Ali Khamenei

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 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(...)

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has defended the country’s missile programme in the face of rising concerns among members of the UN security council. Photograph: Reuters

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, has firmly defended the country’s missile programme in the face of rising concerns among members (...)

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday said missiles were key to the Islamic republic’s future, offering support to the hardline Revolutionary Guards that have drawn criticism from the West for testing ballistic missiles. Photograph: leader.ir/Handout via Reuters.

Iran’s supreme leader on Wednesday said missiles were key to the Islamic republic’s future, offering support to the hardline Revolutionary Guards that(...)

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