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


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