Ali Khamenei

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Police officers stand outside Iran’s parliament building following an attack by several gunmen  in Tehran, Iran which killed at least 16. Photograph: Majid Saeedi/Getty Images

Five of the men who launched an attack in the heart of Iran’s capital previously fought for Islamic State, the country’s intelligence ministry has sai(...)

Iranian women queue to vote in the presidential  election – between President Hassan Rouhani and hardliner Ebrahim Raisi – in the city of Qom, south of the capital Tehran, Iran. Photograph: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP

Millions of Iranians queued up to vote on Friday, showing strong turnout in an unexpectedly tight election pitting President Hassan Rouhani, who wants(...)

 Iranian president and candidate in the imminent presidential election, Hassan Rouhani, at Hasheminejad international airport in the northeastern city of Mashhad on May 17th, 2017.  Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images

Iran’s 55 million voters are set to cast ballots in a presidential election on Friday which could determine whether Tehran will continue re-engaging w(...)

Valiasr Square in Tehran, with a huge mural of captured US navy sailors in the background. Gloom and even dread can be felt across the city, where some blame not only the Trump administration but also their own leaders for the possibility of a violent conflict between Iran and the US. Photograph: Arash Khamooshi/The New York Times

It was supposed to be a regular weekly debate night for a group that meets to discuss movies in a middle-class Tehran neighbourhood. But on this parti(...)

Hundreds of thousands of mourners attend the funeral of former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjanii, in Tehran, Iran. Photograph: Majid Saeedi/Getty Images

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians massed in central Tehran on Tuesday for the funeral of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, an influential fig(...)

The death of Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has cast a shadow of uncertainty over the course of Iran’s politics and crucially of the country’s(...)

Pilgrims circle the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca. Photograph: Getty Images

The war of words between regional religious and political rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia has heated up as more than two million Muslims assembled in the(...)

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Millions of pilgrims have arrived to Mecca ahead of the annual pilgrimage which begins on Saturday. Photograph: Nariman El-Mofty/AP

“I’m dying. I’m dying. I need water.” Rashid Siddiqui kept hearing those words from his fellow Muslim pilgrims lying mangled on the ground in 118-deg(...)

Iran’s  supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaking in Tehran on Monday. The experience of the nuclear deal, he said, “tells us that taking this step would be a deadly poison and that the Americans’ remarks cannot be trusted on any issue”. Photograph: Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP

Iran’s top leader has distanced himself from the nuclear agreement reached with major powers a year ago, accusing the United States of failing to hono(...)

Clockwise from top: Tehran’s ancient grand bazaar – Iran has the second largest economy in the Middle East

Economic sanctions have cost Iran an estimated $120 billion (€105 billion) since 2012, primarily in lost oil and gas revenues. That equates to about 3(...)

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