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Three Dead After Sydney Siege, Including Gunman

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK

Update: Sydney siege mourners are laying boxes of Lindt chocolates at the site New South Wales Police has confirmed three people have been pronounc...

Sydney Hostage Taker Was Investigated Over Violent Death Of Ex-Wife

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot and Jack Sommers | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK

The hostage-taker currently holding several people in a chocolate cafe in Sydney has been named locally as self-proclaimed sheikh and alleged sex offe...

US Politician Wants To 'Bomb Iran' For Christmas

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Politics

NEW YORK -- Michele Bachmann, perhaps the least hinged Republican serving in a Congress in which sanity passes as voting to repeal a healthcare law 33...

When the Pope Met the Grand Ayatollah, History Was Made

Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi

Last week, with little fanfare and under heavy security, an historic meeting took place in Rome which marked a turning point in interfaith relations. Inside the 16th century Casina Pio IV villa, home to the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences, seven clerics representing over five billion people overcame lingering traditions of suspicion to commit to the eradication of modern day slavery by the year 2020.

Iran Upholds Death Sentence For Blogger Who Posted Facebook 'Insults'

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Tech

A man in Iran has been sentenced to death for "insulting the prophet of Islam" on Facebook. Soheil Arabi, a 30-year-old blogger, was convicted in ...

Foreign Media Coverage of Kurdish Conflicts Must Change

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics
Ruwayda Mustafah

The Kurdish people have lived under different political establishments, none of which has led to independence. Modern day Kurdistan reaches across four sovereign states (Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria) yet still manages to inhibit an acknowledged ethnic community. Which is impressive, considering Kurdistan's history - suppressed acts of resistance, and betrayal by foreign entities.

Saving Islam From Muslim Extremists

Nehad Ismail | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK
Nehad Ismail

All Muslims must stand together and not only condemn them but work together to defeat extremists like ISIS. Some critics of Islam blame the strict interpretation of Islam by Wahhabism a Saudi strand of Islam and the teaching of children to curse and hate kuffars for the rise in fundamentalism and extremism.

The Number One News Formula: Sport and More Sport

Neil Durkin | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

There's surely something ... amiss here. With all due respect to Mr Hamilton and his super-fast Mercedes, I don't think winning a car racing tournament is the most important thing that happened yesterday. Or indeed, any day.

The British-Iranian Woman Imprisoned For Watching Volleyball Is Free On Bail

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK

An Iranian-British woman jailed for trying to attend a men's volleyball game in Iran has been released on bail, her family said. Ghoncheh Ghavami, ...

It's a Wave, It's a Flood, It's the GOP Tsunami! But What Now?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

There won't be an end to political gridlock yet, there's just a movement of the chokepoint from the Senate to Obama's veto. People were very frustrated that nothing got done in Washington the last couple of years, but they should not count on DC becoming a smooth, tough, lean and mean operator just because of one election. Some market friendly decisions now have a better chance of being taken, but politics in general in America will not begin to work better overnight.

Disc-Shaped UFO Caught Flying Over Iran

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Tech

A passenger on board a commercial airliner has caught some astonishing footage of a disc-shaped UFO flying underneath their plane. The aircraft was...

Change...What Change?

Kiri Kankhwende | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Kiri Kankhwende

Executions have surged under President Rouhani, with Iran now having surpassed China in executions per capita. Since Rouhani's ascension to the presidency, 650 people have been executed, with 250 executions in early 2014 alone.

'I Will Love You Forever' The Heartbreaking Final Letter Of Hanged Iranian Woman

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK

The young interior designer hanged yesterday in Iran for killing the man she claimed was trying to rape her sent a moving final letter to her mother, ...

Iran's Execution Of Young Woman Is 'Bloody Stain' On Nation

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK

This is the moment that an Iranian mother weeps as she learns her young daughter has been hung for the murder of the man she said was trying to rape h...

The Ghoncheh Ghavami Case: Another Iranian Own Goal

Neil Durkin | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

A verdict in Ghavami's case is reportedly expected this week. A spokesperson for the Iranian judiciary, Ghulam Hussein Mohseni Ejeyie, has claimed - highly improbably - that "Miss Ghavami's arrest and imprisonment has nothing to do with the issue of sports and women's participations in stadiums", and is instead "a national security matter". Quite what the issues of national security might be here are ... er, unclear.

Obama's Iran Nuclear Policy of Self-Delusion

Nehad Ismail | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

According to Reuters (16 October) a senior U.S. official said some progress was made in high-level nuclear negotiations with Iran on Wednesday but much work remained to be done, adding the goal was still to reach a deal by a late November deadline.

Louise Ridley

She Was A Guerrilla Fighter In Iran, But Now It Is Islamic State That Scares Diana Most

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK

One of the female veterans of the guerrilla Kurdish forces has warned that the advance of the Islamic State across the Middle East is threatening to t...

What the Great Depression Teaches Us About Ourselves

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

Could it be that we are our happiest in the toughest times? That when the going gets rough, we band together and find comfort in others? One of my favourite films is Silver Linings Playbook (not just because of the bipolar element). The overall message of the film, unsurprisingly, is that if you work your hardest, you have a shot at a silver lining.

Rich Kids Of Tehran Shows A Very Different Side Of Iran

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK

A controversial Instagram account purporting to show the affluent lifestyles of young men and women in Iran's capital has emerged. Rich Kids Of Te...

'ISIS And Hamas Are Branches Of The Same Poisonous Tree'

AP/Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared his country's recent bombing campaign in Gaza to the US-led strikes against militants in Iraq and S...

US Airstrikes in Raqqa - Democracy Has Arrived in Syria

Dilly Hussain | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

Just after dawn prayers, my Twitter newsfeed was filled with breaking headlines confirming that the US along with its Arab allies had begun airstrikes against ISIS in the Syrian city of Raqqa. Both the Assad regime and the Obama administration have denied any collusion regarding this military offensive but if you scratch beneath the surface, it becomes relatively clear that there was a lot more collaboration behind closed doors than most would think.

Mystery Terror Cell 'More Dangerous Than IS' Planning Airliner Toothpaste Bomb Attack

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK

A little-known terrorist group that the US bombed in Syria was in the advanced stages of a plot to blow up airliners with explosives concealed in toot...

The Last Time A British PM Did This David Cameron Was 12

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK

David Cameron and Iran's president will meet for the fist time in decades in New York later, as Britain bids to gain support from the hostile nation t...

The Harsh Truth: ISIL Is the Product of Iran's Theocracy and Assad's Dictatorship

Lord Maginnis | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

For the West to acknowledge that there are at least two prominent enemies to freedom and stability in the Middle East would be a start. But by embracing one and opposing the other the West may disrupt the current flow of violence, but it will never halt the growth of extremism. As long as a Shiite theocracy remains in place in Iran, new Sunni extremists will always stand ready to compete with it for control over the soul of the Muslim world.

Iranian Pharrell Williams Fans Sentenced To Prison & Lashes For 'Happy' Tribute Video

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK

A group of young Iranians who were arrested for creating a tribute to Pharrell Williams’ Happy video have been sentenced. The three men and (unv...