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(...)

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(...)

President Hassan Rouhani has pledged that Iran will abide by its commitments in the nuclear agreement reached in Switzerland yesterday.He said Iranian(...)

Women sitting in a car flash the “V for Victory” sign as they celebrate on Valiasr street in northern Tehran  after the announcement of an agreement on Iran nuclear talks. Iran and global powers sealed a deal on plans to curb Tehran’s chances for getting a nuclear bomb, laying the ground for a new relationship between the Islamic republic and the West. Photo: Atta Kenreatta/AFP 1:49

Iran and world powers reached a framework agreement on Friday on curbing Iran’s nuclear programme for at least a decade, a step towards a final pact t(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry looks out of the window of his room at the Beau-Rivage Palace hotel during a break in Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Major powers and Iran were closer to a preliminary accord on Tehran’s nuclear programme as marathon talks ran into yesterday, but were stuck over k(...)

Searching  for a deal ....  US secretary of state John Kerry looks at the view of Lake Geneva from his hotel room as the Iran nuclear talks continue, in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Wednesday. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Major powers and Iran were closer to a preliminary accord on reining in Tehran’s nuclear programme as marathon talks ran into Wednesday, but they hit (...)

Soldiers and Houthi fighters inspect the damage caused by air strikes on the airport of Yemen’s northwestern city of Saada, a Houthi stronghold near the Saudi border, on Monday. Fighter jets attacked the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, residents said. Photograph: Reuters

Iran-allied Houthi militiamen pushed into the northeastern suburbs of the Yemeni port city of Aden on Monday amid heavy clashes with loyalists of pre(...)

US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman (L), US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (2nd L), US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (2nd R) wait to start a meeting with  Iranian officials in Lausanne. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

The foreign ministers of Iran and six world powers met on Monday in a final push for a preliminary nuclear accord less than two days before their dea(...)

US under secretary for political affairs Wendy Sherman , secretary of state John Kerry, secretary of energy Ernest Moniz, National Security Council point person on the Middle East Robert Malley, EU political director Helga Schmid, head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  at a meeting yesterday.

, Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani spoke with the leaders of France, Britain, China and Russia yesterday in an apparent effort to break an impasse h(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (right) with members his negotiating team, including chief of staff Jon Finer (left) and under secretary for political affairs Wendy Sherman.  Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Iranian envoys are set to leave nuclear negotiations in Switzerland later on Friday after final consultations this afternoon with US secretary of sta(...)