Iran will not seek diplomatic ties with US

TEHRAN, IRAN - DECEMBER 17, 2014: Ali Shamkhani the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran. (Photo by Kaveh Kazemi)
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Nuclear negotiations stand alone, says top security official

FT Magazine

A shepherd who fled Mosul when it was overrun by Isis forces, pictured in the Taq Taq oil field in Iraqi Kurdistan ©Sebastian Meyer
The Kurds of northern Iraq face terror from Isis and political pressure from Baghdad – jeopardising their long-held dream of independence
– Roula Khalaf
TEHRAN, IRAN - DECEMBER 17, 2014: Ali Shamkhani the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran. (Photo by Kaveh Kazemi)
©Kaveh Kazemi

Transcript: Ali Shamkhani interview

Translation: Iran’s top security official Ali Shamkhani speaks to the FT

Sebsi claims victory in Tunisia election

Opponent refuses to concede defeat until official results

Egypt and Qatar edge towards detente

Cairo meeting signals Riyadh’s reconciliation drive

Non-Opec producers blamed for oil slide

Saudi and UAE vow to maintain output targets at 30m barrels a day

Presidential vote polarises Tunisia

Regional and class rifts threaten to derail political transition

Isis morale falls as momentum slows

Frustration grows among jihadis as focus shifts to governing

US says strike killed senior Isis leaders

Officials see loss of commanders affecting group’s operations

Iraqi Kurds retake besieged Mt Sinjar

Hundreds freed from Isis mountaintop stronghold

Cost of war put at $35bn for Middle East

Cross-border trade laid waste by Syrian conflict and rise of Isis

Forces reshaping world in two words

Splintering of old order is most stark in the Middle East

Iranian border town booms from Iraq trade

Illicit business has turned Kurdish Baneh into a multibillion-dollar shopping destination

Balancing act

As 2014 draws to a close, hope appears in short supply in the Arab world

Fifa World Cup investigator Garcia quits

Ethics head questions whether football body capable of change

Claims of murder by army found to be lies

Inquiry rejects Iraqi detainees’ allegations against UK soldiers

Rouhani’s fate is not tied to nuclear talks

It is the continued state of limbo that poses the most daunting challenge to Iran’s president

EU parliament recognises Palestinian state

Motion gives symbolic backing for an independent state along 1967 borders

Arab-Israeli tensions: Jerusalem tales

Violence in the holy city stirs fears of a religious conflict

Turkey drops high-profile corruption case

Court throws out appeals to press charges against sons of three former cabinet ministers

Palestinians push UN deadline on Israel

US urged to back departure from occupied territory

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