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Iran's supreme leader tells Ahmadinejad not to run again for president

Iran’s supreme leader has told former hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to stand again in next year’s elections, state media reported on

Iran’s supreme leader has told former hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to stand again in next year’s elections, state media reported on

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Iranian cyclist killed in Paralympics road race

An Iranian cyclist has died following a crash during the Paralympics. Bahman Golbarnezhad, who was 48, was competing in the C4-5 road race when he

An Iranian cyclist has died following a crash during the Paralympics. Bahman Golbarnezhad, who was 48, was competing in the C4-5 road race when he

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Siamand Rahman, the strongest Paralympian ever

His name is Siamand Rahman, and he is the strongest Paralympian ever, breaking 300kg and winning gold in the men’s powerlifting heavyweight category.

His name is Siamand Rahman, and he is the strongest Paralympian ever, breaking 300kg and winning gold in the men’s powerlifting heavyweight category.

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Iranians protest against Saudi rulers as Hajj gets underway

Thousands of Iranians have protested in Tehran against Saudi Arabia’s ruling family, shouting “death to Al Saud the traitors” as the annual Hajj pilgrimage to the Saudi city of Mecca gets…

Thousands of Iranians have protested in Tehran against Saudi Arabia’s ruling family, shouting “death to Al Saud the traitors” as the annual Hajj pilgrimage to the Saudi city of Mecca gets…

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Iran and Saudi Arabia in pilgrimage row

Regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran have had an unusually harsh exchange in the lead up to the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca.

Regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran have had an unusually harsh exchange in the lead up to the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca.

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British Airways resumes flights from London to Tehran

British Airways is resuming direct flights from London to Tehran which were suspended four years ago because of western sanctions against Iran.

British Airways is resuming direct flights from London to Tehran which were suspended four years ago because of western sanctions against Iran.

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Oil production freeze speculation increases

A freeze of oil output by major producers is looking more likely as Saudi Arabia signals a change in approach ahead of an OPEC meeting in Algeria later this month.

A freeze of oil output by major producers is looking more likely as Saudi Arabia signals a change in approach ahead of an OPEC meeting in Algeria later this month.

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Iran deploys air defence missiles at Fordo nuclear site

State media in Iran says the army has begun deploying a Russian supplied S-300 air missile defence system around the Fordo nuclear facility.

State media in Iran says the army has begun deploying a Russian supplied S-300 air missile defence system around the Fordo nuclear facility.

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Iran and Venezuela cooperate to boost oil prices

Venezuela’s president said he expects new measures to stabalise oil markets and strengthen OPEC to be announced soon.

Venezuela’s president said he expects new measures to stabalise oil markets and strengthen OPEC to be announced soon.

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Oil dips below $50 a barrel as production limit hopes fade

Crude oil prices have slipped back after hitting an eight-week high following their longest run of gains in four years in the belief that a limit on output will not be agreed by producers.

Crude oil prices have slipped back after hitting an eight-week high following their longest run of gains in four years in the belief that a limit on output will not be agreed by producers.

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18-year-old becomes first Iranian female Olympic medalist

The first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal is eighteen-year-old Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin in Taekwondo who beat her Swedish opponent to take the bronze.

The first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal is eighteen-year-old Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin in Taekwondo who beat her Swedish opponent to take the bronze.

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Trumps claims Obama "lied" about cash for Iran's US prisoners

The US State Department has admitted for the first time that a 400 million dollar cash payment made to Iran ordered by a tribunal was withheld until four US prisoners were…

The US State Department has admitted for the first time that a 400 million dollar cash payment made to Iran ordered by a tribunal was withheld until four US prisoners were…

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Why has Iran let Russia use its bases for bombing Syria?

Images of Russian jets bombing Syria have become commonplace since Russia decided to enter the war in support of the Assad regime last September.

Images of Russian jets bombing Syria have become commonplace since Russia decided to enter the war in support of the Assad regime last September.

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Russia hits back at US claims over its Syria raids from Iran

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has rejected US suggestions that it might be violating a UN resolution by using an Iranian air base to launch air strikes in Syria.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has rejected US suggestions that it might be violating a UN resolution by using an Iranian air base to launch air strikes in Syria.

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Iran and Turkey pledge greater cooperation on Syria

Despite their differences, the foreign ministers of Turkey and Iran are pledging greater cooperation on trying to resolve the Syrian crisis – after meeting in…

Despite their differences, the foreign ministers of Turkey and Iran are pledging greater cooperation on trying to resolve the Syrian crisis – after meeting in…

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Iran hangs nuclear scientist over US 'treason'

Iran has executed a nuclear scientist accused of providing the US with information about the country's nuclear programme.

Iran has executed a nuclear scientist accused of providing the US with information about the country's nuclear programme.

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State executions: a fate worse than death

Indonesia went ahead with the execution of four drug offenders early on Friday morning. Last-minute petitions were denied. Another 10 more are due to

Indonesia went ahead with the execution of four drug offenders early on Friday morning. Last-minute petitions were denied. Another 10 more are due to

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Iranian film legend Abbas Kiarostami dies

Abbas Kiarostami was the international giant of Iranian cinema who managed to express himself as a director without falling foul of Iran’s notorious censors.

Abbas Kiarostami was the international giant of Iranian cinema who managed to express himself as a director without falling foul of Iran’s notorious censors.

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Iran: Mixed reactions to Brexit

There has been radio silence from much of the Middle East throughout the Brexit campaign, but in the wake of the UK deciding to leave the European

There has been radio silence from much of the Middle East throughout the Brexit campaign, but in the wake of the UK deciding to leave the European

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Tehran says it has foiled a huge ISIL bombing campaign

Iranian authorities say ISIL has been hatching "plots and conspiracies" against it from its de facto capital of Raqqa in Syria.

Iranian authorities say ISIL has been hatching "plots and conspiracies" against it from its de facto capital of Raqqa in Syria.