Voices In today's relaxed Tehran, headscarves are being worn back from the face

Ex-home secretary Jack Straw returns from a visit to Tehran convinced that it’s time for the West to rethink its relationship with the regime

Syrian troops shell massacre site

Syrian troops today shelled the central region of Houla where more than 100 people were massacred last week, activists said.

Iranian voters go to the polls

Iran has begun run-off elections for more than one-fifth of parliamentary seats.

Ahmadinejad waving at supporters during a visit to island of Abu Musa

Tensions rise between UAE and Iran over disputed island

The UAE, angered by the Iranian President's visit to a Gulf island both countries claim, warned yesterday that the dispute could not "go on forever" and urged Tehran to agree to talks or international arbitration.

A woman in Tehran shows off the ink print that shows she has voted

Obama warns of military strike as Iran goes to polls

President Barack Obama warned he should be taken seriously when he says he would consider military action to stop Iran getting a nuclear weapon.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran leader Ayatollah Khamenei seeks high vote turnout

Iran's supreme leader has urged Iranians to vote in large numbers as the country holds parliamentary elections today, saying a high turnout would send a strong message to the enemies of the nation.

Hague 'new Cold War' fear over Iran

Iran's nuclear ambitions could plunge the world into "a new Cold War" with the Middle East, Foreign Secretary William Hague warned today.

The HMS Argyll was part of a US-led carrier group to pass through the Strait of Hormuz yesterday

West strikes first at Iran with EU oil sanctions as warships gather

Combined show of strength aimed at bringing Tehran back to the negotiating table over nuclear concerns

Kim Sengupta: The West knows air strikes will only stir up hornet's nest

Neither the European Union nor the United States appear to want the confrontation with Iran over its nuclear programme to escalate to a point where air strikes become inevitable. The constant refrain from officials, privately, in London, Paris and Washington is that they are "one hundred per cent behind a diplomatic rather than a military solution".

MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD: The religious hardliner was elected president in 2005 and again in 2009

Bomb blast outside UK embassy in Bahrain

Analysts say growing tensions between Iran and Britain may be behind the explosion

UN should act against Cameron over response to disturbances, says Iran

The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took gleeful advantage of the riots that have convulsed Britain, decrying the UN and human rights groups for their "silence" on the police response and demanding that the Security Council take action against David Cameron's government.

The Golden Cage, By Shirin Ebadi

In The Golden Cage, Nobel peace prize laureate Shirin Ebadi quotes Alì Shariati, an Iranian intellectual who died in mysterious circumstances a year before the Islamic Revolution: "If you can't eliminate injustice, at least tell everyone about it." Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer, former judge and one of the world's leading human-rights activists, has dedicated her life to doing just that.

How the demise of a trusted adviser could bring down Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iran's President has survived mass uprisings, but a corruption row engulfing his inner circle may soon be his undoing. Robert Fisk reports from Tehran

Ahmadinejad vows to keep enriching uranium

No offer from world powers can persuade Iran to stop enriching uranium, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday, dismissing the key demand of countries that fear Tehran is developing nuclear weapons.

President violated law, says Iran parliament

Iran's Parliament declared yesterday that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad acted illegally by declaring himself caretaker oil minister and referred the case to the judiciary, increasing pressure on him to quit the post.

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