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The revolutionary guards should definitely carry out their programme and not be satisfied with the present level, says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photograph:  Reuters

Iran’s supreme leader described as “stupid and idiotic” Western expectations for his country to curb its missile development, striking a defiant tone (...)

Marsha Mehran, an Iranian-born author who wrote a hugely successful debut novel centred on Iranian expatriates in Ireland, died unexpectedly and, to d(...)

Locals in Lecanvey, Westport, Co Mayo, say internationally acclaimed novelist Marsha Mehran, who was found dead in her apartment on Wednesday, led a “(...)

A woman casting her vote at a polling station in Baghdad. Iraqis headed to the polls yesterday in their first national election since US forces withdrew in 2011. Photograph: Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah

Iraqis nervously cast ballots yesterday in a national election seen as a referendum on security issues that could have widespread ramifications for th(...)

The Suncor oil sands extraction facility near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP

At a time of Russian sabre-rattling and with the Middle East in turmoil, a welcome geopolitical treble win could be on the cards. The United St(...)

Partry House is one of the oldest houses in the west of Ireland and dates back to 1677, when it was home to the Blosse Lynch family for (...)

US president Barack Obama signed a law today that effectively bars an Iranian diplomat from serving as an envoy at the United Nations. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst /Reuters

US president Barack Obama signed a law today that effectively bars an Iranian diplomat from serving as an envoy at the United Nations because o(...)

The mother (R) of murder victim Abdolah Hosseinzade slapping the face of Balal (C), who was convicted and sentenced to death for killing her son, before removing the rope from around his neck, during the execution in the northern city of Nowshahr, Iran on Tuesday.  Photograph: Arash Kamooshi/EPA

When he felt the noose around his neck, Balal must have thought he was about to take his last breath. Minutes earlier, crowds had watched as gu(...)

If Hamid Aboutalebi really represented a credible threat to the securiy of the US a plausible case could be made for the latter’s flouting of i(...)

In a rare unanimous vote, the US House of Representatives passed legislation aimed at barring Hamid Abutalebi from receiving a visa to enter the US. Photograph: EPA

The United States denied a visa to Iran’s proposed UN ambassador today, citing the envoy’s links to the 1979-1981 Iranian hostage crisis, in a (...)

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