A man holds a copy of the daily ‘Shargh’ newspaper with pictures of Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani and former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani under the headline  ‘Decisive victory for the reformist, outside a kiosk in Tehran on Sunday. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani and his allies won big gains in elections that could deepen the country’s engagement with the world after his governme(...)

Iranian women show their IDs as they wait in line to cast their votes in the parliamentary and Assemblyof  Experts  election outside a polling station at Ershad Mosque in Tehran, on Friday. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Millions of Iranians voted in high-stake elections on Friday that could shift the balance of power within the hardline-controlled Islamic elite by ush(...)

A picture from  March 16th, 2015 shows Iranian conductor Ali Rahbari (centre) and the Tehran Symphony Orchestra  after performing at the Vahdat Hall in Tehran. A recent  performance by the orchestra was cancelled at the last minute because the musical ensemble contained women, Mr Rahbari said, adding  he was told 15 minutes before the show  that it could not proceed. File photograph: Amir Pourmand/AFP/Getty Images

Hardline conservative elements in Iran have been causing the abrupt closure of concerts and intimidating musicians in a show of force aimed at the mod(...)

Switzerland’s ambassador to Iran Giulio Haas addresses an event of the Swiss government-funded organization Swiss Global Enterprise in Zurich. Switzerland’s ambassador on Thursday called Iran a “pole of stability” in the Middle East. Photograph:  Reuters

Switzerland expressed regret on Friday after its ambassador to Iran displayed a cartoon depicting two doves defecating on Israeli Prime Minister Benj(...)

The critically acclaimed A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, directed by Ana Lily Amirpour

Jafar Panahi’s The Circle returns to the IFI tomorrow. Its screening serves as a reminder that the relationship between Iran’s political and artist(...)

The historic deal struck in Vienna could not have happened without Ayatollah Ali  Khameni’s blessing. File photograph: EPA/Supremem leader official website

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has weathered some critical moments over the last quarter of a century- the US-led invasion of Iraq in (...)

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(...)