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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(...)

Iranian protesters set fire to the Saudi Arabia embassy on Saturday amid a backlash over the execution of a prominent Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Mohammad Reza Nadimi/EPA

The Saudi execution of dissident Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr has already deepened the regional rift between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran. Iran’s su(...)

Shia Muslim children hold pictures of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed along with others in Saudi Arabia, during a protest rally  in Karachi, Pakistan, yesterday. Photograph: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

Western leaders have called for calm between Iran and Saudi Arabia after renewed tensions between the two Middle Eastern powers threatened to stoke(...)

Flames rise from Saudi Arabia’s embassy during a demonstration in Tehran. Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran early on Sunday  as Shia Muslim Iran reacted with fury to Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shia cleric. Photograph: Reuters

Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it had severed ties with Iran over the storming of the Saudi embassy in Tehran, in a worsening diplomatic crisis between t(...)

Co-ordination: French president Francois Hollande talks to British prime minister David Cameron after a meeting at the Elysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

President Francois Hollande is retaliating with diplomatic and military means against Islamic State for the November 13th attacks that killed 130 peop(...)

An Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman said foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will attend Friday’s talks in Vienna.  Photograph: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP

Iran has said it will attend the upcoming international talks over Syria’s future in Vienna. Iranian state TV quoted a foreign ministry spokeswoman(...)

Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tehran should not give up core elements of its atomic programme until allegations of past military dimensions had been settled. Photograph: Reuters

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday approved the Iranian government’s nuclear deal with world powers but said Tehran should not give up(...)

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