. November 20, 2014

      US and Iran prepare for the blame game

      “If it were not for the last minute, nothing would ever get done,” the American writer Rita Mae Brown once put it. Her...

    35. The World

      November 20, 2014

      Iran Nuclear Talks: A Geek's guide

      IAEA inspectors at Natanz nuclear power plant earlier this year It all seems so simple: Iran’s aggressive expansion of its –...

    36. November 13, 2014

      ‘Womenomics’ is starting to transform the Muslim world

      The first convert to Islam was a businesswoman. She was a wealthy trader who inherited her father’s business and later...

    37. November 7, 2014

      Iranian general is new hero in battle against Isis

      In Iran, military heroes tend to be recognised only after their death. While the Islamic regime is eager to promote the...

    38. November 6, 2014

      A move towards a nuclear deal with Iran

      The US and EU are holding a potentially historic meeting with Iran from Sunday, in the final stretch of negotiations on...

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