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Just before 9am, the interior ministry said Rouhani was ahead, with 14 million votes to Ebrahim Raisis 10 million, with over half of votes counted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani looks set to claim re-election with a landslide victory, in a ringing endorsement of his efforts to re-engage with the West and offer greater freedoms at […]

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The choice of a new president is being seen as one of the most important in recent years and will determine Tehrans future engagement Irans presidential elections: everything you need to know Iranians headed to the polls on Friday to vote in a bitterly contested presidential election that is expected to set their countrys direction […]

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Iranians will go to the polls on Friday with the economy, diplomacy and inequality on their minds. They may also be laying the groundwork for who succeeds Ayatollah Khamenei as supreme leader As Tehrans notorious traffic slowed, the waiting campaigners pounced, pushing posters with the smiling face of Irans president, Hassan Rouhani, through the open […]

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Moderate hits out at conservative challengers Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf and Ebrahim Raisi as well as Revolutionary Guard The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, has taken a combative tone in campaigning as conservative rivals pull out all the stops to prevent him from being re-elected. The favourite among reformists of the six candidates running for president on […]

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Secretary of state talks tough to launch a review of the 2015 agreement that Trump called the worst ever The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has accused Iran of alarming ongoing provocations to destabilise countries in the Middle East as the Trump administration launched a review of its policy towards Tehran. Tillerson said the […]

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Protest vote against Donald Trumps travel ban suspected to be partly behind Iranian director Asghar Farhadis surprise victory Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has won the best foreign language Oscar in Los Angeles, for a second time, for domestic drama The Salesman. Farhadi, 44, did not attend the ceremony because he said that the conditions that […]

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PM issues statement after causing outcry by declining to speak out against executive order that could affect British dual nationals Theresa May has issued a late-night statement saying she does not agree with Donald Trumps ban on refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the US, after coming under intense political pressure to condemn […]

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Academy speaks out against possible exclusion of Asghar Farhadi, an Iranian director nominated for best foreign language film The organiser of the Oscars has said it is extremely troubling that the makers of an ban nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US has thrown into doubt whether the Iranian cast and crew can […]

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It had been hoped that negotiations being prepared by Moscow would follow the ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey Syrian rebel groups announced on Monday that they had decided to freeze any talks about their possible participation in Syrian peace negotiations being prepared by Moscow in Kazakhstan unless the Syrian government and its Iran-backed allies […]

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