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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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    Western defence companies are on the back foot as deep cuts work their way through the...
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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. beyondbrics

    June 18, 2014

    New York morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * Militants seize most of key Iraqi refinery | The Baiji oil refinery, which supplies the north of the...

  4. June 17, 2014

    Britain rebuilds diplomatic ties with opening of Tehran embassy

    Britain and Iran will re-establish diplomatic relations within weeks when the UK reopens its embassy in Tehran, William...

  5. June 16, 2014

    William Hague announces closer ties with Iran

    William Hague said on Tuesday that circumstances were “right” to reopen Britain’s embassy in Iran. He told parliament in a...

  6. June 9, 2014

    Rouhani’s visit to Ankara lifts hopes for Turkey-Iran thaw

    Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani arrived in Turkey on Monday on a high-profile trip he hailed as a turning point –...

  7. June 8, 2014

    Iran’s plan for Syria aims to woo Saudi Arabia and the west

    The election in Syria last week that secured Bashar al-Assad a third term as president has been denounced by the opposition...

  8. FT Photo Diary

    June 4, 2014

    Remembering Khomeini

    John Moore/Getty Images An Iranian soldier walks past a portrait of the Ayatollah Khomeini outside Khomeini’s shrine on the...

  9. June 2, 2014

    IAEA warns of unanswered questions ahead of Iran nuclear talks

    Questions about Iranian atomic military research will not be answered by the July 20 deadline international powers have set...

  10. 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...

  11. May 23, 2014

    Iran hardliners crack down on social media after ‘Happy’ video

    It is an old tactic: whenever pro-reform forces are in power in Iran, conservatives play up the spectre of a “cultural...

  12. The World

    May 21, 2014

    Not so Happy in Tehran

    Happiness is a threat in the Islamic Republic, especially to conspiracy-minded hardliners. Since these fundamentalists lost...

  13. May 16, 2014

    ‘City of Lies’, by Ramita Navai

    City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran, by Ramita Navai, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, RRP£18.99, 320...

  14. May 13, 2014

    Saudi Arabia moves to ease regional tensions with Iran

    Saudi Arabia has invited Iran’s foreign minister to visit Riyadh to ease tensions between the two Gulf superpowers, which...

  15. May 5, 2014

    Iran’s hardliners step up attacks on Rouhani over nuclear talks

    Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency began a two-day trip to Tehran on Monday as Iran’s hardliners...

  16. April 22, 2014

    Iranian women’s rights remain hostage to political infighting

    In the female-only carriage of Tehran underground, about half a dozen women peddlers elbow their way through the crowd...

  17. April 15, 2014

    Burnt Generation, Terrace Rooms, Somerset House, London – review

    Three men lift a male corpse from a river. As they bend over the dead man, one of his naked legs falls free of his robe to...

  18. The World

    April 15, 2014

    Smart Reads April 15, 2014

    • The FT continues its Fragile Middle series with a look at how one in five Chinese are only one pay packet away from...

  19. beyondbrics

    March 25, 2014

    New York morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * Funds cut Russian holdings | Investors are beginning to wonder what the long-term consequences of the...

  20. March 19, 2014

    Grim economic outlook overshadows Iran’s new year festivities

    As the old year draws to a close in Iran, Haji Firouz, entertainers with soot-covered faces and shiny red outfits, carry on...

  21. beyondbrics

    March 14, 2014

    London morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * Malema bids to turn division into votes | ‘The only thing that has changed is the government of white people...

  22. March 13, 2014

    Iran’s Hassan Rouhani seals gas deal during visit to Oman

    President Hassan Rouhani of Iran has concluded an official trip to Oman by signing a long-awaited deal to supply natural gas...

  23. beyondbrics

    March 11, 2014

    Investing in Iran: not such a far frontier

    Last week this blog looked at the investment case for Iraq under the headline: “A frontier too far?” So we were struck by a...

  24. The A-List

    March 5, 2014

    The Saudis and Pakistan’s strategic shift on Syria

    At the behest of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan has made a strategic shift from its so far neutral position on Syria’s civil war –...

  25. 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...

  26. beyondbrics

    February 17, 2014

    The week ahead: Feb 17-21

    A slightly belated week ahead in emerging markets:Thailand, Mexico and Taiwan announce GDP for Q4; China’s Flash PMI; the...

  27. February 16, 2014

    Iran nuclear talks need to build trust on both sides

    Ronald Reagan’s famous dictum on dealing with the Soviet Union was to “trust, but verify”. But according to the US Senator...

  28. FT Photo Diary

    February 11, 2014

    35th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution

    Abedin Taherkenah/EPA Iran students show their fingers painted with Iran’s national flag during a ceremony marking the 35th...

  29. February 9, 2014

    Iran says investors spooked by warnings on sanctions violations

    US warnings against doing business with Iran have left companies confused about whether they can work in the Islamic...

  30. February 2, 2014

    Sanctions will weaken Rouhani’s hand in nuclear talks

    When Hassan Rouhani took office in August, film-maker Hossein Dehbashi made a political video setting the Iranian...

  31. February 2, 2014

    French business delegation aims for early bird advantage in Iran

    A delegation of more than 100 French companies is set to visit Tehran on Monday in the biggest demonstration of western...

  32. January 31, 2014

    Jack Straw calls on UK to reopen diplomatic ties with Iran

    Britain should re-establish full diplomatic relations with Iran within months, according to Jack Straw, the former foreign...

  33. January 28, 2014

    Ending Syrian carnage requires a rapid deal with Iran

    The talks in Geneva between Bashar al-Assad’s functionaries and mainly émigré opposition leaders – even if they marginally...

  34. January 23, 2014

    Iran courts western oil majors at Davos

    President Hassan Rouhani of Iran has asked a group of western oil majors to detail the conditions under which they would...

  35. January 23, 2014

    Hassan Rouhani outlines plan for Iran’s growth for next decade

    Hassan Rouhani, president of Iran, on Thursday predicted that his country had the potential to be one of the top 10...

  36. January 21, 2014

    Dubai eager to capitalise on Iran opening

    The many daily flights between Dubai and Tehran are always busy. But these days the Iranians heading home after business and...

  37. January 20, 2014

    Q&A: What has changed in the sanctions regime on Iran?

    EU foreign ministers on Monday approved a six-month suspension of certain sanctions on Iran after the International Atomic...

  38. January 20, 2014

    Oil markets likely to remain calm as Iran sanctions ease

    After all the talking, Monday will see the first easing of European Union oil-related sanctions against Iran, as a result of...

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