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

Iranian film director freed on bail after hunger strike

Iran released an internationally renowned filmmaker and opposition supporter on bail yesterday after more than two months in custody, state television reported.

Iran opposition figure lashes out at regime

A senior opposition figure accused Iran's hardline judiciary and conservative lawmakers of being instruments in the intimidation of pro-reform activists and the trampling of constitutional rights.

US hikers jailed in Iran briefly reunited with their mothers

Three Americans jailed in Iran for 10 months hugged and kissed their mothers in an emotional reunion yesterday after the women arrived on a mission to secure the release of their children.

Iran sanctions 'holding up nuclear treaty negotiations'

Efforts to achieve agreement among 189 nations on reinforcing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) face collapse because of the fall-out from a new UN sanctions resolution against Iran and an impasse on creating a nuclear weapons-free zone for the Middle East, participants warned.

Iran to ship uranium to Turkey in nuclear deal

Iran has agreed to ship much of its enriched uranium to Turkey in a nuclear fuel swap deal reached with the help of mediation from Brazil and Turkey.

French woman 'to be cleared of spying'

The lawyer of a French teaching assistant who was arrested on spying charges after Iran's disputed June election said today she would be acquitted by tomorrow.

'Newsweek' writer jailed for 13 years in Iran

A reporter working for Newsweek magazine has been sentenced in absentia to 74 lashes and more than 13 years in prison, raising concerns about a new government crackdown ahead of the anniversary of disputed presidential elections.

Errors & Omissions: You'll find that way down below is not a place we wish to go

On Thursday we carried a useful guide to the possible outcomes of the election. The heading said: "So what will we wake up to on Friday morning? One of the below."

Ahmadinejad refuses to curtail nuclear ambitions as weapons talks begin

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday threw down the gauntlet to America and the West, arguing that the US, not Iran, was the real threat to world peace, and leaving little doubt that his country would press on with its controversial nuclear programme, which it says is for purely peaceful purposes.

Iran take their nuclear case to UN stage

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad brings his nuclear case to New York today, turning a UN treaty conference into a stage for Tehran's long-running showdown with the Western powers over its uranium enrichment program.

Iranian leader flies into nuclear storm

US hopes to build coalition against Ahmadinejad at non-proliferation conference

The fear factor: A year after the 'green' uprising, Iranians are no closer to breaking free

Katherine Butler finds a nation ill at ease, and a regime whose ruthlessness is matched only by its cynicism

Zimbabwe & Iran: Another special relationship

President Robert Mugabe welcomed Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on a state visit to Zimbabwe yesterday, a meeting of two leaders united in fierce opposition to the West.

Ultra-orthodox Jews protest against holiday

A group of ultra-Orthodox Jews passionately opposed to the existence of the state of Israel burned the national flag and draped black standards of mourning outside their homes yesterday, as ordinary Israelis reflected on the state's growing isolation abroad.

Ahmadinejad extolls Iran's military might

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran's military is so powerful today no one would dare attack the country.

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