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Former judge Ebrahim Raisi was the leading rival to the incumbent President Hassan Rouhani in the 2017 election, and long the topic of media speculation for this year's race.

Iran has enriched uranium to slightly higher purity than previously thought due to 'fluctuations' in the process, the United Nations' atomic watchdog says.

The Iraq Report: Anti-Iran protests over Karbala killing

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The Iraq Report: Anti-Iran protests over Karbala killing

Anti-Iran protests are mounting in a 'prelude to a summer of discontent and violence,' as Iraq is the staging ground for direct talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Ahmadinejad will run in presidential race: Iran state TV

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Ahmadinejad will run in presidential race: Iran state TV

Iran opened registration on Tuesday, kicking off the race as uncertainty looms over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world ...

Who are the main candidates in Iran's presidential elections?

The New Arab Staff

Who are the main candidates in Iran's presidential elections?

With the registration process for Iran’s election set to last five days, The New Arab provides a brief run-through of names to keep an eye on.

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Iran says warned US navy over 'unprofessional behaviour'

The US had earlier said the warning shots were fired after more than a dozen Iranian fast attack boats buzzed close to a US Navy submarine.

Eva Thiebaud

How Abu Dhabi uses its influence in the US

Comment: Long before the 'Abraham Accords', Abu Dhabi was investing in the US and developing an intensive lobbying strategy in Washington. Eva ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iran says may extend UN access on nuclear activities

An agreement reached with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is due to expire soon, but Iran could extend it.

Thomas O. Falk

How the ‘Zarifgate tapes' exposed Iran’s bitter power struggle

In-depth: Leaked tapes of Foreign Minister Javad Zarif touched on the Revolutionary Guard and Qasem Soleimani, revealing deep political rifts.

Talks 'intensify' on US return to Iran <em>nuclear</em> <em>deal</em>

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Talks 'intensify' on US return to Iran nuclear deal

After world powers held a fourth round of talks aimed at bringing Washington back to the 2015 deal, Russia delegate Mikhail Ulyanov ...

The New Arab Staff

US not opposed to UK repaying Iran debt: Blinken

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said a payment to Iran would not violate US sanctions.

'Possible' to revive <em>nuclear</em> <em>deal</em> before Iran vote: US

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

'Possible' to revive nuclear deal before Iran vote: US

Reviving the historic nuclear deal could be within reach ahead of the Iran elections, a Washington official said on Thursday.

Saudi walks diplomatic high wire on Iran, Yemen

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi walks diplomatic high wire on Iran, Yemen

Secret talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran are aiming to end years of hostilities, and bring the brutal war in Yemen to a peaceful conclusion.

Lebanon sends hazardous material to Germany for destruction

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Lebanon sends hazardous material to Germany for destruction

Following last year’s massive blast, the Combi Lift company has removed hazardous materials from the port of Beirut and is taking them to ...

Saudi-Iran discussions occurred ‘more than once’ in Iraq

The New Arab Staff

Saudi-Iran discussions occurred ‘more than once’ in Iraq

Recent discussions between Saudi Arabia and Iran were not the first instance of talks between the two countries in Iraq, Iraqi President Barham ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Biden centres Israel normalisation in first call with MbZ

Normalisation, Iran and the Tigray conflict were on the agenda in Joe Biden and Mohammed bin Zayed's call on Tuesday.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Rocket attack targets US in Iraq: army

The attacks come as Iraq's prime minister discusses a possible timeline for the withdrawal of US troops with diplomat Brett McGurk.

The New Arab Staff

Iran nuclear talks in Vienna 'not collapsing': Russian ambassador

A Russian ambassador has pushed back against claims the talks in Vienna are collapsing, and instead said that good progress is being made.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US, UK reject reports of prisoner deal with Iran

In a meeting ahead of the 47th G7 summit, Washington and London's top diplomats denied prospects of a breakthrough in a prisoner swap ...

Two rockets target Baghdad airport base housing US troops

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Two rockets target Baghdad airport base housing US troops

Two rockets targeted an airbase at Iraq's Baghdad airport housing US-led coalition troops on Sunday, in the second such attack in 10 days, the ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Khamenei says remarks by Zarif in audio leak 'mistake'

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Sunday slammed as a 'big mistake' remarks by his foreign minister.

Iran FM asks Soleimani family for 'forgiveness' after leak

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Iran FM asks Soleimani family for 'forgiveness' after leak

Iran's foreign minister on Sunday asked the family of Qasem Soleimani for 'forgiveness' following his leaked comments.

Hopes for Iran <em>nuclear</em> breakthrough 'within weeks'

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Hopes for Iran nuclear breakthrough 'within weeks'

Representatives of the parties still in the Iran agreement noted "indisputable progress" in talks to revive the historic accord after adjourning ...

Iran, US <em>nuclear</em> talks to resume in Vienna

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iran, US nuclear talks to resume in Vienna

The Vienna talks aim to achieve a concrete result 'by the end of May', according to diplomats.

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