Reporter's Notebook

Iran: Football World Cup, female fans and Saudi Arabia

Iran has managed to qualify for the World Cup, a win in itself for many, but political rivalries are obvious when fans watch the matches.

Iran

FIFA World cup 2018: Iran and Morocco to face off

Through all the sanctions and restrictions in Iran, fans of the sport, male and female, still find ways to continue playing football.

Middle East

Groups demand release of Iranian human rights lawyer

Prominent lawyer recently represented several women arrested for protesting against mandatory wearing of headscarves.

Rights groups demand release of Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

Middle East

The impact of sanctions on ordinary Iranians

With the value of its currency falling against the dollar, Iranians are growing worried for the future of their economy amid rising unemployment and threat of renewed sanctions.

Politics

Iranians react to Singapore summit

Iranians watched as the world turned its attention away from Iran's imagined nuclear weapons to North Korea's real ones.

Middle East

Iran on Trump-Kim summit: 'North Korea should act with caution'

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has stressed that 'the nature of the US government is not such that one can be optimistic about it'.

Asia Pacific

Iran, Russia vow to uphold nuclear deal at China summit

At the eight-nation SCO summit in Qingdao, Russia and Kazakhstan have pledged their support for the Iran nuclear deal as the organisation expands its mission to meet new challenges.

Syria's War

What's next for Syria?

International actors, intra-rebel violence and tribal affiliations complicate prospects for peace in Syria.

What's next for Syria?

The Listening Post

Producing nostalgia: Iranian diaspora TV's rebranding of the Shah

Iran's diaspora media showcase the achievements of the Pahlavi monarchy while skirting around oppression and censorship.

Hassan Rouhani

Rouhani criticises US for 'imposing US policies on rest of world'

Iranian president says US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal poses potential threat to the world.

Rouhani criticises US for 'imposing US policies on rest of world'

The Listening Post

Playing dead: Arkady Babchenko and post-truth conflict

The Russian journalist faked death - causing problems for the media. Plus, the Iranian diaspora reviving Shah nostalgia.

Middle East

Declining levels in Iraq's Tigris raise fear of water crisis

Iraqis blame their government over water shortages, and Turkey decides to delay filling upstream Ilisu Dam.

Declining levels in Iraq's Tigris raise fear of water crisis

Politics

Iran makes hard turn East as fate of nuclear deal dims

On Friday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani heads to China for an economic and security summit in the city of Qingdao.

Iran makes hard turn East as fate of nuclear deal dims

Iran

EU takes step to protect Iran nuclear deal

Updated EU legislation seeks to shield EU companies that continue doing business with Iran from financial harm.

EU takes step to protect Iran nuclear deal

Middle East

Russia, Iran jostle for influence in Syria

Tensions between Damascus' allies are increasing as Moscow plans to expand troop presence in Syria war.