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(...)

Hassan Rohani during a news conference in Tehran yesterday at which he said he would “revive ethics and constructive interaction with the world through moderation”. Photograph: Reuters/Fars News/Majid Hagdost

President-elect Hassan Rohani held out the prospect yesterday of better relations between Iran and the world, including the United States, and progres(...)

A supporter of moderate cleric Hassan Rohani celebrates his victory in Iran’s presidential election in Tehran. Photograph: Reuters/Fars News/Sina Shiri

When jubilant crowds poured on to the streets of Tehran to celebrate the surprise victory of Hassan Rohani, it was not only to express support for the(...)

The reformists’ backing of Hassan Rohani, a former chief nuclear negotiator known for his conciliatory approach, is an effort to attract the votes of those Iranians hoping for greater freedoms and an end to Iran’s diplomatic isolation. Photograph: Reuters The reformists’ backing of Hassan Rohani, a former chief nuclear negotiator known for his conciliatory approach, is an effort to attract the votes of those Iranians hoping for greater freedoms and an end to Iran’s diplomatic isolation. Photograph: Reuters

Iranian reformists led by former president Mohammad Khatami have endorsed Hassan Rohani, the lone moderate contesting Friday’s election for the presid(...)