Canadian cartoonist Gary Clement on the new happy face of Iran's nuclear program.

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Here’s what else is grabbing our attention.

Kenya begins three days of mourning

With the siege at Westgate mall over, Kenya has begun three days of mourning. We've seen interesting analysis of the global impact of the siege from a number of people. Among the best is the Financial Times’ Michaela Wrong, who has been looking at how the last week will influence efforts to bring Kenya’s president to trial for encouraging ethnic violence

Bibi says don't believe the new guy in Iran

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has issued a warning to the west not to be fooled by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s conciliatory tone — after the Israeli delegation walked out of Rouhani’s speech at the UN. 

Haaretz’s Zvi Bar’el has typically insightful analysis of where the new Iranian tone leaves Israel. 

Smugglers swallow gold at airport

Police in Sri Lanka have arrested seven men after they had some difficulty passing through an airport metal detector. The BBC has the full story — including details of the carefully chosen diet the police are imposing on the men (including a powerful local dish known as ‘pittu’).

The great Chinese man surplus

An unintended consequence of China’s one child policy is a huge surplus of single, marriage-age men. A preference for sons, plus sex-selective abortions over the last 25 years, has created a generation of miserably single men. The BBC’s Lucy Ash has been meeting matchmakers.


What we're seeing on social

Weather around the world

Officials in Russia declared an emergency in Sochi, future home of the Olympic Games, where rains have caused flooding and mudslides. This is at least the third flood-related emergency there since March.

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