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In this photo taken in June 2020 Ruhollah Zam speaks during his trial at Iran’s Revolutionary Court in Tehran. Photograph: Ali Shirband/AFP

Iranian dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam, who was convicted of fomenting violence during anti-government protests in 2017, was executed on Saturday, (...)

US president Donald Trump:  much of the deal-making has been to present a united front against Iran.    Photograph:   Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images

Israel and Morocco agreed on Thursday to normalise relations in a deal brokered with US help, making Morocco the fourth Arab country to set aside host(...)

The  Tajrish bazaar in Tehran, Iran. With more than a million cases and 50,000 fatalities, Iran has suffered the most widespread and deadly Covid-19 infection rate in the Middle East. Photograph: EPA/Abedin Taherkenareh

Iran has accused the US of thwarting its efforts to acquire coronavirus vaccines. Tehran says Trump administration sanctions have stalled its effort(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron  greets Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi upon his arrival at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron flip-flopped again regarding human rights in Egypt during the state visit to Paris of Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah(...)

A protest in Tehran on November 28th, 2020, against the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Photograph: The New York Times

The assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist last month was carried out remotely with artificial intelligence and a machine gun equipped with a “(...)

Then US vice-president Joe Biden with Lloyd Austin, whom he has chosen to be his defence secretary, in April 2009. Photograph: Stan Gilliland/EPA

Joe Biden’s intention to nominate Lloyd Austin as defence secretary – which would make him the first African-American to serve in the role – has run i(...)

Nihaya Issa, (33) an Iraqi woman displaced from Mosul,  at al-Khazir camp for the internally displaced, located between Iraq’s northern city of Mosul and the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region Arbil.  Photograph:  Safin Hamed/AFP via Getty

Baghdad has begun to close camps sheltering Iraqis displaced by the fall of Islamic State’s “caliphate” three years ago on the grounds that its ideolo(...)

US president-elect Joe Biden. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

The European Union is setting out hopes for re-establishing a strong alliance with the United States even before president-elect Joe Biden has taken o(...)

The damaged car of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh after it was attacked near the capital Tehran. The scientist died at the hospital from his injuries following an attack by “armed terrorists”, Iran’s defence ministry said in a statement. Photograph: Irib News Agency/ AFP via Getty Images

It appears Israel, not for the first time, is playing with fire. The usual policy of non-denial notwithstanding, the sophisticated military-style kill(...)

Iranian mourners attend the burial ceremony of slain nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh at Imamzadeh Saleh shrine in northern Tehran on Monday. Photograph: Getty

Jordan and the Emirates have condemned the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, which Iran blames on Israel, although both A(...)

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