In a recent speech, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged the Israelis to restart the stalled Palestinian peace process and engage proactively with its neighbors. The country has become increasingly isolated, diplomatically, in its region.
The United States was joined by two of its closest allies in imposing a new round of financial sanctions on the Iranian banking system, seeking to up the pressure on Iran as it continues what the west says is its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
The US and five other world powers met today at the UN to push for an ï¿½early negotiated solutionï¿½ to the nuclear standoff with Iran. Anchor Lisa Mullins finds out more from Washington Post correspondent Colum Lynch, who's at the UN.
An overwhelming majority chose Hassan Rowhani as the country's next president, leading some to wonder of Rohani's moderate background will lead to reforms in the isolated country. But Rowhani's power and ability to reform may be limited, with the country's Ayatollah retaining the true power.
The U.S. is continuing to move, slowly, toward military strikes on Syria, in response to the use of chemical weapons there earlier this month. But as U.S. officials move forward, some are wondering just was sort of response that might elicit from Syria.
Newly-elected Iranian President Hasan Rouhani has landed in the United States and quickly made a flurry of friendly gestures toward the West, including declaring Iran would not ever develop nuclear weapons. Rouhani has met with American media as he prepared for the U. N. General Assembly.
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.
It'll be high states diplomacy when world leaders and dignitaries gather tomorrow at the UN General Assembly meeting. Host Marco Werman gets the behind-the-scenes look from Joel Rubin, a former state department official.