Hassan Rouhani

A row of handguns are shown with the handle facing outward and a hand holding on to one of the weapons.

Mexico sues US-based gunmakers over arms trafficking and gun violence

Top of The World

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.

A woman is shown walking and pulling a rollaboard in an airport terminal with the Tokyo Olympics 2020 sign in the background.

Olympics director fired over Holocaust joke

Top of The World
Haitian President Jovenel Moise arrives for an interview at his home in Petion-Ville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse assassinated in overnight attack

Top of The World
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is shown wearing a traditional white turban while sitting behind a microphone.

Iran starts 20% uranium enrichment, seizes tanker in strait

Conflict & Justice
A man wearing a protective face mask and gloves, amid fear of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), jumps rope at Valiasr street in Tehran, Iran, March 26, 2020.

Should sanctions against Iran be lifted in the wake of COVID-19?

An oil tanker is shown from above with a red deck and being sprayed by water by a second, adjacent boat.

Tanker attacks seen as calibrated but risky Iranian response to US sanctions

Conflict & Justice

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.

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.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is shown sitting at a table with a glass of water speaking behind two microphones.

Iran rolls back nuclear pledges but stops short of violating pact

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.

three women take a selfie with a rainbow umbrella covering them from the rain

Forty years on from the Iranian Revolution, could the country be at risk of another one?

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.

US President Donald Trump speaks as UN Ambassador Nikki Haley looks on

Watch: President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations

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.”