Middle East

Saudi Arabia and UAE warm up to Iran: reports

Iraqi PM asked to lead Saudi mediation with Iran, which has welcomed the initiative, according to Iraqi TV station.

Middle East

Iran boosts budget for missiles, Revolutionary Guards

Citing recent US sanctions and 'adventurism', Tehran plans to bolster its ballistic missile system as tensions rise.

Iran boosts budget for missiles, Revolutionary Guards

Inside Story

Can Iraq's Kurdish region gain independence?

Iraq's Kurds say they are going ahead with plans to hold a referendum on independence in September.

Kurds

Tensions build along Iraq-Iran border

The separatist Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran is aiming to consolidate its control over the area.

Tensions build along Iraq-Iran border

Middle East

Iran arrests dozens of 'ISIL suspects plotting attacks'

Tehran says 27 suspects tried to smuggle weapons and ammunition hidden inside home appliances for planned attacks.

Iran arrests dozens of 'ISIL suspects plotting attacks'

Middle East

Iran's Rouhani backs talks as he begins new term

Rouhani vows 'unified' response to any breaches of the 2015 nuclear deal in the face of new sanctions imposed by US.

At inauguration Hassan Rouhani urges more talks

Middle East

Rouhani: 'Iran will never accept isolation'

President says nuclear deal is a sign of Tehran's goodwill as he is sworn in a day after US imposed fresh sanctions.

US & Canada

Donald Trump signs 'flawed' Russia sanctions bill

US president grudgingly approves new sanctions in a move Russia says amounts to a full-scale trade war.

Donald Trump signs 'flawed' Russia sanctions bill

Middle East

Iran's missile programme to continue 'with full power'

Tehran remains defiant as it seeks 'an appropriate reaction' to US sanctions against Iran's ballistic missile tests.

Iran's missile programme to continue 'with full power'

Middle East

Iran, US trade blame over naval incident

US fires warning flares at 'unresponsive' Iranian vessels in an incident that Iran says was unprovoked.

Iran, US trade blame over naval incident

US & Canada

US hits Iran with fresh sanctions over space launch

US accuses Iran of violating UN convention after launching a satellite-carrying rocket into space on Thursday.

US hits Iran with fresh sanctions over space launch

Opinion

The energy factor in the GCC crisis

Gas production from the world's largest gas field takes centre stage in Qatar-Iran relations and the GCC crisis.

Susan Kurdli

by Susan Kurdli

Susan Kurdli

United States

US House approves new Russia, Iran, N Korea sanctions

Russian deputy foreign minister warns of worsening ties as Iran decries 'clear hostile act' in face of new measures.

US House approves Russia, Iran, North Korea sanctions

United States

US navy fires warning shots near Iranian ship

US patrol ship fires shots in front of Iranian vessel in the Gulf after it came too close, say US officials.

US navy fires warning shots near Iranian ship

Opinion

From Khayyam to Mirzakhani: Iran's beautiful minds

Both Omar Khayyam and Maryam Mizrakhani complicate the vision of their common homeland, Iran, in Western imagination.

Hamid Dabashi

by Hamid Dabashi

Hamid Dabashi