article 11 September 2015 World, Qatar
Syrian refugees (Reuters)
Syria: should countries outside Europe be doing more?

Pressure is growing on countries outside Europe - particularly the Gulf states - to take in more refugees from the Syrian civil war. What are the facts?

article 23 August 2015 World, Iran
British embassy in Iran reopens

The British embassy in Iran has reopened four years after it was stormed by protesters in 2011. It comes as Briton held hostage in Yemen is freed by UAE forces.

article 21 July 2015 World, Iran
Iran nuclear deal: Khamenei speech 'troubles' Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said a speech by Iran's supreme leader, who vowed to defy US policies despite a recent nuclear deal, was "very disturbing".

post 14 July 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Today's Iran deal is a triumph for international diplomacy

The most astonishing aspect of today's deal on Iran's nuclear capability is that neither side is negotiating the terms of its defeat.

article 14 July 2015 World, Iran
US President Barack Obama and Iran's President Rouhani
Obama and Rouhani hail Vienna nuclear deal on Iran

President Barack Obama calls today's Iran nuclear agreement a "comprehensive deal", while President Rouhani says a "new chapter" has begun in his country's relations with the world.

article 13 July 2015 World, China
Participants at the talks on Iran's nuclear programme in Vienna (Reuters)
Iran nuclear talks: how the anticipated deal shapes up

After 12 years of talks, it seems Iran has agreed to scale back its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of UN sanctions that have crippled the country's economy.

post 13 July 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Why an Iran nuclear deal could have unintended consequences

A deal on Iran's nuclear programme would be a historic event - but it could come at the expense of angering some of the US's staunchest allies.

post 22 May 2015
Read more from Jonathan Rugman his blog With Syria and Iraq, there is no Plan B - and the omens are not good

It has been a bad week for the American-led "strategy" against militants from so-called Islamic State - a strategy with the US president himself views with great qualms and some reluctance.

article 09 April 2015 World, Iran
Kerry warns Iran over involvement in Yemen conflict

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he is "not going to step away from our alliances" in the Middle East, and was well aware of the support Iran was providing to Houthi rebels in Yemen.

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