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The Iranian authorities must listen to popular demands warned Khatami after economic protests rocked the country.

The agreement calls for parliament to pass a law by the end of July allowing 1,000 family members per month to come to Germany.

Iran bans English lessons at primary schools

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Iran bans English lessons at primary schools

Iran's culture ministry has warned of the 'cultural threat' posed by Western powers, leading authorities to ban English language lessons in all primary schools.

Trump gets defensive over doubts about his mental state

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Trump gets defensive over doubts about his mental state

Trump's response to the allegations in Wolff's bombshell book has Washington focusing anew on the question of the US leader' stability and ...

The spark that triggered Iran's Revolution 40 years ago The spark that triggered Iran's Revolution 40 years ago

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The spark that triggered Iran's Revolution 40 years ago

Forty years on, Iranians look back on the moment that sparked Iran's historic 1979 revolution.

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US, Russia clash over Iran at UN Security Council

Countries were divided in the UN Security meeting over Iran, as the US warned that the Iranian protests could escalate into a Syria scenario.

Mitra Keyvan

Iran protests lack clear goals and leadership

Comment: Unless protesters can form a rallying cry around a clear goal, their influence will be limited, writes Mitra Keyvan.

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Third day of anti-government protests hits Iran

Thousands of Iranians took to the streets in anti-government rallies on Friday, in what is thought to be the biggest show of public defiance ...

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Iran mobilises supporters for pro-government rallies

Iran's pre-planned rallies came just days after anti-government protests, which have spread across the country.

Saudi Arabia shuts down resort over 'wild' mixed-gender concert

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Saudi Arabia shuts down resort over 'wild' mixed-gender concert

Saudi authorities have ordered the closure of a beach resort and temporarily halted cultural events following criticism of a controversial ...

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Egypt mob ransacks unlicensed church south of Cairo

Hundreds of Egyptians ransacked an unlicensed church south of Cairo and called for it to be demolished, in the latest assault on members of the ...

Why the Israel lobby fears it's losing Labour

Hilary Aked

Why the Israel lobby fears it's losing Labour

Comment: The consolidation of a left-wing, pro-Palestinian leader's power, has been bad news for Israel's supporters in Labour, writes Hilary ...

Suicide of Egyptian mother with HIV highlights health crisis

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Suicide of Egyptian mother with HIV highlights health crisis

The tragic death of a young mother with HIV brings to light the woefully inadequate response and crushing societal stigma of the alarming ...

An interview with Pankaj Mishra

Emran Feroz

An interview with Pankaj Mishra

Interview: None of the violence or dysfunction we are currently witnessing around the world is new and can be repeatedly found in history, ...

Saudi Arabia: A flourishing film scene but no cinemas

Noor el-Terk and Paul McLoughlin

Saudi Arabia: A flourishing film scene but no cinemas

Saudi filmmakers have fought legal restrictions and taboos surrounding cinema to produce some of the most exciting movies in the region. None, ...

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Saudi King 'fires official over fashion show in Riyadh'

The Saudi King has fired a senior official after he attended a fashion show, which prompted a backlash online.

James M. Dorsey

Saudi Arabia: Targeting scholars from Malaysia to Tunisia

Comment: Saudi Arabia's decision to ban the Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars has sparked political controversy in Malaysia, ...

Yousef Khalil

New Atheists and New Optimists, but still Eurocentrics

Comment: Both the New Atheist and New Optimist schools of thought serve as a thin veneer for a highly unjust distribution of power and wealth, ...

Emran Feroz

Austria's move to the right appears unstoppable

In-depth: The return of neo-Nazi parties to the centre stage in Hitler's birthplace should be no surprise, writes Emran Feroz.

Iran says CIA spreading 'fake news' about al-Qaeda links

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Iran says CIA spreading 'fake news' about al-Qaeda links

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif dismisses claims that Iran conspired with al-Qaeda following release of newly declassified CIA files.

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Stadiums open to Saudi women for first time

The ultra-conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced plans to open sports stadium to women for the first time, in the latest reform push.

Lessons from the 'female modesty' obsession

Amal Awad

Lessons from the 'female modesty' obsession

Comment: To help women change the currency of their relationships to men, we must teach them who they can be, without framing it in relation to ...

BDS' fight against worldwide state repression

Malia Bouattia

BDS' fight against worldwide state repression

Comment: The Israel-boycott movement is gaining strength, and attempts to close down events have only inspired activists to carry on the fight, ...

German minister sparks uproar with Muslim holiday proposal

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German minister sparks uproar with Muslim holiday proposal

Conservatives in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition have been in an uproar after one of her key allies floated the idea of a ...

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