Iran’s leader Ayatollah Khamenei reportedly sent Barack Obama a secret letter in response to a suggestion by Mr Obama that a deal could be struck on Iran’s nuclear projects. Photograph: Handout via EPA

Iran’s leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has responded to overtures from US president Barack Obama by sending him a secret letter amid nuclear talks, the (...)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei greeting Iranian air force officers during a ceremony in Tehran on Sunday. Media reports say Mr Khamenei revealed he would back a nuclear agreement currently being negotiated between Iran and world powers. Photograph: EPA

Iran’s supreme leader said yesterday he could accept a compromise in nuclear talks and gave his strongest defence yet of President Hassan Rouhani’s de(...)

A picture released by the official website of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shows him waving to the crowd as he drives through the historic Iranian city of Isfaha. Photograph: AFP

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani berated the world’s nuclear powers Wednesday, saying atomic weapons had not kept them safe and reiterating that his(...)

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(...)