My report for Reuters: Long used to lucrative state contracts, Iran’s biggest construction company faces leaner times, as overseas firms better able to attract financing push for orders in an economy trying to open to the world after years of sanctions. The misfortunes of Khatam al Anbia Construction Headquarters (KAA) are an unwelcome novelty for

My piece for Reuters: Iran plans to turn itself into a major food exporter, hoping the lifting of sanctions will boost international trade and allow investment in the agricultural sector, an official in Iran’s state grain buying agency said. “We are ready for a big leap in the post-sanctions era. We hope by removing the

My report for Reuters: The family of an Iranian-British former BBC journalist who was detained last week in Tehran were told on Saturday that he was in the capital’s Evin prison, a friend told Reuters. Bahman Daroshafaei, 34, a translator and former BBC Persian service reporter, was detained on Wednesday at his home, according to

My reporting for Reuters: Tehran-based e-commerce firm Takhfifan found it impossible to attract foreign investment when it launched in 2011 but it took only two days for a potential foreign investor to get in touch after sanctions on Iran were lifted. “When I was launching my company I talked to several foreign investors but none

An Iranian poet detained on Friday on arrival back in Tehran has been released on bail after being informed she had been convicted and sentenced in absentia on charges related to her cultural activities, a relative told Reuters on Sunday. Hila Sedighi was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport as she returned from the United

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Hassan Khomeini’s prifile for Reuters:   A grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini is expected to seek election early next year to the body that chooses Iran‘s supreme leader and is said to have the cautious blessing of the incumbent, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Registration opens on Thursday for the election that is likely to see the first

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My report for Reuters:   A film on the life of Prophet Mohammad is expected to break box office records in Shi’ite Muslim Iran after its release on Thursday, but some Sunni Muslim clerics in the Arab world are demanding that Tehran ban it. The state-sponsored “Mohammad, Messenger of God”, directed by Oscar-nominated director Majid

my report for Reuters: Iranian pro-democracy activists, lawyers and artists have thrown their weight behind last month’s nuclear deal with world powers, hoping it will lead to a promised political opening that President Hassan Rouhani has so far failed to deliver. Dozens of prominent figures, many of whom have spent time in jail and faced

My article for Reuters  For a man with the title of Supreme Leader, Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been noticeably unwilling to claim the credit for a nuclear deal that marks a turning point in the history of the Islamic Republic. In the month since Iran reached an accord with world powers to limit its

My piece for Reuters It is hard to picture Iran‘s nuclear talks with world powers without the beaming face of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who, in reaching a deal, has shown the power of what Iranians call his ‘smile diplomacy’. The 55-year old career diplomat led Iran’s negotiating team in concluding a deal with world


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