Iran

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

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.

China's state media jab US on Ferguson unrest

The State Department seal.

Julie Makinen With the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, countries including China have sensed a chance to strike back at what they see as the US's preachiness and hypocrisy on human rights.

Turkish foreign minister Davutoglu to be new PM

Handover: Turkish president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) congratulates Ahmet Davutoglu after nominating him for the prime minister's job.

Gulsen Solaker President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan nominates new PM and says Kurdish peace process and new constitution will be priorities.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Obama faces doing a deal with Iran as Islamists sweep south in Iraq

Richard Spencer in Cairo and Robert Tait in Jerusalem President Barack Obama is under growing pressure to set aside years of hostility and start co-operating with Iran to counter the jihadist threat engulfing Iraq and its capital, Baghdad.

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

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.

Lockerbie bombing ordered by Iran, defector says

Gordon Rayner The Lockerbie bombing was ordered by Iran and carried out by Syrian-based militants, a former Iranian intelligence officer has claimed.

Iran, world powers seek nuclear progress in shadow of Ukraine crisis

Fredrik Dahl and Parisa Hafezi Iran and powers meet during East-West crisis over Ukraine.

Why is Iran building a mock US aircraft carrier?

The real US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.

Eric Schmitt Iran is building a nonworking mock-up of an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that US officials say may be intended to be blown up for propaganda value.

US lawmakers outraged over Iran's UN choice

John McCain opposes Iran's choice of a UN representative.

Patricia Zengerle Hardline US lawmakers said on Tuesday they were concerned about Iran's selection of a UN envoy linked to the 1979-1981 hostage crisis, and called on the Obama administration to do what it can to...