Iran

US 'communicating' with Iran over Islamic State but being rebuffed

Paul McGeough Washington has been "communicating" with its arch-enemy Tehran, but so far its advances have been spurned.

'Happy' singers in Iran get suspended sentences, lawyer says

Six Iranians arrested for appearing in a video singing along to the American pop song Happy were given suspended sentences of 91 lashes and six months in prison for obscene behaviour, a news website...

Iran: Islamic State beheadings a concern for mankind

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Iranian president denounces ISIL's beheading of innocent people, saying it violates Islamic principles.

John Kerry opposes Iran's inclusion in Iraq security talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Michael R. Gordon US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that "it would not be appropriate" for Iran to attend an international conference on the security crisis in Iraq that is to be held in Paris next week...

Jet with 100 Americans on board makes unexpected stop in Iran

Adam Goldman and Karen DeYoung bc-iran-plane 09-05 395 ATTN: Foreign editors //Jet with 100 Americans makes unexpected stop in Iran// By Adam Goldman and Karen DeYoung (c) 2014, The Washington Post.

Iran fails to address nuclear weapon concerns by deadline, UN watchdog says

Fredrik Dahl Iran has failed to address concerns about suspected atomic bomb research by an agreed deadline, the UN nuclear watchdog has said, a setback to hopes for an end to an international stand-off over...

Iran bans vasectomies, curbs birth control in push to boost population

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Ladane Nasseri Iran's parliament banned vasectomies and tubectomies except to save a person's life as part of the nation's push to promote bigger families.

Iran bails US journalist, as officials press for Jason Rezaian's release

Power struggle: Iran President Hassan Rouhani.

Anne Gearan A photojournalist arrested in Iran alongside Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife was released on bail on Wednesday, a family source said.

Iran claims to have shot down Israeli spy drone

Mehrdad Balali and Michelle Moghtader Iran claimed on Sunday to have shot down an Israeli spy drone that was heading for its Natanz nuclear enrichment site.

Most Americans favour working with Iran to halt ISIL: poll

ISIL militants parade in northern Syria to celebrate their Islamic

Adam Taylor A new poll has found that the majority of Americans are in favor of cooperating with Iran to help the Iraqi government beat back militants from the Islamic State.

Iran nuclear deadline extended

Iran and world powers have reached a deal to extend their deadline of Sunday to strike a nuclear accord, easing fears Tehran will get the bomb, diplomats say.

ISIL congratulates Lionel Messi for helping Argentina beat Iran in the World Cup

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring the winning goal for Argentina against Iran.

Ishaan Tharoor Militants in Iraq invite Messi to 'join the jihadist cell' after his goal knocks Iran out of the Cup.

Analysis

In a region in turmoil, Iran and US edge towards unlikely partnership

Tough conversation: Iranian women hold a demonstration in front of the former US embassy in Tehran, which is still covered in anti-US graffiti more than 30 year after the revolution.

Paul McGeough As Iraq implodes again, the question of Washington and Tehran working together resurfaces.

US talks tough on deadline for nuclear talks with Iran

Long haul: European Union and Iranian representatives at talks on the nuclear issue in March of this year.

Paul Richter US officials have warned that they will not seek to extend negotiations over Iran's nuclear program beyond the July 20 deadline unless Iran's negotiators make major concessions in the coming days.

Iran eases demands in Vienna nuclear talks, say Western diplomats

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif waits to begin talks in Vienna.

Louis Charbonneau Iran has reduced demands for the size of its future nuclear enrichment program in talks with world powers, although Western governments are urging Tehran to compromise further, Western diplomats said

A great divide: John Kerry says stumbling blocks remain in Iran nuclear talks

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (left) meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry during talks on Tehran's nuclear program in Vienna.

John Irish and Lesley Wroughton US Secretary of State John Kerry says major differences remain between Iran and the six world powers negotiating on Tehran's nuclear programme.

John Kerry draws Iran into Iraq crisis

An Iranian woman walks past the murals on the fence of the former US embassy in Tehran.

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Tough hurdles remain in Iran nuclear talks

David Sanger Negotiations with Iran over its disputed nuclear program entered their brinkmanship phase on Friday, with the toughest issues still unresolved a month before the deadline for a final agreement.

Fake Facebook friends let Iran spy on US, others

Iranian hackers created false Facebook accounts to spy on leaders in the United States.

Jim Finkle In an unprecedented, three-year cyber espionage campaign, Iranian hackers created false social networking accounts and a bogus news website to spy on military and political leaders in the United...

US investors begin to imagine a return to Iran

Appetite for technology: A man passes an unlicensed Apple store in Isfahan, Iran.

Jason Rezaian For the first time in decades, businesspeople from the United States are visiting Iran in significant numbers.