Ali Khamenei

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Reform hastens slowly

Despite Iran’s hardline, candidate-vetting Guardian Council disqualifying thousands of the reformists who wanted to run, curbing street protests and d(...)

A man holds a copy of the daily ‘Shargh’ newspaper with pictures of Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani and former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani under the headline  ‘Decisive victory for the reformist, outside a kiosk in Tehran on Sunday. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani and his allies won big gains in elections that could deepen the country’s engagement with the world after his governme(...)

Iranian women show their IDs as they wait in line to cast their votes in the parliamentary and Assemblyof  Experts  election outside a polling station at Ershad Mosque in Tehran, on Friday. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Millions of Iranians voted in high-stake elections on Friday that could shift the balance of power within the hardline-controlled Islamic elite by ush(...)

Iran president Hassan Rouhani said he was looking to shore up economic ties with European Union countries, as he started a four-day trip to Italy and France. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

France will receive Iranian president Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday and Thursday with all the pomp and ceremony of an official visit, including military(...)

Iran’s  Ayatollah Ali Khamenei comments come ahead of a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Jeddah on Tuesday. Photograph: Getty Images

Iran’s highest leader strongly denounced on Wednesday a mob attack on the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran this month, saying the event was “very bad” (...)

Am  underground missile depot is seen in this undated handout photo released January 5th, 2016 by Farsnews.com.

Iran on Monday said new US curbs on the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile programme were illegitimate and it has vowed to continue developing its (...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry is greeted by the US Ambassador to Austria Alexa Wesner as he steps from his plane upon arriving in Vienna on Saturday on what is expected to be “implementation day,” the day the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verifies that Iran has met all conditions under the nuclear deal. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

International sanctions on Iran will be lifted on Saturday when the United Nations nuclear agency declares Tehran has complied with an agreement to sc(...)

President Barack Obama meeting King Salman of Saudi Arabia in the Oval Office of the White House last September. The relationship between the countries has become increasingly strained, but the US seems a long way from abandoning it. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

The Obama administration on Monday confronted the fundamental contradiction in its increasingly tense relationship with Saudi Arabia. It could not bri(...)

A Bahraini woman holds a picture of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr   during  a protest after his execution  by Saudi authorities. Photograph: Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images

As the political crisis deepened over the execution of dissident Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, Bahrain and Sudan on Monday followed the lead of their Sun(...)

An Iraqi man holds a portrait of Shia Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr during a demonstration against his execution by Saudi authorities in Baghdad on Sunday. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr could escalate tensions in the Muslim world even further. In the Shia theocracy Iran, the(...)

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