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Why turnout is the metric to watch in Iran’s presidential election

Tehran is concerned that Iranians would rather watch their football team play than a political contest, in which the field has been tilted in favour of Khamenei’s favoured candidate.
File photo of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani | Photo: Tiffany Hagler-Geard | Bloomberg

Iran’s Rouhani says world powers accept sanctions should end; crude oil prices drop

Hassan Rouhani said the 'main agreement has been made' in Vienna, where Iran & the US have engaged in indirect talks to restore 2015 nuclear deal.
A view of the old city of Sana'a

How the US is getting a reality check in Yemen with its Iran-backed rebels

Iran’s cooperation is imperative for 2 of Biden’s key objectives in Middle East — the resumption of nuclear diplomacy and the end of the war in Yemen — and the Iranians know it.
File photo of Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman | Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Why Saudi Arabia is reaching out to Iran

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said he seeks 'to have good relations' with Iran. Three years ago, Salman had said Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei 'makes Hitler look good.'
A file photo of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. | Photo: ANI

US withdrawal from Afghanistan welcome, foreign forces can’t bring peace in this region: Iran

Iran FM says the US announcement on withdrawal is a positive move and it has to be taken in light of the realities of the region.
A worker walks inside of a uranium conversion facility outside Isfahan | Getty Image via Bloomberg

Why attack on Iranian nuclear facility should set off alarms in the US

Biden administration is keen to deprioritise Middle East in US foreign policy, but escalating Iran-Israel confrontation will demand more US attention, not less.

Iran calls blackout at its Natanz nuclear facility act of ‘nuclear terrorism’

While there was no immediate claim of responsibility, suspicion fell on Israel, where its media reported a devastating cyberattack orchestrated by the country caused the blackout.

China signs 25-year deal with Iran, poses a challenge to Biden’s administration

Iran’s closer integration with China may help shore up its economy against the impact of US penalties, while sending a clear signal to the Biden administration of Tehran’s intentions.
A medical worker administers a dose of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine at the Imam Khomeini hospital in Tehran, Iran, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. | Photographer: Ali Mohammadi | Bloomberg

Iran’s human trials for vaccine, prisoners at greater risk & other global Covid-19 news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.

Why US strikes against Iran sent the right message

What should be clear, both from the Iranian attacks on US bases and this 'modest response', is that the path ahead for the US with Iran will be complex and fraught.

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India’s condom market must look beyond flavours and textures. World’s innovating

Despite free and subsidised condoms, the overall condom usage remains low in India at 5.6 per cent, according to National Family Health Survey.
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Covid essentials get GST relief, but rift between Modi govt & Congress-ruled states persists

Punjab FM termed exclusion of Congress-ruled states from GoM that decided GST rate cuts on Covid goods as 'preposterous'. Sitharaman said groups not constituted on political affiliations.

Defence

The Ministry of Defence at South Block in New Delhi | Commons

Under new policy, India could declassify military operations within 25 years unlike earlier

The new policy, formulated Saturday, mandates constitution of a committee headed by defence ministry's joint secretary and comprising representatives of Services among others.

China’s Wuhan story unravels as world’s finest, including from India, nail Covid lab-leak proof

The global hunt for where the virus behind pandemic came from shows science, democracy and a sense of inquiry can overcome politics, ideology and omerta codes.