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(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry with  his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif,  during a new round of nuclear negotiations in Montreux, Switzerland,  yesterday. Photograph: Evan Vucci/Reuters

They have spent long hours alone together. They exchange private emails. Their walk along the Rhone river in Geneva in January so unnerved hardline la(...)

Iranians carry the coffin  of  musician, composer and pop star Morteza Pashaei outside the Vahdat Hall in Tehran today. Photograph:  Abedin/Taherkenareh/EPA.

The funeral of an Iranian pop star has drawn out the biggest crowds seen on the streets of the Islamic Republic since mass protests in 2009 over(...)

The figure of Mohammad Mossadegh, the prime minister of Iran who was overthrown by the CIA and MI6 in 1953, continues to haunt Iran, as in this painting by Farideh Lashai. Photograph: Nazanin Paykar-Ara

A tall, ravishing brunette with a superior air, drenched in Chanel 5, greets visitors to a gallery opening in north Tehran. Women flaunt their long(...)

Iranian rial banknotes bearing a portrait of the late Ayatollah Khomeini sit on the stand of an Iraqi money dealer in Arbil. If the six great powers negotiating with Iran reach an agreement on the nuclear issue by the July 20th deadline, the rial is sure to appreciate. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images

The face of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the father of Iran’s Islamic revolution, stares at you from one side of the 50,000 rial banknote. On the othe(...)

Irish peackeepers in Lebanon: “The region has stabilised but it can still kick off; all it takes is one little incident.

The 10km drive from the headquarters of the joint Finnish-Irish battalion headquarters near At-tiri in South Lebanon to the Irish outpost, UNP 6-52, (...)

Zeal: Iranian women pledge their lives to the Islamic revolution. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

A year ago today the Islamic Republic of Iran elected Hassan Rouhani its seventh president. He promised to revive the economy and improve relations wi(...)

Iranian students, who occupied the US embassy in Tehran, singing during the press conference held in November 1979 by the second released group of embassy staffers. Photograph: Getty Images

Three decades after hard-line students occupied the US embassy and took diplomats hostage for 444 days, many of the now middle-aged revolutiona(...)

President Hassan Rohani with UN secretary-general  Ban Ki-moon. Photograph: Reuters

Let us hope we will never have to relive the dark days of the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, when the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war. Rece(...)

 A handout picture provided by the US Department of State shows US secretary of state John Kerry (right) embracing under secretary of state for political affairs Wendy Sherman after sic nations concluded a nuclear deal with Iran in Geneva, Switzerland, this morning. Photograph: EPA

Iran and six world powers reached a breakthrough deal early today to curb Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for limited sanctions relief, in w(...)