Iran and Saudi Arabia have upped the ante in their war of words. Both are now denouncing the other's Islamic legitimacy. The two Persian Gulf powers are already locked in numerous proxy conflicts across the region. The US is not happy about the mess.
Iran and China are hoping to grow their bilateral trade to more than $600 billion over the next 10 years, but there’s a long way to go. Today, the two countries have combined trade of less than $15 billion, excluding oil.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he has evidence of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program that could step up pressure on the United States to pull out of a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
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?
After the US announced its new sanctions, Iran hit back, calling them "worthless" and "illegal" and announcing its own sanctions "against American people and entities that have acted against the Iranian people and other Muslim peoples of the region."
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.
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.