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

Mr Hague said the military should remain in charge to oversee elections

William Hague increases the pressure on Iran

Foreign Secretary William Hague called today for more sanctions against Iran to "increase the isolation of the regime" from the international community.

Leading article: Britain's many-layered quarrel with Iran

Mr Hague is right not to slam the door irrevocably shut on Tehran

Tehran triumphant at nuclear milestone

Iran's first nuclear power plant has finally begun to provide electricity to the county's national grid, official media reported yesterday, a long-delayed milestone in the nuclear ambitions of a country the West fears is covertly trying to develop atomic weapons.

UN raises fears over Iran's nuclear weapons plan

The UN nuclear agency has said it is "increasingly concerned" about intelligence suggesting that Iran continues to secretly work on developing a nuclear payload for a missile and other components of a nuclear weapons programme.

Tehran street named after American activist

Tehran's municipal council has named a street after an American activist who was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in 2003.

Iranian victim spares her acid attacker an eye for an eye

An Iranian woman blinded by a spurned suitor spared her attacker the same fate moments before she was due to drip acid into both his eyes in a Tehran hospital.

A Separation, Asghar Farhadi, 112 mins (PG)

Iran seems such an alien society that it's a relief to see how Tehran's middle-classes suffer the same hum-drum tragedies that befall us all

Ahmadinejad vows to keep enriching uranium

No offer from world powers can persuade Iran to stop enriching uranium, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday, dismissing the key demand of countries that fear Tehran is developing nuclear weapons.

Vladimir Nabokov: Genius or narcissist?

With publication of yet another florid paean to Lolita's creator, Viv Groskop asks what it means to be the ultimate 'writer's writer'

Iran at odds with France over ancient artworks

Iran has declared a cultural war with one of the world's largest museums, the Louvre in Paris, which it accuses of reneging on a promise to send part of its collection of ancient Persian artefacts to an exhibition in Tehran.

Paradise lost: Persia from above

Swiss photographer Georg Gerster undertook a dangerous mission to capture the beauty of Iran from the air on film, sticking his camera out a of a plane to do so

How Iran keeps revolution from flowering on streets of Tehran

After a week inside the Islamic state, Patrick Cockburn reflects on how Ahmadinejad's subtle game has kept regional unrest at bay

London 2012 logo 'Zionist', claims Iran

Iran is threatening to boycott the London 2012 Olympics because it claims the Games' official logo spells the word "Zion".

Album: Shahkilid, Nedaye Asemani (Muziekpublique)

The title of this CD means "divine whisper", but it also refers to Neda, the young woman shot during the 2009 protests in Tehran.

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