Iraqi Shiite men who have volunteered to join government forces and militias in the fight against jihadists from  Islamic State. Photpgraph: Haidar Hamdani/AFP/Getty Images)

In August of this year two groups of which few people had previously been aware came to global attention in dramatic fashion. Thousands of Yazidis – a(...)

News that the international nuclear talks with Iran are to be extended until next July is welcome. But realistically it will be more difficult to find(...)

A man reads a copy of the Iranian ‘Hamshahri’ newspaper  with a headline reading: ‘The Geneva deal extended until first of July’. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out angrily at the western powers for trying to “bring Iran to its knees” following the failure t(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry in Vienna with foreign ministers Philip Hammond of the UK, Sergei Lavrov of Russia, Javad Zarif of Iran, Frank- Walter Steinmeier of Germany, Laurent Fabius of France and EU envoy Catherine Ashton and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi. Photograph: Joe Klamar/Reuters

Iran and six world powers failed on Monday for a second time this year to resolve their 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, and gave them(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry addresses the media after the nuclear talks session with Iran in Vienna. Photograph: AP Photo/Ronald Zak

The longer the international standoff over Iran’s suspect nuclear programme continues, the more dangerous and volatile the situation becomes. All s(...)

 Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and  US secretary of state John Kerry at the talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia, USA) and Iran in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Roland Schlager/EPA

Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year to resolve a 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more mo(...)

With the November 24th deadline looming for the expiry of an interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme, the prospects for a comprehensive deal rem(...)

British prime minister David Cameron is to meet the president of Iran in New York today to urge him to join the international effort to tackle Islamic State. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

British prime minister David Cameron is to meet the president of Iran today to urge him to join the international effort to tackle Islamic State.The m(...)

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter walks past a house destroyed by American air strikes at Barznki village two days ago in Zummar, controlled by Islamic State (IS), near Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/ Reuters

The United States has taken the first step in its expanded fight against Islamic State (IS) militants, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces near (...)

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(...)