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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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,...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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 –...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. November 6, 2014

      Empowered Republicans wary of Iran talks

      As US officials prepare for last-ditch talks this weekend over a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration will soon...

    16. FT Photo Diary

      November 4, 2014

      Tehran demonstration

      Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty An Iranian woman stands in front of the painted wall of the former US embassy on Tuesday in Tehran. A...

    17. October 23, 2014

      Houthi expansion threatens Yemen’s strategic Bab al-Mandab strait

      Houthi militants are expanding their presence into western Yemen around a vital maritime corridor that controls access to...

    18. October 22, 2014

      Iranians struggle with cost of living

      Hassan Rouhani likes to compare Iran’s galloping inflation rate to a wild horse, while reassuring long-suffering citizens...

    19. October 16, 2014

      Business chiefs look to future Iran opportunities

      When Iran’s business elite and foreign entrepreneurs gathered in London to lay the ground for the day international...

    20. October 2, 2014

      The fatal flaw in the west’s fight against Isis

      Istanbul has lost none of its magical energy. Turkey, though, has mislaid its geopolitical compass. Not so long ago, Recep...

    21. September 25, 2014

      Rouhani charm offensive at UN fails to impress Iran’s hardliners

      Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s charm offensive at the UN this week has raised the hopes of pro-reform politicians and...

    22. September 24, 2014

      David Cameron and Hassan Rouhani meet in UN amid signs of thaw

      British prime minister David Cameron on Wednesday met Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, the first such encounter...

    23. FT Photo Diary

      September 22, 2014

      Iran marks 1980 Iraq invasion

      Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA Iranian soldiers mark the Iraqi invasion in 1980, which led to an eight-year war (1980-1988), during...

    24. September 18, 2014

      Court rejects EU’s freeze on assets of Iran central bank

      The EU’s initial freeze on the assets of Iran’s central bank has been struck out in court, calling into question the bloc’s...

    25. September 18, 2014

      For or against Isis, Iran must make its choice

      As John Kerry, US secretary of state, works to build a coalition to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as...

    26. 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...

    27. beyondbrics

      September 15, 2014

      Guest post: Exotic among exotics, Iran shares cast a spell

      By Faisal Ghori, author The best performing stock market in the world in 2013 was up 130 per cent last year*. The country...

    28. September 15, 2014

      Think Lebanon rather than D-Day in campaign against Isis

      From US air power above to the grassroots intelligence contacts of Turkish, Kurdish and Iranian security apparatus on the...

    29. 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...

    30. August 29, 2014

      Choose enemies carefully but be less picky about allies

      Perhaps the most duplicated photograph in diplomatic history shows Chairman Mao Zedong smiling benignly at Henry Kissinger,...

    31. August 27, 2014

      Syria’s opposition should steel itself to wait, not fight

      Professional mediators maintain that parties to a conflict have an incentive to enter serious negotiations only when they...

    32. August 24, 2014

      Iran claims to have shot down Israeli drone

      Iran’s Revolutionary Guards claimed on Sunday they had downed an Israeli drone that was allegedly trying to spy on a major...

    33. August 20, 2014

      Iraq’s elusive political consensus

      After weeks of alarm over the lightning advance of a brutal, transnational jihadi group in Iraq, a nation fearing for its...

    34. August 10, 2014

      Iranian passenger aircraft crashes in Tehran

      An Iranian passenger aircraft flying from Tehran crashed immediately after taking off, killing most of the passengers and...

    35. 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...

    36. July 14, 2014

      A dose of realism is needed to resolve Iran’s nuclear crisis

      By Sunday, the world will know whether Tehran and six world powers have found a path towards a peaceful resolution of the...

    37. June 27, 2014

      Iraq makes awkward allies of US enemies

      US policy makers surveying the alarming military surge of Sunni militants in Iraq are not short of powerful regional allies...

    38. June 25, 2014

      Iran-Saudi proxy war heats up as Isis entrenches in Iraq

      When Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal announced in May that he was inviting his Iranian counterpart for a visit, it...

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