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File image of the Liberian-flagged oil tanker Mercer Street off Cape Town, South Africa. File photograph: Johan Victor via AP

A Briton and a Romanian were killed when an Israeli-managed petroleum product tanker came under attack on Thursday off the coast of Oman, the vessel’s(...)

Shia militia fighters in Tal Afar, Iraq: Prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has been powerless to end the killings of some 40 activists.  File photograph: Ivor Prickett/New York Times

The weekend killing of the son of a prominent Iraqi human rights activist has reignited popular resentment against Iran-sponsored Shia militias which (...)

Ms Deike Potzel pays a farewell courtesy call on President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins.

Germany’s departing ambassador to Ireland is optimistic that the Irish Government will join up to a global deal with a 15 per cent floor on corporatio(...)

A young couple hold hands as they take a night-time stroll along a Tehran street in a public display of affection, passing a polling station they had (...)

Iran’s president-elect Ebrahim Raisi holds his first news conference, in Tehran on Monday, following his victory in the presidential election. Photograph: Ali Mohammadi/Bloomberg

Iran’s newly elected president has signalled that his government will take a tougher line with negotiations over the 2015 nuclear deal Tehran signed w(...)

 Iran’s newly-elected president   Ebrahim Raisi: Said during his campaign that his government would continue the nuclear talks. Photograph:  Atta KenarE/AFP via Getty Images

Western powers vowed over the weekend to forge ahead with efforts aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal as capitals scrambled to unpick the implicat(...)

 Ebrahim Raisi  waves to the media after casting his vote at a polling station in Tehran on Friday.  Photograph:  Majid Saeedi/Getty Images

Ebrahim Raisi, a conservative cleric and judiciary chief, has won Iran’s presidential election, in a landslide victory that gives regime hardliners fu(...)

Iranian ultraconservative cleric and presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi waves as he votes for presidential election, at a polling station in the capital Tehran. Photograph:  Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty

The sole moderate candidate in Iran’s presidential election has conceded he lost to the country’s hard-line judiciary chief. The move signalled the p(...)

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei  casts his ballot. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Iranians voted on Friday in a contest set to hand the presidency to a hardline judge subject to US sanctions, though many were likely to ignore the ba(...)

An Iranian salesman at a perfume stand in a shopping centre in  Mashhad, Iran. Photograph: Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images

For Iranian rock musician Pooyan Ghandi, the roar of the crowd and the thrill of live performance are things he can only dream about. The 34-year-old(...)

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