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(...)

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton arrives with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a photo opportunity before the start of three days of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva today. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry said today that the issue of whether Iran will ultimately be allowed to enrich uranium will not be decided in an in(...)

President Hassan Rouhani: offered the Bush administration a “grand bargain” back in 2003/2004. Photograph: Reuters

‘The Saudis’ worst nightmare would be the administration striking a grand bargain with Iran. ” Robert Gordon, US ambassador to Riyadh in 2001-2003, so(...)