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

Iran's 'Ambassador of death' unveiled

iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday inaugurated the country's first domestically built unmanned bomber aircraft, calling it an "ambassador of death" to Iran's enemies.

Iran begins fueling first nuclear reactor

Iranian and Russian engineers have begun loading fuel into Iran's first nuclear power plant, which Moscow has promised to safeguard to prevent material at the site from being used in any potential weapons production.

Ahmadinejad hints at Iran nuclear compromise

Iran would stop higher-grade enrichment if it is assured of nuclear fuel supplies for a research reactor, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying in a Japanese newspaper yesterday.

Assassination attempt? No, just an overexcited supporter, says Iran

Mystery persisted last night over a purported attack on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, though the Iranian authorities maintained the incident was no more than an over-enthusiastic supporter throwing a firecracker in the President's general direction.

Iranian President unhurt after blast near motorcade

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was unharmed by an attack with a homemade explosive device on his motorcade during a visit to the western city of Hamadan today, a source in his office said.

Ahmadinejad calls for Obama meeting

Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday he is ready to meet "face-to-face" with Barack Obama in a televised debate over their countries' disputes. The Iranian leader plans to visit New York for the next UN Assembly in September.

Diary: Rapping the news today

What's worse for a rapper keen to keep his cool in middle-age: an arrest for a serious crime, like carrying a loaded weapon, or one for a minor misdemeanour, like not wearing a seat belt? Ice-T, the 52-year-old "original gangster" (who now plays a policeman on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) was arrested in New York on Tuesday. According to T's tweets, "Some punk bitch rookie cop named Fisher #10026 Made the arrest of his bullshit career today. Arresting the Notorious Ice T for no seatbelt... He said 'I know who you are and I don't [care]!'" Unconcerned by any potential accusations of having gone soft, T later tweeted, "I'm really only thinking 'bout my dog. I'm glad he's ok." T's six-month-old bulldog, Spartacus, needed surgery after getting his knee stuck in a shopping trolley (so says Spartacus in his own Twitter feed, @CuteSpartacus). T was released soon after his arrest, but the story nonetheless made national news, which, he tweets on, "raises the question... How petty is our news today? What about the War and the Gulf?" What indeed?

Tehran bazaar shuts its doors in anger at Ahmadinejad tax hike

Everything from dried rose petals to $5,000 (£3,300) silk carpets to cheap sweets and gaudy plastic sandals could be found on sale in Tehran's grand bazaar. The vast covered market, its narrow lanes typically heaving with shoppers and the raucous sounds of busy commerce, stands empty now, though. The bazaris, the city's merchant classes, have shut their doors in protest at tax hikes proposed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

For the love of Neda: Iran angered by new film

A year after footage of Neda Agha-Soltan's death in Tehran shocked the world, her mother tells Emily Dugan why she won't be cowed by threats

Iran 'to unveil nuclear fuel advance'

Iran will unveil a new advance in its nuclear programme in the coming months, the head of its Atomic Energy Organisation was quoted as saying today, in comments that showed defiance in the face of new UN sanctions.

President hits back at 'worthless' sanctions

Barack Obama made a "big mistake" in seeking to punish Iran over its nuclear program, the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said yesterday, criticising Washington but glossing over China's decision to back UN Security Council sanctions.

Iranians dig in for the battle they know could take years

A year ago Mahmoud Ahmadinejad crushed protests against him. But as these stories show, he did not break his opponents' spirit

Confront Iran on brutality not nuclear weapons, says Nobel prize winner

Western governments are indirectly helping the Islamic regime to repress its own people, Shirin Ebadi tells Katherine Butler

UN set to give approval for new round of Iran sanctions

After months of delicate diplomacy the United States is on the brink of ushering in a fourth round of punitive UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear enrichment programme.

Video: The truth about Iranian cinema

Between Iran's Nuclear programs and president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disdain for diplomacy, the country is seen by many to pose a legitimate threat to the rest of the world. Despite all this, or perhaps because of it, Iranian filmmakers are among most prolific and influential globally today. Their government’s influence over the film industry is unlike any other. In 1978, cinemas were burned to the ground after images of American decadence were shown on screen. The medium itself was outlawed until the Ayatollah Khamenei saw a film he liked, the cinemas were reopened, and the industry grew again.

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