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BNP Paribas’s $10 billion fine was itself a moderation of an original $16 billion threat designed to introduce a sense of realism to executives at the bank who had considered their transgressions – if any – as worthy of a fine closer to the $1 billion mark. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

So when is a bank being punished too harshly? The plethora of nine and even 10-figure fines for manipulating markets in recent times is such that bank(...)

Turkey’s prime minister Tayyip Erdogan welcomes Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani before a meeting at Mr Erdogan’s office in Ankara on Monday. Umit Bektas/Reuters

President Hassan Rouhani, whose country’s relations with Turkey have been strained by the Syrian civil war, said in Ankara yesterday that Iran would m(...)

Soldiers patrol outside Jinnah International Airport in Karachi today after Taliban militants disguised as security forces stormed Pakistan’s busiest airport last night.  Photograph: Athar Hussain/Reuters

Militants stormed Pakistan’s biggest airport last night and at least 27 people were killed in a night-long battle at one of the country’s most high-pr(...)

A dispute between US courts and French bank BNP Paribas over alleged sanctions busting could hurt trade treaty talks between the United States and the(...)

Set in Jordan in 1967, this engaging Palestinian drama concerns Tarek (Mahmoud Asfa), a high-spirited pre-teen who lives in a refugee camp with his mo(...)

The logo of BNP Paribas is seen on top of the bank company’s building in Fontenay-sous-Bois, eastern Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/ Reuters

Shares in France’s biggest bank BNP Paribas fell sharply today on concerns a possible US fine for alleged sanctions-busting could be big enough to res(...)

Iranian ambassador to Ireland Javad Kachoueian: “The people of my country cannot accept that others tell them not to have a peaceful nuclear programme.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Ten months after President Hassan Rouhani took office, Iran is emerging from the isolation that followed the repression of the 2009 “green movement”. (...)

Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi prepare dinner at Ballymaloe on Saturday. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Start stockpiling dried Iranian limes Ottolenghi fans. They are one of the ingredients Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi will champion in Plenty More, his(...)

Iran’s president Hassan Rowhani delivering a speech at the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation in Tehran. Photograph: EPA

As Iran and six world powers meet this week in Vienna to begin drafting language to resolve their nuclear standoff, negotiators say they are confron(...)

Facebook page Stealthy Freedoms of Iranian Women has attracted more than 140,000 likes since it was set up 11 days ago. Photograph: Facebook

Thousands of Iranian women are taking off their veils and publishing pictures of themselves online, igniting a debate about the freedom to wear or not(...)

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