Rafael Mariano Grossi, director-general of International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, center, attends a meeting with the Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Mohammad Eslami, in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021.

Iran-UN nuclear agreement signals ‘very, very tempered optimism’ for negotiations, Iran analyst says

Naysan Rafati, a senior Iran analyst with the International Crisis Group, joined The World’s Carol Hills to discuss a recent agreement between Iran and the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency that will allow for the reset of monitoring devices at Iranian nuclear sites.

Medical professionals are shown on either side of a wall that has signs for the AstraZeneca vaccine posted on it.

The EU sues AstraZeneca escalating tensions amid the pandemic

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is shown speaking and with his right hand rised and point his finger in the air.

Iran nuclear talks resume in Vienna amid new complications

Technicians work at the Arak heavy water reactor's secondary circuit.

US officials and signatories of the Iran deal to meet in Vienna next week

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The aspern Seestadt district is designed with high urban density and extremely high energy efficiency standards as a priority. 

Vienna’s green mini-city offers a model for sustainable, urban living

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Christian Koblinger, head of tourism in Radstadt, Austria, says the winter ski season is a major economic driver in his community.

Austria’s ski resorts remain open during pandemic — but now they’re ‘ghost towns’

Across most of Europe, ski resorts are shut down due to COVID-19. Ski lifts in Austria remain open, but only those fortunate enough to live within a day’s drive can enjoy the slopes.

Several heavily armed police officers are shown walking on a street in Vienna with one officer passing a bar.

Attack in Vienna hit nightlife; suspect sought to join ISIS


A 20-year-old Islamic extremist armed with an automatic rifle and a fake explosive vest rampaged through a Vienna nightlife district hours ahead of a coronavirus lockdown, fatally shooting four people before he was killed by police, Austrian authorities said Tuesday.

A group of officials from the US is shown on the street entering a stone building.

China rebukes US envoy for photo stunt at nuclear talks with Russia

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The US envoy to nuclear arms control talks with Russia taunted China on Monday for its absence, earning a rebuke from Beijing for posting a picture of empty seats with Chinese flags at negotiations China had never planned to attend.

Men and women sit around a negotiating table with flags in the background.

Things That Go Boom: In nuclear negotiations, diplomacy can be a slog


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.

Since 2002, scientific data pointed to a slower decline of CFC-11, one of several chemical substances banned by the Montreal Protocol in 1987. The amount of CFC-11 found in the atmosphere has actually gone up during that time, prompting the United Nations

Scientists detected a spike in ozone-depleting chemicals. They’ll use the Montreal Protocol to stop the pollution.


Those who have watched over the Montreal Protocol since its formation have never had to take significant measures to enforce it — until now.