May 23, 2017

Iran's Rouhani wins a second term

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is no Western-style liberal but he understands that Iran's best hope rests on reintegration into the region and the world.

/ May 22, 2017

Reformists sweep Tehran municipal vote as Rouhani wins Iran

Reformist candidates swept municipal elections in Iran’s capital, taking all 21 seats in Tehran as moderate President Hassan Rouhani won a second term, state media reported Monday. Their win in Friday’s election marks the first time reformists have totally controlled Tehran’s municipal council since ...

With hopes for peace uncertain, Trump to visit Israel

/ May 22, 2017

With hopes for peace uncertain, Trump to visit Israel

Having declared that finding a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict is “maybe not as difficult as people have thought,” President Donald Trump will make his first visit to Israel with few concrete ideas of solving a problem that has vexed presidents for decades. Trump, ...

Trump urges Mideast states to drive out 'Islamic extremism'

/ May 22, 2017

Trump urges Mideast states to drive out 'Islamic extremism'

President Donald Trump on Sunday implored Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries to extinguish “Islamic extremism” emanating from the region, describing a “battle between good and evil” rather than a clash between the West and Islam. In a pointed departure from his predecessor, ...

/ May 21, 2017

Abe congratulates Iranian President Rouhani on re-election

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday sent a congratulatory message to re-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Abe called on Rouhani to maintain his stance of cooperating with the international community, adding that Japan hopes the Iranian president will continue to play a constructive role ...

Iran's Rouhani finds himself under U.S. pressure after election win

/ May 21, 2017

Iran's Rouhani finds himself under U.S. pressure after election win

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani was still celebrating his resounding re-election victory on Saturday when he came under pressure from the country’s long-standing foe the United States. Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate cleric who spearheaded a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, said Iranians had chosen ...

Intel spat only adds to Israeli concerns about Trump visit

/ May 18, 2017

Intel spat only adds to Israeli concerns about Trump visit

When Donald Trump was elected president, Israeli nationalists rejoiced that a reputed strong ally would be moving into the White House. But as Trump prepares to visit the region this weekend, apprehension reigns instead. A diplomatic blowup over the status of Jerusalem, followed by ...

May 14, 2017

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake in northeast Iran leaves three dead

Iranian state TV says a magnitude 5.7 earthquake has left three people dead and about 200 injured in a remote area in the country’s northeast. The quake struck late Saturday near the town of Pishqaleh in a farming region close to the Turkmenistan border. ...