In 1815, a ship docked at a port in England carrying an unusual cargo: A group of frightened Iranian students. They were sent there by the Shah of Iran to study the "new sciences." One of the students kept a diary about his trip to this foreign land. And the diary is the basis of a new book.
Siamak Namazi is the latest Iranian American arrested in Iran. The oil consultant was arrested as he visited family in Iran. The arrest has 'sent chills' through the Iranian-American business community.
Saudi Arabia has spent the past year taking actions that have alarmed and angered some of its neighbors, especially Iran. There have been warnings this could provoke a war. So who's driving these policies, and why?
US officials said on Wednesday that Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif spoke at least five times in the span of 10 hours on Tuesday. Their discussion led to the quick release of the American sailors.
The NSA ha ignited a firestorm over its extensive spying on friends and allies alike, but it's clear the US is far from alone. Also, a new study finds billions of planets in the Milky Way that might be like Earth, and a former US president says he almost punched out a foreign leader. All this and more, in today's Global Scan.
Jim Riddle, former chairman of the National Organic Standards Board, and a blueberry farmer, just returned from a short trip to Iran. He was invited to talk about organic farming. He says Iran is interested in advancing its already robust organic industry.