Ali Khamenei

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Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (right) pictured with Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said in Tehran last month. Photograph: IRNA/Handout via Reuters

Iran’s most powerful authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said today the United States was using a chemical attack in Syria’s civil war as a pretext to (...)

A UN chemical weapons expert (right) gathers evidence at one of the sites of an alleged poison gas attack in the southwestern Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya yesterday.  Photograph: Ahmad Alshami/Reuters

UN experts yesterday visited the besieged western Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya, allegedly targeted with chemical weapons last week, and began taking (...)

Iran extends olive branch

The natural scepticism that has greeted Iran’s new and most welcome promise of “serious and substantive” negotiations on its nuclear programme is unde(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani waves after his swearing-in at the parliament in Tehran yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

Hassan Rouhani was sworn in as Iran’s president yesterday, promising moderation and transparency but urging those who wanted the “right response” from(...)

Hassan Rohani during a news conference in Tehran yesterday at which he said he would “revive ethics and constructive interaction with the world through moderation”. Photograph: Reuters/Fars News/Majid Hagdost

President-elect Hassan Rohani held out the prospect yesterday of better relations between Iran and the world, including the United States, and progres(...)

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(...)

A supporter of moderate cleric Hassan Rohani celebrates his victory in Iran’s presidential election in Tehran. Photograph: Reuters/Fars News/Sina Shiri

When jubilant crowds poured on to the streets of Tehran to celebrate the surprise victory of Hassan Rohani, it was not only to express support for the(...)

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 supporter shows a campaign poster for Iranian presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaie on the streets of Tehran. Photograph: Reuters

Campaigning in Iran’s presidential election ended yesterday ahead of today’s vote in which the sole moderate candidate has an outside chance of steali(...)

The reformists’ backing of Hassan Rohani, a former chief nuclear negotiator known for his conciliatory approach, is an effort to attract the votes of those Iranians hoping for greater freedoms and an end to Iran’s diplomatic isolation. Photograph: Reuters The reformists’ backing of Hassan Rohani, a former chief nuclear negotiator known for his conciliatory approach, is an effort to attract the votes of those Iranians hoping for greater freedoms and an end to Iran’s diplomatic isolation. Photograph: Reuters

Iranian reformists led by former president Mohammad Khatami have endorsed Hassan Rohani, the lone moderate contesting Friday’s election for the presid(...)

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