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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 leaders hit out at nuclear 'bullies'

Iran's leaders issued a strong challenge to the United States and Britain today accusing them of using their nuclear weapons to 'bully and intimidate' countries without the bomb.

China offered oil for sanctions deal over Iran

China is being privately reassured that its supplies of oil would be guaranteed in the event that it supports tough new UN sanctions on Iran, its third largest supplier of crude.

UN inspectors to investigate 'new Iranian nuclear plants'

International inspectors are preparing to search for two new uranium enrichment sites in Iran, which the country says it plans to build in defiance of United Nations demands. According to reports, the UN inspectors are taking seriously claims by the head of Iran's atomic energy organisation that Tehran has ordered work to begin on new plants, and are trying to avoid a repeat of the debacle over the enrichment site at Qom, which Iran was able to keep hidden until last year.

Billions in US public money 'spent in Iran'

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Militia beat my son, says Karroubi

The wife of Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi is claiming that her son was savagely beaten during last week's protests and accuses the nation's supreme leader of tolerating such abuses. In an open letter to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Fatameh Karroubi says her son Ali was beaten inside a mosque by hard-line militiamen.

Iran touts nuclear gains and quashes protests

Huge numbers of pro-government marchers join annual rally President taunts West with boasts about uranium enrichment

Geneive Abdo: The dissidents need some foreign support

Events in Iran yesterday showed the determination of both the regime and the opposition, but should also provide a lesson for Western governments: unless the outside world aids the opposition, the regime could continue to rule indefinitely through brutal force without an inch of reform to the system.

Huge rallies as Iran proclaims 'nuclear state'

Hundreds of thousands of government supporters today massed in central Tehran to mark the anniversary of the revolution that created Iran's Islamic republic - while president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad chose the day to proclaim his nation is now a "nuclear state".

Iran makes first batch of higher enriched uranium

Iran has produced its first consignment of 20 per cent enriched uranium, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today, two days after the Islamic state announced it had started making higher-grade atomic fuel.

Iran steps up nuclear game as Revolution Day looms

Islamic regime provokes confrontation with West but opposition prepares to hijack commemorations

Iran's resistance keeps up cat-and-mouse web game

With their paths through the Internet increasingly blocked by government filters, Nooshin and her fellow Iranian opposition-supporters say their information on planned protests now comes in emails.

Iranian leader tells nuclear chief to step up enrichment

Televised request by Ahmadinejad raises fresh fears over Tehran's uranium intentions

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Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered his country's atomic agency to begin the production of higher enriched uranium.

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