Saudi Arabia and Iran are engaged in a sort of regional cold war. US officials have said they hope the Iran deal would lead to diplomatic breakthroughs, but it's just as likely (perhaps more) to lead to greater tensions.
Greece has a difficult relationship with followers of minority faiths. In order to build a place of worship, they must get government permission and, for more than 100 years, no mosques have been allowed. But Muslims aren't the only ones who have difficulty practicing their faith.
In the case of Iran and its attitudes toward a possible US attack on Syria, the BBC Persian Service has been fielding comments -- lots of them -- from Iranian citizens. Marco Werman speaks with Rana Rahimpour of BBC's Persian Service.
Iran reserves one seat in its parliament for a representative of its Jewish minority. And Iran's only Jewish lawmaker has travelled to New York this week with the country's president, Hassan Rouhani. Anchor Marco Werman talks with reporter Saeed Kamali Dehghan. He covers Iran for The Guardian.
Anti-American posters and signs lined Tehran's busiest thoroughfares during Iran's talks with officials from Washington last week. But the posters were quickly taken down. It's a sign of a heated battle between Iran's hard-liners and reformers — being waged in a very public way.
Jiyar Gol was a young boy in Iran when he watched the promise of the Iranian Revolution turn sour. As an adult and a BBC reporter covering the Middle East, he traveled to South Africa and found a model for compromise and reconciliation that he believes could help Middle Eastern countries now stuck in their transitions to democracy.
On November 4, 1979, during the Carter administration, Iranian revolutionaries stormed the American embassy in Tehran and took dozens of US diplomats and marines captive. They held them for more than a year. Relations between the two countries were destroyed.
Canadian Bryan Adams is known best for his music — but he's also known for his photography. But his latest work, which is on exhibition in London through January, brings attention to Britain's war wounded. That story and more in today's Global Scan.