A young couple hold hands as they take a night-time stroll along a Tehran street in a public display of affection, passing a polling station they had (...)

Pope Francis speaks with Iraqi president Barham Salih  during a meeting at the presidential palace in Baghdad  on March 5th, 2021. Photograph: Vatican media handout/EPA

The influential sociologist Max Weber (1864-1920) proposed the theory that religion would wither away with the advance of science and education. That (...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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’s president Hassan Rouhani with Pope Francis  at the end of their private audience in the Vatican on Tuesday. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AFP/Getty Images

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani took an important step down the road to improved relations with Western powers when he visited Pope Francis in the Vat(...)

Iranian students, who occupied the US embassy in Tehran, singing during the press conference held in November 1979 by the second released group of embassy staffers. Photograph: Getty Images

Three decades after hard-line students occupied the US embassy and took diplomats hostage for 444 days, many of the now middle-aged revolutiona(...)

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