Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Journalist Masih Alinejad speaks onstage

Iranian journalist targeted in alleged Iran kidnap plot says operation ‘must be condemned’


Masih Alinejad spoke from Brooklyn with The World’s host Marco Werman about the kidnapping plot.

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

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was Iran's president from 2005 to 2013.

Iran’s notorious Ahmadinejad is running for president again

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Cover of "The Lonely War," a memoir by Nazila Fathi.

An exiled author remembers her dash out of Tehran

People wear green bands in support of the Iranian opposition movement during the funeral of dissident Iranian cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri in the holy city of Qom on December 21, 2009.

Five years later, Iran’s protest movement still casts a shadow over its politics

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Smoker? China, finally, says keep it out of the schools

Global Scan

China’s getting serious about smoking — so serious it’s banning smoking in schools. And it’s imposing new restrictions as well. Meanwhile, in Austria, a former police officer is being compared to Robin Hood after he stole but said he planned to give it to the poor. Plus Denmark and Sweden consider a ban on circumcisions, in today’s Global Scan.

US President Barack Obama talks with Iranian President Hasan Rouhani during a phone call in the Oval Office September 27, 2013. REUTERS/Pete Souza/The White House

In 2013, the presidents of Iran and the US spoke on the phone for the first time in 34 years

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2013 was a historic year in US-Iran relations. For the first time in 34 years leaders of the two countries spoke on the phone.

Employees of PSA Peugeot Citroen Aulnay-sous-Bois automotive plant demonstrate over pension reforms in Paris, September 10, 2013. PSA has laid off thousands of workers, in small part because of business lost from Iran sanctions.

A deal with Iran could change lives, for workers in France

For years, PSA — the company that makes Peugeot and Citroen cars — got around the Iranian embargo by selling Tehran what it called car “kits.” But it pulled the plug last year, under growing pressure to honor the embargo. PSA is now struggling and letting workers go. An Iran deal might just change that.

Iran's President Hasan Rouhani addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, September 24, 2013.

Leaders try to put a little heat in frigid US-Iranian relations

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It’s been six years since high-ranking American diplomats have gotten together for serious business. But on Thursday, that was all set to change.

A New Chapter for Iran & the United States?

Has there been a reset in the U.S.-Iran relationship? Yesterday’s inauguration of the newly-elected President Hassan Rouhani was a chance to assure Iranian and U.S. leaders that an opportunity for real change exists now. Rouhani may have signaled both yesterday in a speech that at the very least marks a radical step away from the […]