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Iranian students facing riot police during an anti-government protest around the University of Tehran on December 30th. Photograph: EPA/STR

Iran’s supreme leader has blamed foreign enemies for the anti-government demonstrations that have shaken the country for the past week. But the protes(...)

A Russian Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bomber based at Hamedan airbase in Iran releasing its payload while carrying out airstrikes in the Deir ez-Zor province of Syria. Until last week Russia and Iran were the military mainstays of the overstretched and undermanned Syrian army. Photograph: EPA

China, Russia and Iran have come together in a tripartite alliance supporting the Syrian government in the war against radical fundamentalist insurgen(...)