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my reporting for Reuters: President Hassan Rouhani’s trip to the coal mine in northern Iran was all going to plan, until the crowd massed in front of his car chanting “it’s a day of mourning for workers”. Seconds later, shaky footage of Sunday’s protest showed a man jumping onto the bonnet and stamping hard on

At the height of the Second World War, Iran played host to the leaders of the world’s great powers. Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin came to Tehran to draw up a strategy they hoped would finally end the war.  And to agree some of the terms of a post-war settlement for peace. The host country had

My return to the Valley of Death is the personal story of Merwais Miakhail, who fled the Taliban as a teenager and now lives in London. Fifteen years on, he returns to his hometown in the dangerous tribal areas on the Afghan border. The film follows Miakhail’s one-month journey back to meet relatives and his Pashtun tribe, and see

Produced by the BBC Persian Service, Ahmadinejad, the Populist and the Pariah looks at the rise of Ahmadinejad and explains how this provincial politician with a PhD in traffic management became a personality to be reckoned with. Since his election in 2005, Iran’s President Ahmadinejad has become the most well-known Iranian since the founder of

In the BBC’s Dateline London, I tried to explain why the US plan to strike Syria is mainly about stopping Iran – as CIA support for Saddam Hussein to use chemical weapon in 1988 was to stop Iran as well. The British parliament rejects the idea of intervening militarily in Syria. Does this require soul-searching

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