The Iranian File

June 9, 2013

Iranian advisor to the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and hopeful conservative presidential candidate, Ali Akbar Velayati (Atta Kenare/ AFP)
11:35 GMT

Veteran diplomat Ali Akbar Velayati's candidacy has been endorsed by a leading clerical group

June 3, 2013

Iranian presidential candidates attend a live debate on state TV in Tehran on May 31 (Mehdi Dehghan/ AFP)
09:53 GMT

Iran says it has thwarted an alleged terror network backed by Israeli intelligence that was plotting to disrupt the upcoming presidential elections

June 2, 2013

Hassan Rowhani, a moderate Iranian presidential candidate and former top nuclear negotiator, waves as he arrives for to campaign at the Jamaran mosque in Tehran (Atta Kanare/ AFP)
13:34 GMT

The moderate candidate had criticized heightened security measures during a rally in which pictures of the detained opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi were displayed

May 27, 2013

Iranian newspapers show their support of Rafsanjani, before his disqualification by the GC. AFP Photo
04:00 GMT

The recent banning of two key presidential candidates in the Iranian elections have made the path to power easier for conservatives running in the election easier, observers say.

May 26, 2013

Supporters hold portraits of Iranian presidential candidate and lead nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili during a campaign rally in Tehran on May 24 (Atta Kenare / AFP)
10:49 GMT

The French Foreign Ministry criticized the vetting process for the upcoming presidential elections

May 23, 2013

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani registering as a candidate for the 2013 Iranian presidential elections(AFP)
14:01 GMT

Former President criticised the Iranian establishment just days after he was disqualified from running in June's presidential elections

May 22, 2013

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad poses with close aide Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie after registering as a candidate in the presidential elections (AFP)
09:51 GMT

Ahmadinejad's close aide Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie was barred from running in the Iranian presidential election on Tuesday but the President said he'll take up the matter with the Supreme Leader

A selection of Iranian newspapers showing the buzz around the former president Rafsanjani. AFP Photo
08:22 GMT

The US have called the criteria that has disqualified former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani , aged 78, and an aide to current president Ahmadinejad from running in the June 14 Iranian elections, "too vague"

May 21, 2013

Rafsanjani, who is seen by many as too old to run Iran yet again. AFP Photo
04:00 GMT

Iran's Guardian Council has come forward to say those who are physically weak and only able to work "a few hours a day" will be rejected from the upcoming elections, which may affect the Rafsanjani, Iran's former president, who is aged 78.

May 19, 2013

A fuzzy picture shows Mohammad Heidari, one of the men accused of spying for Western intelligence agencies. He was hanged at dawn on Sunday. Picture courtesy of
10:32 GMT

Two Iranian men accused of passing security information to the CIA and Mossad were hanged at dawn on Sunday after the Tehran Revolutionary Court and the Supreme Court gave the go-ahead.

Iran's internet is being stifled in the lead up to the national elections. This is the screen that appears when Iranian internet users try to visit websites blocked by the government. AFP Photo
09:02 GMT

As the Iranian presidential elections draw nearer, the government is closely monitoring and censoring the internet, even denying citizens to effectively check their emails.

May 15, 2013

Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (C) arrives with his daughter Fatemeh (C-R) to register his candidacy for the upcoming presidential election at the interior ministry in Tehran on May 11, 2013. (AFP)
11:13 GMT

Hard-line Iranian lawmakers are gunning for two contenders in next month's elections, a moderate former President and a the incumbent's protege

May 12, 2013

Iranian presidential elections are due to take place on June 14 (AFP photo)
10:35 GMT

686 individuals have signed up for the presidential race in Iran: they will now be vetted by the leadership

May 7, 2013

Incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is unable to stand in the upcoming election (Kenzo Tribouillard /AFP
10:31 GMT

Candidates have until Saturday to register for the elections that will be held next month

April 14, 2013

A man squats outside his destroyed home in Shonbeh, after the Bushehr earthquake (AFP)
10:59 GMT

Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE meet on Sunday in Riyadh to discuss contingency plans for potential radiation leaks from the Bushehr nuclear plant