United Nations secretary general Ban ki-Moon arrives to a meeting with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry and Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif agreed at a meeting on Sunday to meet “as needed” while at the U(...)

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells towards Zummar, controlled by Islamic State, near Mosul in Iraq yesterday. Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah

Twenty-six countries, including the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and 10 Arab states, as well as representatives of the Arab Leagu(...)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after his surgery in a hospital in Tehran yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader

Iran’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has successfully undergone prostate surgery, Iranian state media and his website said yeste(...)

A displaced man and a woman from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Iran turned its back on Nouri al-Maliki yesterday, and congratulated his designated successor as prime minister of Iraq, paving the way for Mr Maliki’(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (C) arrives to meet with Iraqi speaker of parliament Usama al-Nujayfi, in Baghdad today. Mr Kerry also met Iraq’s prime minister Nuri al-Maliki to push for a more inclusive government. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Pool/Reuters.

US secretary of state John Kerry said has said that US support for Iraqi security forces will be “intense and sustained” to help them combat an Islami(...)

“We are strongly opposed to US and other intervention in Iraq,” IRNA news agency quoted Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying. Photograph: Reuters

Iran’s supreme leader yesterday accused the US of trying to retake control of Iraq by exploiting sectarian rivalries, as Sunni insurgents drove tow(...)

Children watch a   show of force rally by the Shia Madhi Army paramilitary force   in Baghdad yesterday. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Iran’s top leader rejected possible intervention in Iraq by the United States or any other outside power, accusing Washington of trying to manipulate (...)

Iraqi Shia Turkmen fighters take part in an intensive security deployment in the town of Taza, south of the northern oil city of Kirkuk. Photograph: Reuters/stringer

US president Barack Obama said today the United States would send up to 300 military advisers to support Iraqi forces confronting an al Qaeda-inspired(...)

Zeal: Iranian women pledge their lives to the Islamic revolution. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

A year ago today the Islamic Republic of Iran elected Hassan Rouhani its seventh president. He promised to revive the economy and improve relations wi(...)

Iranian ambassador to Ireland Javad Kachoueian: “The people of my country cannot accept that others tell them not to have a peaceful nuclear programme.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Ten months after President Hassan Rouhani took office, Iran is emerging from the isolation that followed the repression of the 2009 “green movement”. (...)