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Here’s what you should know about Iran’s re-elected President Hassan Rouhani

Here’s what you should know about Iran’s re-elected President Hassan Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani won a second term on Saturday, four years after first taking office on the back of a pledge to reduce the country’s international isolation. His resounding victory came after a hard-fought election campaign where he promised to increase Iran’s engagement with the world and improve civil rights domestically. Rouhani was born […]

Iran’s Hassan Rouhani wins second term as president

Iran’s Hassan Rouhani wins second term as president

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has been re-elected with an emphatic victory, official results show. Out of more than 40 million votes cast, he received 57%, defeating his main rival, a conservative cleric. Mr Rouhani, a moderate who agreed a deal with world powers to limit Iran’s nuclear programme, pledged to “remain true” to his promises. […]

UN calls on Iran to stop executing children

UN calls on Iran to stop executing children

The UN called on Iran yesterday to “immediately” cancel death sentences against minors and children, and called on Tehran to abide by its obligations under international human rights law, officials from the UN High Commission for Human Rights said. At the same time, the UN demanded that Iran immediately halt the carrying out of death […]

More than 600 candidates apply to run for Iran presidential elections

More than 600 candidates apply to run for Iran presidential elections

More than 600 candidates have applied to stand in the forthcoming presidential elections  Iranian media reported. At least 638 have registered at the Ministry of Interior in Tehran in the first three days of the process through Thursday. Registration closes on Saturday. With no requirements for age or scientific qualification, the Ministry’s surroundings looked like a […]

The Islamic State releases video threatening Iran for tolerating Jews

The Islamic State releases video threatening Iran for tolerating Jews

Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, stand under an Islamic State (IS) group banner in the recently recaptured town of Al-Karamah, 26 kms from the IS bastion of Raqa, as they advance to encircle the jihadists The Islamic State group threatened Iran for […]

World war 3 is coming…

World war 3 is coming…

The prospect of a global conflict – World War III if you like – appears somewhat unthinkable. Since the Second World War, there has been no major war between the great powers. The original post-war European project was based around peace, social justice and harmony. The unravelling of this project, accompanied by rising nationalism, is […]

Iran warns Arab states not to normalise relations with Israel

Iran warns Arab states not to normalise relations with Israel

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Arab countries yesterday not to be enticed by Israeli attempts to find allies in the Arab world. “The occupying regime, in an attempt to normalise its situation, has for the first time referred to certain Arab countries as its allies against the resistance front instead of describing them as its […]

Iran summons Turkish ambassador and hits back at Ankara, after officials blame Tehran of destabilising the Middle East

Iran summons Turkish ambassador and hits back at Ankara, after officials blame Tehran of destabilising the Middle East

Diplomatic tensions have escalated between Turkey and Iran as the two countries traded accusations over their roles in the Syria conflict and the Middle East. Iran summoned the Turkish ambassador in Tehran on Monday over comments made by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and President Tayyip Erdogan, accusing the Islamic Republic of destabilising the region. […]

Iran has sudden policy change towards Saudi Arabia

Iran has sudden policy change towards Saudi Arabia

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has asked Oman’s Sultan Qaboos Bin Said to mediate for direct and “unconditional” dialogue with Saudi Arabia and the other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Anadolu reported on Friday. This sudden policy change was initiated when Rouhani handed over a message to Qaboos during his visit to Muscat on Wednesday. […]

Saudi Arabia, Israel present a united front against Iran

Saudi Arabia, Israel present a united front against Iran

Saudi Arabia and Israel both called on Sunday for a new push against Iran, signalling a growing alignment in their interests, while US lawmakers promised to seek new sanctions on the Shia Muslim power. While Saudi Arabia remains historically at odds with Israel, their ministers demanded at the Munich Security Conference that Tehran be punished […]

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