Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iran votes for new president: Farewell Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, we’ll

We shall miss him. The cheeky smile, the chipmunk eyes, the Spanish Armada beard, the crackpot President who once claimed that a cloud emanated above his head at the UN – then denied he’d ever said such nonsense – and then confessed that he had when confronted with tape of his holy utterance.

William Hague welcomes new Syria sanctions

World leaders should not ignore the atrocities being committed in Syria, Foreign Secretary William Hague said today as he welcomed another round of EU sanctions against President Bashar Assad's regime.

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Inside Iran: What life is really like in Tehran

While revolution has been sweeping the Middle East, demonstrations in Iran have been more subdued. But what's really going on in this notoriously secretive state? In a special report from inside the country, Patrick Cockburn takes to the streets to find out

Superman becomes a super-rebel – and scourge of the American

He's still a firm believer in truth and justice, but the world's foremost superhero is no longer sure he can carry on proudly endorsing the American way. As he approaches his 80th birthday, Superman has made a shock decision: he intends to renounce his US citizenship.

Iran reformers 'abducted' by security forces

Two of Iran's main opposition leaders and their wives are said to be in grave danger after security forces apparently abducted them from their homes, where they were under house arrest.