Marzieh Afkham, who is the country’s first foreign ministry spokeswoman, is to head a mission in east Asia

Iran is set to appoint its first female ambassador since the 1979 Islamic revolution, marking a breakthrough for women in government under the moderat(...)

A Yemeni girl pulls the suitcase of a relative who returned to Yemen, at Sanaa’s international airport yesterday. Photograph: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images

Yemeni president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has appointed his former prime minister as vice president, a move apparently aimed at improving the chances(...)

An undated handout image of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photograph: Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader/The New York Times.

Iran’s leader has condemned as genocide the military intervention by its main regional rival Saudi Arabia in Yemen, escalating Tehran’s rhetoric again(...)

Failure to finalise a framework agreement between Iran and the six major powers aimed at curbing the country’s sensitive nuclear work could profoundly destabilise the Islamic Republic, analysts and politicians say. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Iran’s supreme leader has invited domestic critics of a nuclear agreement reached last week to speak out, emphasising that it was too early for him to(...)

Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif  after speaking during a news conference on the nuclear talks with western powers in Lausanne, Switzerland, on April 2nd. Hardliners in Iran are going out of their way to laud  Mr Zarif and his team of negotiators, as well as the government of President Hassan Rouhani. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/New York Times

Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iranian hardliners have been free to take to the streets and object to any form of compromise with the West, and(...)

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, greets the crowd as the nuclear negotiating committee arrives at Mehr Abad Airport in Tehran yesterday shortly after announcing the ingredients of a historic nuclear deal with world powers. Photograph: Borna Ghasemi/AFP/Getty images

Even after learning about a politically seismic event – a nuclear agreement that could augur an end to the era of sanctions and shouts of “Death to Am(...)

President Hassan Rouhani has pledged that Iran will abide by its commitments in the nuclear agreement reached in Switzerland yesterday.He said Iranian(...)

Women sitting in a car flash the “V for Victory” sign as they celebrate on Valiasr street in northern Tehran  after the announcement of an agreement on Iran nuclear talks. Iran and global powers sealed a deal on plans to curb Tehran’s chances for getting a nuclear bomb, laying the ground for a new relationship between the Islamic republic and the West. Photo: Atta Kenreatta/AFP 1:49

Iran and world powers reached a framework agreement on Friday on curbing Iran’s nuclear programme for at least a decade, a step towards a final pact t(...)

EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini and Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

The breakthrough in negotiations between Iran and the five permanent Security Council members plus Germany, could enable Iran to reach political and e(...)

British-Iranian Ghoncheh Ghavami, who was  jailed in 2014 in Tehran after trying to attend a men’s volleyball match. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

An appeals court in Tehran has dismissed charges against an Iranian-British woman who was jailed for trying to attend a men’s volleyball game, meanin(...)