Iran's moderate former President Mohammad Khatami has hosted several former Western leaders, a move analysts see as a bid to boost his standing ahead of the country's presidential election in 2009.
Most shopkeepers in Tehran's main bazaar have reopened for business after a protest against a new sales tax, but some defied calls from their trade union to go back to work.
A soldier who worked in "a unique" role for Britain's top commander in Afghanistan became a spy for Iran after missing out on promotion and suffering what he perceived as racism, a court has heard.
Fowzi Badavi-Nejad is the only surviving member of a group that seized the Iranian Embassy in London in April 1980, demanding the release of prisoners in Iran and taking 21 hostages, two of whom they killed.
A weeklong strike against a new value added tax (VAT) appeared to be spreading in Tehran's bazaar, even though the Iranian government suspended the measure for two months, witnesses said.
A leading Iranian reformist has said he will run in next year's presidential election, challenging conservative President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, who is widely expected to seek a second four-year term.
A 13-year-old cancer victim from Iran came to Israel for treatment on Friday, the hospital which received him said, attracting media interest in a country used to decades of hostility with Tehran.
France's top diplomat, Bernard Kouchner, warns that while he wants dialogue, the Iranian side has made the pursuit of dialogue "impossible." A recent high-profile effort in mid-July "resulted in empty declarations," he says.
Iran's annual inflation rate jumped 1.8 percentage points in September to 29.4 percent, Iranian media said, highlighting a growing source of discontent ahead of next year's presidential election.
In their second debate of the U.S. presidential campaign, Republican candidate John McCain and his Democratic opponent, Barack Obama, found little to agree on, except whether Russia might be turning back into an "evil empire."
An Iranian state television station says a plane that was forced to land in Iran was Hungarian, not a U.S. military plane as reported earlier by a semi-official Iranian news agency.
Iran has accused six major powers of "unreasonable behavior" over its disputed nuclear program, but the European Union said it would stick to a dual approach combining diplomacy with the threat of sanctions.