Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei arrives to cast his ballot on on the day of the Islamic republic’s presidential election. File photograph: Getty

Iran’s eighth president will be the ultra-conservative cleric and chief justice Ebrahim Raisi, a close ally of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (...)

A woman holds a poster of Iran’s newly elected president Ebrahim Raisi, with text in Persian reading ‘government of the people, strong Iran’, as supporters celebrate his victory in Imam Hussein square in the capital Tehran on Saturday. Photograph: Atta Kenare /AFP via Getty Images

Iran’s presidential election may be the most important since the founding of the Islamic republic as it could herald an end to more than 40 years of t(...)

  Esmail Qaani (second left),  the new leader of the Revolutionary Guard’s  Quds Force.  Photograph: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The same hawks in western capitals who welcomed the US’s assassination this month of Qassem Suleimani will also have felt vindicated by the elevation (...)

Mourners in Tehran carry the casket of Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

The assassination of Qassem Suleimani has cemented one of the strongest symbiotic relationships in politics: that between conservative hardliners in t(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and French president Emmanuel Macron   at UN headquarters in New York last month. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

France finally reacted this week to an alleged Iranian plot to bomb a rally by an opposition group outside Paris, more than three months after the plo(...)

Billboard displays Colin Kaepernick on the roof of the Nike store in San Francisco: 'Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.' Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty

Thursday was a key date in the American calendar – the start of the National Football League season. At a packed game in Philadelphia, the Atlanta Fa(...)

epA man mocks Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega during an anti-government protest in Managua on August 11th. Photograph: Esteban Biba/EPA

Juan José is digging a latrine on the small, 8m by 25m plot the government of Daniel Ortega has given him to build a house. It is prime real estate, a(...)

 A banner displayed  during the Group B World Cup meeting between Iran and Morocco at  Saint Petersburg Stadium on Friday. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

The envelope might have been kept securely in her bag, but she still checked it every few minutes, just to make sure that the most precious of things (...)

Tehran’s  now-departed mayor, Mohammad Ali Najafi, holding his first press conference in the post in the Iranian capital last October. File photograph: Kyodo News via Getty Images

A troupe of young dancing girls throwing rose petals may have ended the career of Tehran’s mayor, who suddenly resigned on Wednesday. The mayor, Moh(...)

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been largely silent since civil unrest erupted in Iran. Photograph: Ali al-Saad/Getty Images

Iran’s hardline factions once dubbed him “the miracle of the third millennium”. But former firebrand president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has turned into “t(...)

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