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Iran’s Jalal Hosseini and Nigeria’s Shola Ameobi in action during the  World Cup Group F clash  at the Baixada arena in Curitiba. Photo: Henry Romero/Reuters

Nigeria 0 Iran 0 It was a game that lived up to expectations – no goals, stodgy football, sadly matching the reputations of a defensive Iranian side (...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers opening remarks at the ‘Our Ocean’ conference at the State Department in Washington today. The United States is considering US air strikes to help the Iraqi government fend off an Islamist insurgency. Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters

The United States said it could launch air strikes and act jointly with its arch-enemy Iran to support the Iraqi government, after a rampage by Sunni (...)

Volunteers who have joined the Iraqi Army to fight against  Sunni militants who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, travel in army trucks in Baghdad. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

The insurgent offensive that has threatened to dismember Iraq spread to the northwest of the country today, when Sunni militants launched a dawn raid (...)

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani told a news conference today that Iran could contemplate cooperating with its old adversary the United States on restoring security to Iraq if it saw Washington confronting ‘terrorist groups in Iraq and elsewhere’. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

US defense secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered an aircraft carrier moved into the Gulf today, readying it in case Washington decides to pursue a militar(...)

US president Barack Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Iraq. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

The belief that the United States is at least partly to blame for Iraq being torn asunder by sectarian conflict in the vacuum that has followed the wi(...)

US president Barack Obama speaking about the situation in Iraq from the White House  yesterday. He said he was  considering a range of  options, paving the way for possible military action to stem the advance of Sunni  militants who have taken control of several major cities in the country. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

As the United States and Iran moved yesterday to defend Iraq from rampaging Sunni Islamist insurgents, President Barack Obama ruled out sending US tro(...)

Zeal: Iranian women pledge their lives to the Islamic revolution. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

A year ago today the Islamic Republic of Iran elected Hassan Rouhani its seventh president. He promised to revive the economy and improve relations wi(...)

The re-election of Nouri al-Maliki a month ago to a third term as Iraq’s president was a sure sign of what was coming. His recipe of more of the same (...)

Croatia’s players crowd around referee Yuichi Nishimura of Japan after he awarded a penalty against them for a foul on Fred. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

And we’re off. “Is it not over yet?” asked a heathen yesterday, but to be honest, it did feel like the build-up to it all began when Methuselah was a (...)

Ejike Uzoenyi has been called up by Nigeria after an injury to Elderson Echiejile. Photograph:  Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Nigeria have called up Ejike Uzoenyi as replacement for injured defender Elderson Echiejile who was forced out of the World Cup after tearing a hamstr(...)

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