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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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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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Iran swears in its tenth parliament

Independent counting suggests this will be the first parliament in more than 20 years with neither a conservative nor reformist majority.

Independent counting suggests this will be the first parliament in more than 20 years with neither a conservative nor reformist majority.

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Iran election: 'Victory' for allies of reformist Rouhani

Moderate and centrist allies of Iran’s reformist President Hassan Rouhani have won the second round of parliamentary elections, taking more than 30

Moderate and centrist allies of Iran’s reformist President Hassan Rouhani have won the second round of parliamentary elections, taking more than 30

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Iran votes in second round of parliamentary elections

Voters in Iran voted in a second round of parliamentary elections on Friday (April 29). There are 68 remaining seats to fill. The remaining seats

Voters in Iran voted in a second round of parliamentary elections on Friday (April 29). There are 68 remaining seats to fill. The remaining seats

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Italy's Renzi visits Iran in bid to renew trade ties

The Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has begun a two-day trip to Iran, the highest-ranking European leader to visit since world powers stuck a

The Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has begun a two-day trip to Iran, the highest-ranking European leader to visit since world powers stuck a

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Rights and reforms: Iran's post-election challenges

There is as sense of deja vu about our interview here in Geneva, with Dr. Mohammad Javad Larijani, head of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights and

There is as sense of deja vu about our interview here in Geneva, with Dr. Mohammad Javad Larijani, head of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights and

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Iranian election will shape its future for at least a decade

Voting is underway in Iran. The election will shape the future of Iran for at least a decade. Hardliners and moderate candidates are vying for seats

Voting is underway in Iran. The election will shape the future of Iran for at least a decade. Hardliners and moderate candidates are vying for seats

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Iran elections: reformists build momentum - view from Tehran

On Friday elections take place that will shape the future of Iran for at least a decade. Hardliners and moderate candidates will vie for seats in

On Friday elections take place that will shape the future of Iran for at least a decade. Hardliners and moderate candidates will vie for seats in

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Iranian FM visit to Brussels heralds better ties with EU

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is in Brussels on a mission to broaden ties with Europe. He’s set to meet EU Parliament President Martin Schulz

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is in Brussels on a mission to broaden ties with Europe. He’s set to meet EU Parliament President Martin Schulz

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Iran to ease visa access except for US and UK

Iran is to issue visas for all foreign nationals upon their arrival at Iranian airports, except for those from Britain, the US and seven other

Iran is to issue visas for all foreign nationals upon their arrival at Iranian airports, except for those from Britain, the US and seven other

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Europe rolls out the red carpet for Iran's Rouhani

In this week’s Perspectives we look at reports on the first visit to Europe by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani after the lifting of international

In this week’s Perspectives we look at reports on the first visit to Europe by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani after the lifting of international

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Iran's President Rouhani seeks to revive business ties in Paris

“Iran is open for investment” that was the message the country’s President Hassan Rouhani brought with him as he met a warm welcome in Paris from

“Iran is open for investment” that was the message the country’s President Hassan Rouhani brought with him as he met a warm welcome in Paris from

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Rohani visits Europe: what's on the agenda

Iran’s president’s visit to Europe was scheduled for the 14 and 15 November 2015, but postponed as a result of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Over

Iran’s president’s visit to Europe was scheduled for the 14 and 15 November 2015, but postponed as a result of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Over

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Iran 1979-2016, sanctions not over yet

The international agreement over Iran’s nuclear programme, billed as ‘historic’, ended years of sanctions that challenged the Islamic Republic. Long

The international agreement over Iran’s nuclear programme, billed as ‘historic’, ended years of sanctions that challenged the Islamic Republic. Long

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Iranian VP Ebtekar hopeful of new beginning for Iran

The international agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme between Tehran, the European Union and the five permanent members of United Nations Security

The international agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme between Tehran, the European Union and the five permanent members of United Nations Security

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Does Ahmadinejad plan a shock return to frontline politics?

As Tehran’s political maneuverings begin in earnest ahead of February’s parliamentary elections. A group of ex-cabinet ministers and allies of former

As Tehran’s political maneuverings begin in earnest ahead of February’s parliamentary elections. A group of ex-cabinet ministers and allies of former

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Iranians celebrate a future with no sanctions after nuclear deal

Iranians have been celebrating since the news emerged from the talks in Vienna of the landmark deal with the West over its nuclear programme.. For

Iranians have been celebrating since the news emerged from the talks in Vienna of the landmark deal with the West over its nuclear programme.. For

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Russia says Iran nuclear deal is "within reach" in Vienna

Ahead of tonight’s deadline for talks in Vienna to reach an agreement on the Iran nuclear question, Russia says a deal is within reach. However, the

Ahead of tonight’s deadline for talks in Vienna to reach an agreement on the Iran nuclear question, Russia says a deal is within reach. However, the

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Iran begins trial of US journalist held for ten months

The trial of Jason Rezaian has begun — the Washington Post correspondent who has been detained in Iran for almost 10 months. The accusation against

The trial of Jason Rezaian has begun — the Washington Post correspondent who has been detained in Iran for almost 10 months. The accusation against

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A New Start for Iran

Article written by guest contributor, Dr. Mehrdad Khonsari As one of the leading critics of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) for the past three

Article written by guest contributor, Dr. Mehrdad Khonsari As one of the leading critics of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) for the past three