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.

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.

New regime makes overtures to West on nuclear talks

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, sits in a meeting at the presidency office, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. Iran's supreme leader formally endorsed Hasan Rouhani as president Saturday, allowing the moderate cleric to take charge of a country weakened by economic sanctions over its nuclear program. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Robert Tait Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, made an explicit pitch for a new understanding with the West in his inauguration address, describing his government as one of hope and moderation.

Iran's President Rohani picks female vice-president after vow to back women

Iranian Vice President for legal matters Elham Aminzadeh

Ladane Nasseri Iranian President Hassan Rohani, who has promised to back women's increased participation in Iranian society, appointed Elham Aminzadeh as his vice-president for legal affairs.

Iran President Hassan Rouhani wants nuclear deal in months

Hasan Rouhani

Iran's new government, stepping up a campaign to project a more moderate image abroad, said on Wednesday it wants to jump-start talks with world powers to resolve a decade-long dispute over its...

Iran’s president calls on Israel to join nuclear treaty

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran told the United Nations on Thursday that “no nation should possess nuclear weapons,” and that Israel should join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, as Iran did long...

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...

Military stands by as rivals eye oil lane

In this photo released by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard celebrate after launching a missile during their maneuver in an undisclosed location in Iran, Tuesday, July 3, 2012. Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards test fired several ballistic missiles on Tuesday, including a long-range variety capable of hitting U.S. bases in the region as well as Israel, Iranian media reported. (AP Photo/IRNA, Mostafa Qotbi) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HAS NO WAY OF INDEPENDENTLY VERIFYING THE CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE.

Julian Borger TALKS have begun in Istanbul between Iranian scientists and their counterparts from six major powers in an attempt to resolve an impasse over Iran's nuclear aspirations, as Tehran and Washington...

Israeli superstar uses Farsi songs to bridge divide with Iran


Phoebe Greenwood When Israeli pop superstar Rita Jahanforuz told her friends she wanted to record an album in Farsi, they thought she must have gone mad.

Tehran's 'little Schumacher' film drives into controversy

Racing champion Laleh Seddigh.

Robert Tait Iranian cinema directors join clerics in criticising a state-run biopic.

Desperate search for survivors after massive Iran quakes

Earthquake in the city of Ahar in northwestern Iran

TEHRAN: Rescuers in northwest Iran are striving to dig survivors from the rubble of twin earthquakes that have levelled villages and killed at least 180 people and injured 1300 others.

Iran quakes death toll rises to 250

Rescue teams in northwest Iran strived on Sunday to dig survivors out of the rubble of villages levelled by twin earthquakes that killed at least 250 people and injured more than 2000.

China raps West over Syria split

Bashar al Assad on flag

China accuses some Western countries of seeking regime change in Syria and blamed their increasing support for rebel forces in the civil war as hurting the solidarity of the UN Security Council.