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  • Kurdish battle positions Kurds as US ally against Iran

    There may be a silver but risky lining for Kurdish nationalists in their devastating loss of Kirkuk and other cities on the periphery of their semi-autonomous region as they lick their wounds and vent anger over deep-seated internal divisions that facilitated the Iranian-backed Iraqi blitzkrieg.

  • Trump is strengthening Iran's radicals

    The United States and Iran have rarely agreed on how to proceed with nuclear talks or other elements of their bilateral relations. But synergies and similarities between two factions—Iranian hardliners and the hawks of the current US administration—are as counterintuitive as they are profound.

  • Trump expected to decertify Iran nuclear deal

    President Donald Trump is expected to announce soon that he will decertify the landmark international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, a senior administration official says, in a step that potentially could cause the 2015 accord to unravel.

  • Iran rejects US demand for UN visit to military sites

    Iran has dismissed a US demand for United Nations nuclear inspectors to visit its military bases as “merely a dream”.

  • Trump puts Iran nuclear deal in jeopardy

    During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly declared that the Iran nuclear deal, known as “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” (JCPOA), was the worst agreement the US has ever signed, and his first priority as president would be to “tear up” the deal. JCPOA has limited Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for removal of all sanctions imposed by the West and the United Nations.

  • Queiroz from Man Utd enforcer to Mr. World Cup

    Carlos Queiroz was once Alex Ferguson's formidable number two at Manchester United, now he carves out a new reputation: the man who can take your team to the World Cup.

  • Stay the course with Rouhani

    Hassan Rouhani has won re-election as Iran's president in a landslide, meaning that it is he who will be dealing with an antagonistic US President Donald Trump.

  • Iran to hit inside Pakistan if terror attacks continue

    The head of the Iranian armed forces warns Islamabad that Tehran would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront Sunni militants who carry out cross-border attacks.

  • China earn 1st point

    China hold heavyweights Iran to a gritty 0-0 draw to lift their hopes of reaching just their second World Cup in Asian qualifying.

  • BD girls defeat Iran

    The Bangladesh Under-16 girls team decimate group favourites Iran 3-0 in their Group C Qualifiers of the AFC U-16 Women's Championship.

  • Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri 'executed'

    An Iranian nuclear scientist detained since 2010 has been executed, his family has told the BBC.

  • Abbas Kiarostami with a camera.

    Award-winning film director Abbas Kiarostami passes away

    A much-feted figure in world cinema, award-winning Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami dies in Paris at 76.

  • Afghan fury as Iran, Turkey claim Rumi

    Who can lay claim to Rumi, the Sufi mystic who is one of the world's most beloved poets? A bid by Iran and Turkey to do so has exasperated Afghanistan, country of his birth eight centuries ago.

  • Iran general warns Bahrain after Shia cleric stripped of citizenship

    The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards has suggested there could be armed resistance in Bahrain after the Sunni Muslim-ruled kingdom's top Shia cleric was stripped of his citizenship.

  • Iranian billionaire sentenced to death

    Iranian billionaire businessman Babak Zanjani has been sentenced to death for corruption, justice officials say.

  • Millions vote in Iran elections

    Iranians are voting in elections for their country's parliament and the Assembly of Experts, a clerical body that appoints the supreme leader.

  • Iran rules Valentine's Day celebrations a crime

    Iran says it is cracking down on Valentine's Day celebrations and shops engaging in them will be guilty of a crime.

  • Iran's re-entrance in the global economy

    One should not be surprised if Washington re-establishes diplomatic ties with Tehran before the end of President Barack Obama's term in November 2016. However, what will be the fate of the JCPOA after the November 2016 US presidential elections is anyone's guess, particularly if a Republican is elected to the White House.

  • How safe is John Kerry's 'safer' world?

    As soon as the international sanctions on Iran were lifted on January 16, the US Secretary of State John F Kerry said, “Today marks the start of a safer world.”

  • Sanctions on Iran lifted

    We welcome the lifting of the long-running international sanctions against Iran. It will certainly help the country to recover from the consequences...

  • Iran says new US sanctions illegitimate

    Iran says new US curbs on the Islamic Republic's ballistic missile programme were illegitimate, vowing to continue developing its conventional military deterrent.

  • Saudi-Iran spat incites sectarianism

    The Arab Spring had deeply destabilised the Middle East. A new dimension was added to the existing instability on January 4, 2016, when the (Sunni) Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) severed diplomatic ties with (Shia) Iran.

  • ‘New chapter’ for Tehran, says Rouhani as world lifts sanctions on Iran

    Iran "has opened a new chapter" in its ties with the world, President Hassan Rouhani has said, hours after economic sanctions on Tehran were lifted.

  • Iran frees US sailors held in Gulf

    Iran's Revolutionary Guards have released 10 US sailors held for entering its territorial waters in the Gulf, state television reported.

  • How the Saudi king benefits from a cleric's execution

    Saudi Arabia's execution of Shia cleric Nimr-al-Nimr, alongside 46 others, mostly al Qaeda members, has sparked a crisis with Iran.

  • Saudi cleric execution: Dhaka Shia Muslims protest

    Shia Muslims in Dhaka today protested the execution of a prominent Shia cleric carried out by the Sunni Muslim majority Saudi Arabia on January 2.

  • 'Saudis will not allow war with Iran'

    Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said a war between his country and Iran would be the beginning of a catastrophe and Riyadh would not allow it.

  • Iran bans imports from KSA, faces Saudi boycotts

    Iran and Saudi Arabia take further steps to sever commercial ties today, intensifying a feud between the regional rivals, as Tehran announced a ban on imports from Saudi Arabia and Saudi groups called for boycotts of Iranian products.

  • Iran accuses Saudi of bombing embassy in Yemen

    Saudi warplanes "deliberately" strike Iran's embassy in Yemen in an air raid that wounds staff, Tehran says as tensions between the two regional powers mount.

  • Dhaka condemns Saudi embassy attacks

    Bangladesh has condemned the recent attacks on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad.