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Samereh Alinejad stopped Balal Abdullah's hanging at the last moment

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva

Iran nuclear deal: Historic agreement reached with US and other world powers

Both sides declare victory as 4.30am agreement in Geneva crowns  months of intense negotiations

The agreement will isolate Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel

Iran nuclear deal: Israeli minister warns accord could end in suitcase bomb

An internationally isolated Benjamin Netanyahu termed the world powers’ agreement with Iran a “historic mistake” that advanced Tehran towards nuclear weapons capability.

William Hague arrived in Geneva yesterday, saying things were difficult

William Hague plays down deal as Iran nuclear talks ‘critical’

Negotiations between six world powers and Iran aimed at preventing Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon reached a critical stage tonight, after foreign ministers gathered in Geneva in search of a breakthrough on an interim deal.

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Iran will not budge over ‘nuclear rights’

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says he has set 'red lines' for his envoys in Geneva

David Cameron becomes first British PM to telephone an Iranian president in over 10 years with call to Hassan Rouhani

David Cameron has become the first British Prime Minister to call an Iranian president in more than a decade.

William Sullivan: Statesman who helped take the US out of Vietnam and went on to serve as his country's last ambassador to Iran

Known as cool and unflappable under fire, William Sullivan was widely credited with saving dozens of American lives through his astute handling of an attack on the US embassy in Tehran by armed militants on 14 February 1979, nearly nine months before the better-known seizure that resulted in the hostage crisis. He was a veteran diplomat who oversaw the "secret war" in Laos, helped negotiate the end of US involvement in Vietnam and was the last American ambassador to Iran.

US and Israel's come to blows over Iran nuclear programme

John Kerry says he has great respect for Netanyahu's concerns but maintains an accord with Iran would actually reduce the Israel's risk

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, with the French President Francois Hollande, right, said France was a ‘true friend’ in Tel Aviv

Cautious hope of a deal with Iran over nuclear power

After several false starts, Western negotiators are cautiously hopeful of a breakthrough deal with Iran this week to curb Tehran’s nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief.

The flag of the International Atomic Energy Agency - the agency has said Iran still has questions to answer on its past activities

UN reports halt in Iran’s nuclear activities three months after moderate Hassan Rouhani became president

When elected, Mr Rouhani promised he would seek to lift the unpopular international economic sanctions used to punish Tehran for failing to curtail its nuclear programme

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's Setad has built a fortune on the forced seizure of thousands of properties belonging to ordinary Iranians

Iran’s Supreme Leader runs business empire worth £60bn

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei controls a business empire worth around £60 billion – a sum exceeding the value of his oil-rich nation’s annual petroleum exports – a six-month Reuters investigation has found.

The US Secretary of State John Kerry gestures during a news conference after nuclear talks in Geneva

John Kerry: Iran is to blame for failure of Geneva nuclear talks

US Secretary of State said major powers, including France, were united in an offer but Iran 'couldn't take it'

Deal struck on wider UN inspections of Iran sites in boost to wider negotiations over Tehran's nuclear programme

Optimism about potential breakthrough in decade-long dispute raised

Iranian concessions on nuclear issues are not going to lead to an agreement

The Reformists in Iran will be vulnerable to allegations that they are negotiating from weakness

France was at the centre of a diplomatic storm today after the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, was accused of sabotaging a deal with Iran which would end almost a decade-long standoff over the Iranian nuclear programme

Le Grand Satan? France under fire for tough line on Iran nuclear programme

France was at the centre of a diplomatic storm today after the French Foreign Minister was accused of sabotaging a deal with Iran which would end almost a decade-long standoff over the Iranian nuclear programme.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that there can be no negotiation on his country's right to uranium enrichment

President Hassan Rouhani says Iran’s right to uranium enrichment a non-negotiable 'red line', as nuclear talks stall

Iranian President says his country 'will not bow its head to threats', though William Hague says deal possible in coming weeks.

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