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Rouhani: Rise of extremism down to 'certain states'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the rise of violent extremism was down to "certain states" and unidentified intelligence agencies who "put blades in the hands of madmen".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Credit: UNGA

He said only countries within the region could find a solution to the rise of extremism.

He told the United Nations General Assembly: "The right solution to this quandary comes from within the region and regionally provided solution with international support and not from the outside the region."

PM meets Iranian President after air strikes on IS

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has met Prime Minister David Cameron in New York after the US and its allies launched air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria.

It is the first time a British Prime Minister has met with an Iranian leader since the country's revolution in 1979.

Cameron to urge Iran to help tackle Islamic State

Credit: PA Wire

Prime Minister David Cameron is to meet the president of Iran to urge him to join an international effort to tackle the Islamic State terror group and drop his country's support for the Assad regime in Syria.

The meeting with Hassan Rouhani, at a crucial United Nations summit in New York, will be the first time a British prime minister has held face-to-face bilateral talks with an Iranian president since the country's Islamic revolution in 1979.

It marks Mr Cameron's determination to enlist the active support of regional powers in the Middle East in taking on IS, which has seized control of swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria and carried out a string of atrocities against local people and foreigners as it seeks to impose its own brand of extremist Sunni Islam.

Family of activist in Iranian jail urge government to help

The family of a British human rights activist being held in prison in Iran have told ITV News the government here must do more to try to secure her release.

Ghonche Ghavami was arrested during a protest as she tried to enter a men-only arena to watch a volleyball match in Tehran.

Ms Ghavami's supporters say she has been held for more than two months in Iran's Evin prison including some time in solitary confinement.

ITV News Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray spoke to Ms Ghavami's brother:

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Iranian is first woman to win 'Nobel Prize of Maths'

An Iranian mathematician has become the first female recipient of the Fields Medal - the highest recognition in the discipline.

Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor at Stanford University in California, won the prize for her work on “the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces.”

Mirzakhani was born in the Iranian capital Tehran and won gold medals in the International Math Olympiad twice as a teenager, before moving to the US for her doctorate.

Her former tutor, Curtis McCullen, praised her "fluency in many disciplines, which is unusual in the modern era, when considerable specialization is often required".

The Fields Medal, awarded by the International Mathematical Union since 1936, is sometimes referred to as the "Nobel Prize of Mathematics".

Report: 40 passengers die in Iran plane crash

All of the 40 passengers including seven children aboard a plane that crashed in the Iranian capital Tehran have died, according to the country's official news agency IRNA.

The news service said that the engine on the aircraft reportedly shut down shortly after taking off from International Mehrabad Airport at 9:45 am local time (6:15 UK time).

The plane was reportedly heading to the eastern city of Tabas in South Khorassan province.

Plane crashes in Iranian capital Tehran

A plane has crashed at Mehrabad airport in the Iranian capital Tehran, according to the country's state news service IRNA.

The agency which cited a spokesman from the the Iranian Red Crescent Society gave no further details.

Mehrabad which serves mainly as a domestic airport located in a western suburb of Tehran

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