Iran

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Irans president under pressure to appoint female ministers

Concerns raised that Hassan Rouhani may unveil all-male list of ministers in cabinet reshuffle as he prepares for second term Irans president, who is mulling a cabinet reshuffle before his swearing-in ceremony on Sunday, is under pressure to appoint female ministers. Hassan Rouhanis Rouhanis landslide victory in May. Officials have declared Sunday a bank holiday

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UAE ambassador threatens further sanctions against Qatar

Omar Ghobash, ambassador to Russia, has said Gulf states imposing demands on Qatar are willing to be subjected to same monitoring regime themselves The Gulf states demanding that Qatar ends its independent-minded foreign policy and alleged support for extremism have warned they are considering further economic pressure on the tiny country, such as reducing commercial

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Iran nuclear chief warns US over support for Saudi Arabia

Ali Akbar Salehi, who helped negotiate 2015 deal, says US risks upsetting balance of power in Middle East The head of Irans atomic energy organisation, one of the architects of Writing in the Guardian, Ali Akbar Salehi said lavish arms purchases by regional actors a reference to the Saudi purchase of $100bn of US arms

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Rift between Iran's ayatollah and re-elected president widens

Hassan Rouhani questions political legitimacy of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after supreme leader embarrassed president at high-profile meeting Tensions are mounting between Irans supreme leader and the countrys president after the latters landslide victory in last months election. video circulating online of that moment shows the audience bursting into laughter while Rouhani smiles uncomfortably. Khamenei continued:

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Iran arrests seven people over Tehran attacks

Islamic State claimed responsibility for suicide bombings and gun attacks in Tehran that killed 17 people Iranian authorities have arrested seven people suspected of helping militants involved in this weeks attacks in the capital Tehran, according to a judiciary official. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the