Saudi King Salman with  Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Both condemned the weekend attacks in Paris. Photograph:  Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

Middle Eastern leaders condemned Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Saudi King Salman called them “repugnant”, offering condolences to François H(...)

Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tehran should not give up core elements of its atomic programme until allegations of past military dimensions had been settled. Photograph: Reuters

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday approved the Iranian government’s nuclear deal with world powers but said Tehran should not give up(...)

Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian: a court in Iran  convicted him in  a secret espionage trial. Photograph:  Zoeann Murphy/The Washington Post/ Reuters

The Washington Post has said its Tehran bureau chief, Jason Rezaian, has been convicted in Iran after weeks of waiting for a verdict in his secret esp(...)

US president Barack Obama meets with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 summit meeting in Mexico, in 2012. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Through the summer of 2015, Vladimir Putin has played a bold and unexpected diplomatic hand, taking Moscow from being frozen out over Ukraine to a pow(...)

 An Iranian hugs her mother upon her arrival back  in Tehran, Iran, after performing the hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iran’s death toll from the Saudi hajj disaster has nearly doubled to 464 pilgrims killed, state media reported today - a development that is likely to(...)

 Muslim pilgrims surround the Kaaba at the Masjid al-Haram Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Amel Pain/EPA

Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry has said that the 1,100 photos distributed to foreign diplomats to help identify nationals who died in the hajj trage(...)

An aerial view of the Masjid al-Haram holy mosque and the Kaaba at its centre, Mecca, in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: EPA

Iran’s supreme leader has said Saudi Arabia should apologise for a crush outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca that killed 769 worshippers performing (...)

“When the people rose up against the Shah, the United States aggressively supported the Shah until the last moments. In the eight-year war with Iraq, the Americans supported Saddam.” - President Hassan Rouhani. Photograph: Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has tried to reassure a skeptical American public that when crowds in Tehran chant “Death to America!” they don’t mean(...)

Protesters  breaking into  British Embassy in the Iranian capital in November 2011. Photograph:  FarsNews/Getty Images

Britain will reopen its embassy in Iran this weekend nearly four years after protesters ransacked it and burned the British flag. The move marks a tha(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani: “This is a new page in history,” he said, reiterating that the deal had launched a phase of reconciliation with the outside world. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani defended Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers after it came under attack from conservatives at home, arguing on T(...)