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

Pope makes plea to Ahmadinejad

Pope Benedict XVI has told President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of the discrimination and violence Catholics suffer in the Middle East and said he hopes relations between the local Catholic Church and authorities can improve.

Robert Fisk: Lebanon and Iran make uneasy bedfellows

I think it should be a Beirut Diary this week. Deep background, you understand. The truth. Believe me, it is.

Presidents form strike partnership

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Evo Morales have long been on the same side politically. Now the presidents of Iran and Bolivia, both harsh critics of the US, have teamed up to play a friendly game of five-a-side football with professional players during Morales's state visit to Tehran.

Robert Fisk: Israel comes face to face with the man who would wipe it off the map

Lebanon's southern border, so often a battleground, hosted the latest leg of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's provocative tour yesterday

Robert Fisk: Lebanon and Hizbollah ready to welcome Ahmadinejad

Iran's leader is coming to town in the hope of a propaganda victory

Iran's 9/11 claims hateful, says Obama

President Barack Obama yesterday condemned as hateful, offensive and inexcusable a suggestion by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of a US government role in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

EU chief slams Iran's 9/11 attack claims

Europe's foreign policy chief today condemned Iranian claims of US government complicity in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America.

David Usborne: Avoiding despots but meeting Melinda Gates: is this the world's biggest protocol nightmare?

Prescient, the Brazilians. Years ago, they agreed to be first at the podium at the UN General Assembly each September when nobody else was volunteering. Ever since, they have been allowed to keep the now highly prized slot, which always guarantees a full hall – the Americans come after.

Seize chance of peace, Obama urges Israel and Palestinians

US President focuses on Middle East and Iran in address to UN General Assembly

12 killed as bomb explodes at Iranian military parade

Twelve people were killed and dozens injured yesterday when a bomb exploded among a crowd watching a military parade in north-western Iran. One local official blamed the attack on "anti-revolutionary" militants.

Ahmadinejad back in town to rejoin the battle of public opinion

Under attack from Western governments and by the United Nations itself for his nuclear stance, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran attempted magnanimity at the UN headquarters yesterday while insisting that the US get used to the future "belonging" to his country.

Iran ready to release American woman

A senior Iranian prosecutor said today that authorities will release a jailed American woman on $500,000 bail because of health problems, another sudden about-face by Iran in a case that has added to tension with the United States.

Castro criticises Iran on anti-Semitism

Fidel Castro has criticised the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for denying the Holocaust and promoting anti-Semitism. The former Cuban leader also warned that an escalating conflict between Iran and the West could lead to nuclear war.

Joan Smith: Iran's barbarity that must be resisted

Accounts of systematic beatings and rape are almost too harrowing to read. But weirdly, Ahmadinejad's regime continues to have apologists

Crowds attack home of Iranian opposition leader

Pro-government militiamen attacked the home of an Iranian opposition leader with homemade bombs and beat one of his bodyguards unconscious, an opposition website reported, in an apparent attempt to keep him from attending a key rally today.

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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

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A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

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Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

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11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
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Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

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