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

Data decoded from CIA drone, claims Iran

The Islamic Republic has been trumpeting its possession of the drones in an attempt to embarrass Washington over its alleged surveillance of Iran's disputed nuclear program

US denies Iran claim to have captured drone over Gulf despite images showing 'downed craft' on state TV

Iran claimed today it had captured a US drone after it entered Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf— even showing an image of a purportedly downed craft on state TV — but the US Navy said all its unmanned aircraft in the region were “fully accounted for.”

Iranian nuclear programme makes progress

Iran has reached another milestone in its nuclear program, UN inspectors reported Friday, saying the country has completed work on an underground factory for making enriched uranium. Western officials fear that the heavily fortified facility could someday be used to make a nuclear bomb.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage apologises after appearing to take sides with 'democratic' Iran against a 'conspiracy' by western powers intent on 'world domination'

Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, issued a fulsome apology today after he appeared to take sides with “democratic” Iran against a “conspiracy” by western powers intent on “world domination”.

Editorial: A nuclear Iran is not the only threat

A currency crisis is one of the most destabilising developments that can afflict a modern society. It reflects failing confidence in the government even as it undermines the basic functioning of the state. Those who can, move abroad or exchange their local cash and other assets for something safer. Those without such options take to the streets – with unforeseeable consequences. This is why the precipitate fall in the value of the rial is of a different order from Iran's many other recent tribulations.

Police clash with protesters in Iran as currency continues to plunge

Ahmadinejad could face increasing domestic attacks before elections

A human rights activist opposed to Tehran makes his point at the UN in New York by wearing a Mahmoud Ahmadinejad mask

Israel tells UN: Iran must be given a 'clear red line'

Asserting in a dramatic speech to the United Nations that Iran will be ready to build a nuclear weapon by next summer, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told leaders they must draw a clear red line to force the regime in Tehran to back down and end its uranium enrichment programme.

Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi performs dramatic U-turn telling audience in Iran that he supported military intervention in Syria

The new Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, performed a dramatic about turn today when he told an audience in Iran that he supported military intervention in Syria – infuriating Bashar al-Assad’s foreign minister and cleaving a gaping political fissure with Tehran.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon defies the US and Israel by confirming trip to Tehran

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend a summit meeting of leaders of non-aligned developing nations in Tehran next week, defying calls from the United States and Israel to boycott the event, UN diplomats said today.

Text messages to warn public of missile attack in Israel

Final tests are being made of a public warning system which would send a text message to Israelis in the event of an imminent missile attack by Iran or Lebanon's Hezbollah militia.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused of arming Kurdish separatists for attacks against Turkish government

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been accused of arming Kurdish separatists who have stepped up attacks against the Turkish government - meddling that has the potential to lead to a major inflammation of the conflict outside war-ravaged Syria. 

Iran issues new oil blockade warning

Iran could prevent even “a single drop of oil” passing through the Strait of Hormuz if its security is threatened, a naval chief said today, as tensions simmer over Tehran's nuclear programme.

Deadlock at talks to curb Iran's nuclear progress

Iran and six world powers blamed each other for a deadlock at talks on Tehran's nuclear programme yesterday, as negotiators struggled to reduce the risk of a new Middle East war.

Iran 'designing nuclear submarine', claims news agency

Iran has begun to design its first nuclear submarine, a semi-official news agency in the country has reported.

Sanctions stalemate as world powers reject Iran's nuclear plan

Baghdad summit calls for halting of uranium enrichment in return for limited benefits
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Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

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Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
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New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
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Philippa Perry interview

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Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

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