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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, gives a speech during an annual military parade in Tehran, Iran

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends the UN General Assembly in New York this week with hopes of ending Iran’s status as an international pariah and with lesser expectations of engaging the US in substantive negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme.

Firm friends: Mollifying words from Presidents Hassan Rouhani, and Vladimir Putin have not changed matters in Syria

While Iran and the US talk of peace, the real war keeps going

World View: Ethnic cleansing continues as President Rouhani prepares to address the UN on Tuesday

A president but not the supreme leader – and therein lies the problem for Hassan Rouhani

The Iranians are spinning in the media so that the centrifuges can keep on spinning

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani

New president Hasan Rouhani: I have power to ensure Iran will never seek nuclear bomb

TV interview comes days before first appearance at the UN General Assembly

We will not seek to develop nuclear weapons, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani tells US TV

The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said yesterday that his government would never develop nuclear weapons and that he has full authority to negotiate a nuclear deal with the West.

Carless: she forsook the bohemian life for a succession of embassies

Rosa Maria Carless: Artist, writer and wife of a British diplomat

Rosa Maria Carless was a distinguished Brazilian artist and writer on cultural affairs from Sao Paulo who was married to the British diplomat Hugh Carless. They met when Carless was serving as Second Secretary at the British Embassy in Rio de Janeiro, and were married in Tehran in 1957, where Carless was posted as First (Oriental) Secretary in the British embassy, shortly after his renowned "short walk in the Hindu Kush" with the explorer and travel-writer Eric Newby, who wrote a bestselling book of that title.

The US government is set to seize the 36-storey building on Fifth Avenue

US to seize 'Iran-owned' New York skyscraper

Justice Department to confiscate 36 storey building considered a front for Iranian government

Iran plans to launch Persian cat into space as it prepares to send first human astronaut by 2018

Iran is preparing to launch a cat into space, just seven months after claiming to have sent a monkey on a successful 20 minute flight 72 miles into the atmosphere.

Iran President Hasan Rouhani will accept anyone elected by Syrian people

Iran's President Hasan Rouhani says his country will accept anyone as ruler of Syria who is elected by the Syrian people, the official news agency reported today.

Iran’s foreign minister says yes to William Hague

Foreign Secretary William Hague is to meet the Iranian foreign minister in a sign of a possible thaw in relations with Tehran following the election of new President Hassan Rouhani. The Foreign Office said the meeting with Mohammad Javad Zarif would take place in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York later this month.

Syria crisis: Russia, the peacemonger

Whatever else we think of Putin, his search for an end to carnage in Syria is hopeful

Iran cabinet ministers all sign up to Facebook - despite social media site being banned

Hope of a more open approach to the internet from new government after 15 ministers sign-up

Selected Poems, by Robert Graves, edited by Michael Longley. Faber & Faber, £15.99

Superb artistry marks the verse of a writer who survived the trenches and built his own myth

Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2006

Iran's foreign minister posts 'Happy Rosh Hashanah' greeting to Jews

Mohammad Javad Zarif continues an apparent online strategy conveying warmer relations with Israel

Mohammad Javad Zarif has been accused of being 'pro-West'

New foreign minister signals potential for Iran to improve relations with the West

Appointment is viewed as a key opportunity to build bridges with Obama administration

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