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

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Natanz nuclear plant in 2007

Bullish allies resist Iran's call for end to nuclear sanctions

UK ministers warned that Israeli strike on Iran nuclear facilities could spark Middle East war

Eurovision row escalates as Iran withdraws ambassador

Iran has withdrawn its ambassador from Azerbaijan in a row about the Eurovision Song Contest.

The Sketch: No muttering, more a bawling roar, as backbenchers make themselves heard

A muttering idiot? "The muttering idiot opposite!" The House went up. And kept going up for what might have been a minute. A minute is a long time in the House of Commons. The Speaker was left standing, powerless to control the new Tories' angry euphoria.

Downing Street keeps Iran conflict plan under wraps

Downing Street declined today to discuss the UK's contingency plans in the event of a military confrontation between Israel and Iran, amid reports that ministers have asked law officers to examine whether any British involvement would be legal.

International Atomic Energy Agency chief visits Iran

The head of the UN nuclear agency flew to Tehran on a delicate mission that - if successful - could finally lift the veil on whether Iran is seeking atomic arms while strengthening the Islamic Republic's negotiating hand in crucial nuclear talks with six world powers later in the week.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks in Tehran before leaving for Tajikistan

Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 'blocked from Olympics'

Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims he has been blocked by the UK authorities from attending the Olympic Games in London.

Majid Jamali Fashi was reported by Iranian state media to have confessed to blowing up one of its nuclear scientists, Masoud Ali-Mohammadi

Iran hangs 'Mossad spy' Majid Jamali Fashi for killing scientist

Tehran claims United States and Israel were behind attack designed to disrupt its nuclear plans

George W Bush is said to have offered a grand bargain in 2004

Revealed: how George W Bush offered to bring Iran back into the international fold

Iran spurned a previously undisclosed American offer from President George W Bush of talks aimed at reaching a "grand bargain" over long-standing differences between Washington and Tehran, a leading figure in the country's theocratic regime has revealed.

UN inspector dies in Iran car crash

A UN nuclear inspector from South Korea was killed today and a colleague was injured in a car crash near a reactor site in central Iran, the nuclear watchdog agency said.

Iranian voters go to the polls

Iran has begun run-off elections for more than one-fifth of parliamentary seats.

Businessman Christopher Tappin, 65, awaits trial in Texas and faces 35 years in prison if convicted

Tappin granted $1m bail ahead of arms trial in US

The British businessman accused by the US of selling weapons to Iran has been granted bail and could be freed this week.

Talks begin with Iran over nuclear programme

Six world powers and Iran are meeting in an attempt to find common ground over concerns that Tehran's nuclear programme could be used to make weapons.

Tehran set for nuclear talks

Iran and six of the world's major powers, including the UK and US, prepared for rare talks yesterday aimed at easing fears that a deepening dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme could plunge the Middle East into a new war.

Politician claims Tehran can produce nuclear arms

A prominent Iranian politician has for the first time publicly declared that Iran has the ability to produce nuclear weapons, but will never do so.

Iran 'able to build nuclear weapon'

A prominent Iranian lawmaker has said Iran has the knowledge and scientific capability to produce nuclear weapons but will never do so.

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