Top of The World: The Mexican government has sued several prominent US-based gun manufacturers. And, WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus has called for a moratorium on administering COVID-19 booster shots. Also, Iran will inaugurate Ebrahim Raisi, an ultra-conservative judiciary chief, as the country’s next president on Thursday.
Iran's military denied on Monday being behind attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week. But experts suggest that if Iran were involved, it would represent a calibrated yet risky pushback to the US.
Diplomacy is often awkward, stymied by translators, late nights and unsecured yurt communication (yes, that really happened). But diplomacy can also stop a war, as years of secret and not-so-secret negotiations between the US and Iran proved when the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was reached in 2015.
Iran announced on Wednesday it was scaling back curbs to its nuclear program, announcing steps that stop short of violating its 2015 deal with world powers for now.
Reformists have made some progress towards easing economic hardship, loosening social control, and initiating a temporary easing of tensions with the outside community. But the parlous nature of the political structure empowers the theocrats to manipulate the system and stymie any reform effort that promises a path to democratization.
President Donald Trump is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday morning. At this address last year, he labeled North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "rocket man."
US President Donald Trump told Iran it risked consequences "the like of which few throughout history have suffered before" if the Islamic Republic made more threats against the United States.
US President Donald Trump will announce on Tuesday whether he will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal or stay in and work with European allies.
Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, hinted on Monday that Iran could remain in its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers even if the United States dropped out.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad lauded his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani Saturday on his election victory and vowed to continue cooperating with Tehran, a key Damascus supporter.
Iran has spent two days testing missiles that can hit anywhere in Israel or Saudi Arabia. The tests were well-publicized, accompanied by videos and interviews with top generals. Now, the US is considering its response.