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US secretary of state John Kerry shakes hands with Oman’s foreign minister Yussef bin Alawi as EU envoy Catherine Ashton and Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif watch before talks on Tehran’s nuclear programme began in Muscat on Sunday.  Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/Reuters

Iran, the United States and the European Union ended two days of high-level talks on Tehran’s nuclear programme today with no immediate sign they had (...)

With the November 24th deadline looming for the expiry of an interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme, the prospects for a comprehensive deal rem(...)

 A Syrian refugee man walks after crossing the border to Turkey during fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish YPG fighters near Kobane, Syria, at Suruc district in Turkey today. Photograph: EPA

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait are discussing the creation of a military pact to take on Islamic militants, with the possibi(...)

Ghoncheh Ghavami (25) was arrested on June 2th outside the Tehran’s Azadi Stadium, where she and others were demanding that women be allowed in to watch a volleyball match between Iran and Italy. Photograph:

Human rights activists have described the jailing in Iran of an Iranian-British woman for trying to attend a men’s volleyball game as “appalling”. Gho(...)

BNP Paribas, France’s number one bank, said third-quarter net income rose 11 per cent from a year ago as gains in fixed income trading and in interna(...)

Oil export revenues account for about 60 per cent of Iran’s government revenues and more than half of Russia’s. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Is it just my imagination or is there a global oil war under way pitting the United States and Saudi Arabia on one side against Russia and Iran on the(...)

Binyamin Netanyahu: accused by a US source as only interested “in protecting himself from political defeat”. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

US relations with Israel have plunged to new depths of bitterness and hostility as senior officials in the Obama administration decried Binyamin Netan(...)

Tony Mangan enjoying a rest on his red couch

Friday afternoon, driving down the N11, trying to find the man who has run around the world. Because if Tony Mangan is for real he must be at least se(...)

For a deal to be struck with Iran, US president Barack Obama must navigate three sets of negotiations. Photograph: Mike Theiler/Reuters
Obama Iran deal could skirt Congress
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  • October 20, 2014, 17:48

No one knows if United States president Barack Obama’s administration will manage in the next five weeks to strike what many in the White House consid(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna this week for talks on curtailing Iran’s nuclear programme. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/EPA

The United States is still striving to complete a comprehensive agreement to curtail Iran’s nuclear programme by the November 24th deadline, though “s(...)

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