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.

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...

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.

How a bared breast triggered a 'cultural earthquake'

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Golshifteh Farhani was Iran's biggest film star. But when she bared her breast in a French video, she was banished from the country and became a lightning rod for the divisions in Iranian society

Google and Gmail blocked in Iran

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Iran blocks access to Google's popular and relatively secure Gmail service today amid first steps by the Islamic republic to establish a walled-off national intranet separate from the worldwide...

UN assembly divided by free speech row

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Paul Richter, New York The annual UN General Assembly meeting, intended to celebrate the world's common values, is this year exposing instead the gulf between Western and Islamic perspectives on freedom of expression.

Netanyahu draws 'red line' on Iranian nuclear program

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew his "red line" for Iran's nuclear program on Thursday - the point at which Iran has amassed nearly enough highly enriched uranium for a single atomic...

A beer with Ahmadinejad? Iranians fall for spoof

Ahmadinejad

Megan Levy An Iranian news agency has apologised for reporting as fact an opinion poll from spoof newspaper The Onion that stated most white Americans would vote for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over...

Iran currency plummets as sanctions bite

Saeed Kamali Dehghan and Julian Borger Iranians are suffering their worst financial crisis since the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, with the national currency hitting an all-time low and the prices of staple goods soaring.

Running battles in Tehran as Iran's currency collapses

Tehran riot

Robert Tait Iranian riot police fight protesters outside Tehran's grand bazaar as the country's economic woes worsen.

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...