Middle East

Huge crowds gather for Rafsanjani's funeral

Iranians pour out on the streets as Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who served as president from 1989 to 1997, to be buried.


Rafsanjani: The death of Iran's kingmaker

The absence of Rafsanjani's moderating and mediating role will be hugely felt in Iran's political scene.

Middle East

US navy: 'Warning shots' fired at Iranian patrol boats

Defence officials accuse Islamic Revolutionary Guards boats of opening fire on destroyer USS Mahan in Strait of Hormuz.


Iran's former president Rafsanjani dies at 82

Ex-Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani dies in hospital after suffering a heart attack, state media reports.


Iranian soldier lauded after risking life to save dog

The story of Mohammad Bakhtar, who lost a leg while rescuing a stray dog trapped in a minefield, has gone viral in Iran.

Syria's Civil War

Turkey accuses Syria government of truce violations

Turkish foreign minister warns planned peace talks in Kazakhstan could fail if violations do not end.


2016: The year the ghost of Mosaddegh returned

A vast segment of Americans are legitimately concerned that Trump may upend their democratic institutions.

by Hamid Dabashi

Battle for Aleppo

No peace in sight in Syria

Despite the fall of Aleppo and the Russian-Turkish-Iranian diplomatic drive, the Syrian war is not about to end soon.

by Galip Dalay

Battle for Aleppo

Aleppans to Idlib: Out of the frying pan into the fire

The evacuation of Aleppo residents will inevitably lead to a long-term displacement in temporary shelters.

by Sultan Barakat
- Sansom Milton


Iran's supreme leader blasts UK as source of 'evil'

Comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei come after Prime Minister Theresa May called Tehran a "threat" to the Middle East.


What will Trump do with the Iran nuclear deal?

Despite all the hostile posturing, it is unlikely that Trump's administration will rip up the Iran deal.

by Rupert Stone


Iran VP: Syria war images 'bother me'

Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar on her country's support for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.


Why is Iran backing Syria's Bashar al-Assad?

We speak to Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar; and Slavoj Zizek defends his stance on refugees in Europe.


Web extra: Iran 'serious' about fighting climate change

Iran's Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar discusses her country’s latest environmental policies.

Inside Story

Will OPEC's deal to cut production work?

OPEC member nations agreed to cut oil output at a meeting in Vienna, which could mean lower supplies and higher prices.