Prime minister Manuel Valls at the start of an extraordinary session on Syria on Tuesday: he said 1,880 French citizens or residents have joined IS. Photograph: Eric Feferbergeric/AFP

France alone will choose its targets in Syria, “but it is out of the question that our airstrikes help strengthen the regime of Bashar al-Assad,” pri(...)

The critically acclaimed A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, directed by Ana Lily Amirpour

Jafar Panahi’s The Circle returns to the IFI tomorrow. Its screening serves as a reminder that the relationship between Iran’s political and artist(...)

Spring turns to winter
  • World
  • December 29, 2013, 12:32

If there are common threads running through the world turmoil of 2013, notably of its most unstable region, the Middle East, they are perhaps the indi(...)

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: “I don’t think anyone can overstate the Iranian danger”

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has warned that a nuclear Iran will prevent peace between Israel and the Palestinians.Addressing the annual(...)

Hassan Rohani during a news conference in Tehran yesterday at which he said he would “revive ethics and constructive interaction with the world through moderation”. Photograph: Reuters/Fars News/Majid Hagdost

President-elect Hassan Rohani held out the prospect yesterday of better relations between Iran and the world, including the United States, and progres(...)

Behind the veil

There have been false dawns before in the Islamic Republic. For many of its people the 1997 election Mohammed Khatami as president was a sign that Ira(...)

A supporter of moderate cleric Hassan Rohani celebrates his victory in Iran’s presidential election in Tehran. Photograph: Reuters/Fars News/Sina Shiri

When jubilant crowds poured on to the streets of Tehran to celebrate the surprise victory of Hassan Rohani, it was not only to express support for the(...)

Iranian president-elect Hassan Rohani speaks to the media following a visit to the Khomeini mausoleum in Tehran yesterday. Reuters/Fars News/Seyed Hassan Mousavi

The surprise victory of a mild-mannered cleric in Iran’s presidential elections has raised hopes of more pragmatic policies at home and abroad after e(...)

A supporter of moderate cleric Hassan Rohani celebrates his victory in Iran’s presidential election in Tehran last night. Photograph: Yalda Moayeri/Reuters

Moderate cleric Hassan Rohani won Iran’s presidential election with a resounding defeat of conservative hardliners, calling it a victory of moderation(...)

Supporters in Tehran with  a campaign poster for successful Iranian presidential candidate Hassan Rohani. Photograph: Mehdi Ghassemi/ISNA/Reuters

Iran’s new president, a moderate cleric known for his conciliatory nuclear talks with world powers, will take office carrying the hopes of reformists (...)