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

Janar Panahi in <i>This Is Not a Film</i>, his response to an Iranian court's 20-year ban on him doing his job

This Is Not a Film, Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb (U)

An Iranian film director banned from making movies and placed under house arrest has the perfect answer: a masterpiece about house arrest

This is Not A Film (U)

The title is a put-on, like the Magritte painting of a pipe.

Pentagon predicts Israel will drag US into war with Iran

Secret US simulation assumes Tehran would retaliate against ships if nuclear sites bombed

Claims of Iranian nuclear site 'clean-up' are rejected

Iran has denied allegations that it attempted to clean up radioactive traces possibly left by secret nuclear work at a key military site before granting UN inspectors permission to visit the facility.

World powers demand access to Iran's nuclear site

Six world powers have urged Iran to answer questions about suspicions that it is working on nuclear weapons, but stressed that diplomacy was the way forward, in a carefully worded statement that reflected Western sensitivity to Russian and Chinese concerns about being too harsh on Tehran.

Iran 'hiding nuclear weapons work'

The head of the UN nuclear agency has "serious concerns" that Iran may be hiding secret atomic weapons work and admits he failed in his latest attempt to unearth them.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rivals 'pulling ahead' in Iran election

Conservative rivals of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were leading in the race for parliament according to early election results today, an indication the president may face a more hostile house in the remaining 18 months of his second term in office.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran leader Ayatollah Khamenei seeks high vote turnout

Iran's supreme leader has urged Iranians to vote in large numbers as the country holds parliamentary elections today, saying a high turnout would send a strong message to the enemies of the nation.

Iranians urged to defy opposition call for boycott

Iranians go to the polls today for the first time since the controversial 2009 presidential elections that were mired in accusations of fraud, setting off huge protests and a bloody crackdown.

The myth: President casts ‘vote for peace’ in referendum on constitutional reform that the West condemns as a ‘farce’

Leading article: A farcical vote that does nothing for Assad's people

There is an air of nightmarish farce to the Syrian government's decision to hold a constitutional referendum at a time when it is subjecting one of the largest cities in the country to relentless, punitive bombardment. The agony of Homs, now in its fourth week, appears endless as President Bashar al-Assad's tanks pound residential districts indiscriminately. No one knows exactly how many died in Syria at the weekend but most estimates range between 60 and 90. Either way, hardly anyone in Homs was in any position yesterday to tick or cross Mr Assad's meaningless shopping list of reforms.

UN nuclear agency reports failed Iran talks

The UN nuclear agency acknowledged renewed failure today after a trip to probe suspicions of covert Iranian nuclear weapons work, in a statement issued just hours after an Iranian general warned of a pre-emptive strike against any foe threatening the country.

UN team flies to inspect Iranian nuclear sites as tensions rise

Iran announces military exercise to protect atomic facilities ahead of Obama meeting with Israeli PM

Israel warned over Iran action

Foreign Secretary William Hague warned Israel today that military action against Iran would not be "a wise thing".

President Obama, pictured yesterday, warned of Iran’s 'defiant acts'

Nuclear stunt shows Iran's uncompromising mood

Warning of end to EU oil supplies fuels tensions further and adds to risk of Israeli military strike

Leading article: Iran risks playing into the hands of its enemies

The way Tehran is upping the ante suggests a belief that it has nothing left to lose
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