Inside Story

Will Turkish and Syrian armies fight in Afrin?

Tensions escalate amid reports the Syrian military is deploying forces to fight the Turks alongside the Kurdish YPG.


India seeks a fine balance as it inches closer to Iran

Tehran and New Delhi sign nine pacts, including lease of Chabahar Port to Indian company, during Rouhani's India trip.

Iran and India sign deal to deepen relations

Middle East

Iran denies 'hegemon' plans, denounces Saudi and Israel

Saudi Arabia urges 'fundamental change in Iranian regime' as Tehran's foreign minister calls foes 'US client states'.

Middle East

Netanyahu warns Iran over drone

A tense exchange unfolded at a major security conference in Munich on Sunday, when Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once again scolded Iran, which he described as the largest threat to Middle East security.


'Greatest threat to the world': Netanyahu attacks Iran

War of words escalates as Israeli PM says Iran advocates 'master faith' like Nazi Germany used to advocate master race.

Netanyahu: Iran is the greatest threat to the world


Iran plane crash kills all 65 people on board

Twin-engine turboprop operated by Iran Aseman Airlines goes down near Semirom town while en route from Tehran to Yasuj.


Flash-flooding in Baghdad, basking in the sun in Riyadh

Another winter storm is set to bring extreme conditions to the Levant and neighbours.

Flash-flooding in Baghdad, basking in the sun in Riyadh


What happened to the revolution in Bahrain?

We ask Bahraini activist Maryam al-Khawaja if there has been any progress in Bahrain seven years after the uprising.

What happened to the revolution in Bahrain?


Iran rattled by currency devaluation against US dollar

Central bank announces new monetary measures to halt drop of rial, as authorities crack down on black-market exchange.

Hassan Rouhani

Rouhani calls for investigation into prison deaths

Human rights activists in Iran have reported that at least six detainees have died in prisons over the past two months.

Rouhani calls for investigation into prison deaths

Middle East

Iran arrests currency traders as rial plummets

Police in Iran have arrested dozens of unlicensed money traders, as concerns grow over the currency's downward spiral against the dollar.

Syria's Civil War

Regional powers braced for showdown in Syria

Tit-for-tat exchanges between Israel and Iran-backed Syria confront Russia with challenge of keeping a lid on tensions.

Israel squares off for showdown with Iran in Syria


Iranian academic's death raises troubling questions

Rights groups call for independent probe on the circumstances behind the death of Kavous Seyed Emami while in detention.

Is Kavous Emami's suicide in Iran 'a cover-up'?


Untying the knot of the Israeli attack on Syria

This latest turmoil reminded Israel it has no allies in Syria nor control over developments.

Joe Macaron

by Joe Macaron

Joe Macaron

Middle East

Iran marks 39th anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Iranians are celebrating 39 years since the revolution that overthrew Iran's monarchy and gave way to the country's Islamic system of government.