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Us secretary of state John Kerry  is greeted by Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal upon arrival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/Pool/Reuters

The Syrian information minister has lashed out at Saudi Arabia, saying Riyadh is responsible for his country’s conflict. Omran al-Zoubi says Sa(...)

Residents gather yesterday at a coffee shop that was destroyed in a suicide bomb attack in Baghdad. Five people were killed and 20 were wounded in the attack on Sunday night. Photograph: Saad Shalash/Reuters

Two co-ordinated suicide bombings at a Shia Muslim mosque in Baghdad killed at least 29 worshippers at noon prayers today. The first bomber detonated (...)

Behind the veil

There have been false dawns before in the Islamic Republic. For many of its people the 1997 election Mohammed Khatami as president was a sign that Ira(...)

Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a bomb attack in Basra, 420km southeast of Baghdad. Photograph: Reuters

Attacks across Iraq targeting mainly Shia Muslims killed at least 30 people today, intensifying fears of a descent into all-out sectarian war.Ten yea(...)

A supporter of moderate cleric Hassan Rohani celebrates his victory in Iran’s presidential election in Tehran last night. Photograph: Yalda Moayeri/Reuters

Moderate cleric Hassan Rohani won Iran’s presidential election with a resounding defeat of conservative hardliners, calling it a victory of moderation(...)

A firefighter stands near a burning bus after a bomb attack in Quetta, Pakistan. Photograph: Naseer Ahmed/Reuters

Militants in a volatile region of western Pakistan bombed a bus carrying women students today and then seized part of the hospital where survivors we(...)

Supporters in Tehran with  a campaign poster for successful Iranian presidential candidate Hassan Rohani. Photograph: Mehdi Ghassemi/ISNA/Reuters

Iran’s new president, a moderate cleric known for his conciliatory nuclear talks with world powers, will take office carrying the hopes of reformists (...)

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei casts his ballot at his office during the Iranian presidential election in central Tehran today. Photograph: Fars News/Hassan Mousavi/Reuters

Millions of Iranians voted to choose a new president today, urged by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to turn out in force to discredit suggestio(...)

Lebanese Army soldiers remove barricades after months of clashes between Sunni muslims and the small Alawite community in Tripoli. Photograph: Reuters.

Lebanese president Michel Suleiman yesterday urged the Shia Hizbullah movement and Iran to aid the investigation into the death of an anti-Hizbullah (...)

People inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in eastern Baghdad on Saturday. A car parked outside a medical centre exploded, killing three civilians and wounding 20 others. Photograph: Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters

At least 13 people were killed when two car bombs exploded and a suicide attacker targeted a market in a mainly Shia Muslim town north of Baghdad. (...)

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