News Iranian Teacher Ali Mohammadian with 8-year-old Mahan Rahimi, in a photo taken before Mahan's classmates followed their teacher and also shaved their hair.

Ali Mohammadian noticed his pupil was being bullied, and shaved his head to show his support

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: William Hague swims around the fishy issue of Iran

To contrast the attitudes of the US Congress and the British Parliament, start with Iran. Today, the palpable welcome by MPs for Tehran’s suspension of high-level  uranium enrichment was matched only by anxiety about the UN excluding Iran from the Syria talks that start today in Switzerland.

In today's relaxed Tehran, headscarves are being worn back from the face

Jack Straw: In Hasan Rouhani’s Iran, you can feel the winds of change

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

Jack Straw has just returned from Tehran as part of 'well received' UK parliamentary delegation

Britain and US have had 'malign' influences over Iran, says former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw

Veteran politician has just returned from Tehran as part of 'well received' UK parliamentary delegation

High-end burger restaurants such as the Garage Grill in Tehran have enjoyed huge success in recent months

Nothing quite like a McAli’s burger... Iran’s foodies opt for taste of America with a glut of high-end grill restaurants in Tehran

Upmarket grills adorned with Americana are proving a hit in wealthy areas, finds Jason Rezaian in Tehran

The headquarters of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, on the south bank of the river Thames near Vauxhall Bridge

Iran claims it has captured MI6 spy in Kerman

Iran media reports claim the man was arrested after authorities spent months tracking him down

UN inspectors arrive in Tehran to visit Iranian nuclear facility

Inspectors from the UN nuclear agency have arrived in Tehran to visit a nuclear facility that has long been off-limits to outside experts, an Iranian news agency has said.

British diplomat Ajay Sharma to visit Iran for first time in two years

Visit by newly-appointed envoy will be first since British embassy in Tehran was stormed by activists in November 2011

William Hague arrived in Geneva yesterday, saying things were difficult

William Hague plays down deal as Iran nuclear talks ‘critical’

Negotiations between six world powers and Iran aimed at preventing Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon reached a critical stage tonight, after foreign ministers gathered in Geneva in search of a breakthrough on an interim deal.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, with the French President Francois Hollande, right, said France was a ‘true friend’ in Tel Aviv

France’s transformation has put it front and centre in world affairs

The French have been robust in protecting what it considers to be French and, by extension, Western interests

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, with the French President Francois Hollande, right, said France was a ‘true friend’ in Tel Aviv

Cautious hope of a deal with Iran over nuclear power

After several false starts, Western negotiators are cautiously hopeful of a breakthrough deal with Iran this week to curb Tehran’s nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief.

The flag of the International Atomic Energy Agency - the agency has said Iran still has questions to answer on its past activities

UN reports halt in Iran’s nuclear activities three months after moderate Hassan Rouhani became president

When elected, Mr Rouhani promised he would seek to lift the unpopular international economic sanctions used to punish Tehran for failing to curtail its nuclear programme

Deal struck on wider UN inspections of Iran sites in boost to wider negotiations over Tehran's nuclear programme

Optimism about potential breakthrough in decade-long dispute raised

New UK diplomat Ajay Sharma to visit Iran as direct diplomatic links renewed

Britain's new charge d'affaires to Iran is expected to visit the country later this month amid further signs of a thawing in relations.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that there can be no negotiation on his country's right to uranium enrichment

President Hassan Rouhani says Iran’s right to uranium enrichment a non-negotiable 'red line', as nuclear talks stall

Iranian President says his country 'will not bow its head to threats', though William Hague says deal possible in coming weeks.

John Kerry flies to Geneva from Tel Aviv, after talks with Binyamin Netanyahu

Nuclear deal for Iran tantalisingly close – but US Secretary of State John Kerry warns that tensions in Middle East remain

Hopes rise for nuclear deal with Iran, to the fury of Israel and Saudi Arabia

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