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(...)

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, at a press conference in response to the Iran nuclear deal. Photograph; Andrew Harnik/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama faces stormy weeks ahead as he must convince fellow Democrats and Republicans at home and disgruntled allies in the Middle E(...)

Deal on nuclear weapons ensures chance of thaw in US-Iran relations. Photograph: Getty Images

The historic deal over Tehran’s nuclear programme can bridge the gulf between Iran’s isolated and sanctions-ridden citizens and the people of the rest(...)

The nuclear agreement signed yesterday between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany and the EU is a landmark pi(...)