Iranians await their upcoming election between the conservative incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the relatively liberal contender Mir Hossein Moussavi. The BBC's Tehran Correspondent, Jon Leyne, talks to The Takeaway about the presidential race.
Iran's missile test and the U.S. response comes in a week when politics takes center stage in Iran. The Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, faces re-election next month and campaigning for that election begins formally on Friday.
China's getting serious about smoking — so serious it's banning smoking in schools. And it's imposing new restrictions as well. Meanwhile, in Austria, a former police officer is being compared to Robin Hood after he stole but said he planned to give it to the poor. Plus Denmark and Sweden consider a ban on circumcisions, in today's Global Scan.
Iran's parliament impeached science minister Reza Faraji-Dana this week over allegations of extremism stemming from the country's 2009 "Green Movement" protests. The sharply divided vote shows how the protests are still a powerful issue in Iranian politics.
When the government of Iran ordered reporters to stop covering protests that rocked the country in 2009, Nazila Fathi said no. But her refusal forced her to flee Iran with her family, and she recounts the turmoil — and her exile — in a new book.
Diplomacy is often awkward, stymied by translators, late nights and unsecured yurt communication (yes, that really happened). But diplomacy can also stop a war, as years of secret and not-so-secret negotiations between the US and Iran proved when the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was reached in 2015.
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