Israel is employing a growing fleet of drones to monitor its adversaries and to have should the country ever again be threatened militarily. But one of their newest and most advanced versions crashed over the weekend, just weeks before it was expected to be declared operational.
The book Funny in Farsi first went on sale in Iran in 2005, but it wasn't until this month that Iranian officia went after the person who translated the book from English into Persian. Soleimani Nia was arrested two weeks ago after being questioned in November.
Iranian filmmakers have seen increasing success on the international stage. Just last week, A Separation won a Golden Globe, for example. But at home, government censors are doing all they can to undermine the developing filmmakers.
In various media reportes Friday, Iran threatened tor retaliate against the west for what it says was the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists.
Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, an Iranian nuclear scientist, was assassinated in Iran on Wednesday, the latest sign of a covert campaign to subvert Iran's nuclear ambitions. Meanwhile, the Doomsday Clock has moved a minute closer to midnight.
Amir Mirzaei Hekmati is accused of committing espionage against Iran when he traveled to the country in August 2011. On Monday, Iran announced it would put him to death.
The tension between Iran and the United States grew a little stronger this weekend. New sanctions, missile firings and another ultimatum from Iran all marked a weekend that saw neither side flinching in their ongoing confrontation.
The United States will go forward with some $41 billion worth of military equipment sales to two Middle Eastern countries. Saudi Arabia will get $30 billion in fights and Iraq will get $11 billion in jets, tanks and other equipment.
Iran says that if the U.S. goes forward with its threat to impose sanctions on the country's central bank, which could cripple its oil exports, then it will shutdown the Straits of the Hormuz. The U.S. says that's just one red line that should Iran cross would trigger military actions.
More than 150 asylum-seekers — if they're even still alive — have been stuck at sea for more than three days after the boat they were on, heading for Australia, crashed off the coast of Indonesia.