An Iranian security guard stands as US secretary of state John Kerry meets the Iranian delegation including foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a hotel in Vienna where the  nuclear talks meetings are being held. Photograph:  Carlos Barria/Reuters

Tehran and world powers were still shy of a breakthrough at nuclear talks yesterday as foreign ministers flew in to lend heft to negotiations that foc(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry leans his crutches on a table before delivering his statement on Cuba outside the hotel where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Carlos Barria/AFP/Getty Images

The global nuclear watchdog has said its head would fly to Tehran to discuss some of the last big issues that need to be resolved so that Iran and wor(...)

Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and his Iranian wife Yeganeh Salehi in Tehran in September 2013. Rezaian, a dual Iranian-American citizen, has been been jailed since July last year on charges including espionage. Photograph: EPA/STR

Jason Rezaian’s article in the Washington Post on July 17th, 2014 was a charming colour feature about how a growing number of Iranians were embracing (...)

Fighters from a coalition of rebel groups called “Jaish al Fateh” in an underpass near Psoncol, in the Idlib countryside, Syria. Photograph: Mohamad Bayoush/Reuters

Thousands of Iranian, Afghan and Iraqi fighters have arrived in Syria to defend Damascus and its suburbs against Islamic State (IS), which has said it(...)

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(...)