Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

US rejects visa for Iranian diplomat linked to 1979 hostage crisis

Margaret Talev and Roger Runningen The United States won't issue a visa for an Iranian diplomat linked to the group that took over the US embassy in Tehran in 1979, President Barack Obama's spokesman said on Friday.

Tight grip

Iranian Minister for Culture and Guidence Mr Ali Janati (4th from left) kisses the Koran at the opening of an IT and digital media expo at the International Tehran Exhibition Centre, Tehran, Iran. 27th Feburary, 2014. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Paul McGeough Almost a week passes in Tehran before we catch a glimpse of the imposing Alborz Mountains. The peaks, usually obscured by a dense blanket of pollution hanging low over the Iranian capital,...

Today's surveillance worse than '1984': Snowden

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden preparing to make his television Christmas message on UK's Channel 4.

Jonathan D. Salant Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, in a Christmas message on a London television station, called government surveillance worse than anything envisioned by George Orwell in...

Plane diplomacy: Israeli jet parked next to Iranian in Zurich sparks Davos thaw

The Iranian aircraft of President Hassan Rouhani (left) stands alongside the aircraft of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu   at Zurich airport in Switzerland.

Gwen Ackerman Zurich air traffic controllers may have inadvertently succeeded where diplomats have failed for decades: to bring Israelis and Iranians together.

Economic woes spur public discontent in Iran's capital

Tehran THE first outbreak of public anger over Iran's collapsing currency and other economic maladies jolted the heart of the capital on Wednesday, with riot police violently clamping down on black-market...

Hugo Chavez names successor after cancer relapse

Hugo Chavez

After 14 years in power, the seemingly indefatigable Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has announced a relapse of his cancer and designated vice president Nicolas Maduro as his heir apparent.

Elections destined to bring about a new global order

US President Barack Obama (R) and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney smile after the first presidential debate at the university of Denver on October 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad

Foreign Policy LAST year, the world witnessed an unusual number of high-profile elections. This year everything from the European debt crisis to Iran's nuclear program and the stability of Africa will be influenced...

Read all about it: how 2013 unfolded

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Iran power struggle claims president's man

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani

Jason Rezaian TEHRAN: Iran's parliament has voted to impeach the country's labour minister, the ninth minister from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's cabinet to be sacked during Mr Ahmadinejad's second term.

Iran's top cleric rejects direct talks with the US

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Thomas Erdbrink Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rejected any idea of bilateral talks with the United States.

Turkey's Zionism comment 'dark and false'

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement at his office in Jerusalem January 23, 2013. Netanyahu narrowly won an election in which disgruntled voters catapulted a new centrist challenger into second place and he now faces the daunting task of building a coalition. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Israel has slammed Turkish Prime Minister's "crime against humanity" comment.

Strongmen weep as they bid Chavez adios

Some of the world's most notorious strongmen have wept openly at the lavish state funeral of Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan leftist whose revolution won him friends and foes at home and abroad.

Politics, history, theology and grief in Chavez's lavish adios

Diosdado Cabello embraces Nicolas Maduro

Laurent Thomet, Peter Foster Venezuela has given its late president Hugo Chavez a lavish farewell at a state funeral that brought some of the world's most notorious strongmen to tears, with music, prayers and a fiery speech by...

Bitter Venezuela election fight begins

Venezuelan President in Charge Nicolas Maduro.

Jordi Miro Venezuela has plunged into a bitter election fight to succeed Hugo Chavez, with acting President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Henrique Capriles facing off in a flurry of name-calling.

Conservatives split on Iran's next leader

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, attends a press conference with Egyptian Sunni clerics at Al-Azhar headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Egypt's most prominent Muslim cleric, the sheik of al-Azhar, has warned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad against interfering in Arab Gulf countries or trying to spread Shiite influence. Ahmadinejad, on a landmark visit to Egypt on Tuesday, received an uneasy reception from Ahmed el-Tayeb at al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim world's foremost Islamic institution.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Jason Rezaian Tehran Conservatives aligned with Iran's supreme leader may enjoy his support, but their inability to rally behind one candidate could hurt their chances of replacing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president.

Nuclear play for president

A supporter of Iranian presidential candidate and lead nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili.

Ladane Nasseri Saeed Jalili, the face of Iran's nuclear ambitions as the Islamic republic's chief negotiator, is running for president on his record of defying global pressure to curtail the program.

Last reformist standing takes early lead in Iranian poll

Iranian moderate presidential candidate, Hassan Rowhani flashes the sign of victory as he leaves a polling station after voting on June 14, 2013 in Tehran during the first round of the presidential candidate. Iranians are voting  to choose a new president in an election the reformists hope their sole candidate will win in the face of divided conservative ranks, four years after the disputed re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE

Mohammad Davari The sole reformist candidate in Iran's presidential election, Hassan Rohani, took a significant lead in early counting, with 52 per cent of the vote, the country's Interior Ministry said.

West welcomes Rouhani's landslide win

Iranians celebrate the victory of moderate presidential candidate Hassan Rohani

Jason Rezaian Iranians took a giant stride towards ending their country's isolation by voting overwhelmingly at weekend presidential elections for a moderate reformer who promised a clean break from policies that...

Frontman or reformer?

Iranian President elect Hasan Rowhani

Paul McGeough So Iran has a new president. Dr Hassan Rouhani is a more sober, more pragmatic individual than the feisty Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who will leave office in August - but Rouhani's elevation may amount to...

Iran's new president wants sanctions eased

Iran's new President Hassan Rohani

Mohammad Davari Tehran: Iran's new President, Hassan Rohani, was set to take the oath before parliament on Sunday, a day after taking office with a promise to work to ease crippling Western sanctions.