Rick Perry's Islamic State remark joins a list of Mexican-border terror threat claims
Here’s a look at four major claims of faraway terrorism stirring in America's southern frontier. In some of those cases, at least, officials actually attempted to provide evidence, with varying success.
Iran is thinking of restricting birth control options in order to grow its population
It would be a reversal of what had been progressive policies on reproductive rights in Iran.
This video got 2 people arrested for celebrating the World Cup
Sure, you can celebrate. Just not in public. Or without a headscarf.
The 5 big winners in Iraq, land of opportunity
The ISIL isn't alone in making the most of a messy situation.
Iran moves to eliminate sensitive uranium stockpile
The stockpile has been of a particular concern for the West as the enrichment purity represents a relatively short technical step away from that required for nuclear weapons.
Young, educated Iranians create a 'tsunami' of unemployment
A sanctions-subdued economy can't accommodate wave after wave of university graduates, giving Iran one of the highest "brain drain" rates in the world.
Britain is planning to reopen its embassy in Tehran
British Foreign Secretary William Hague's statement did not directly mention the situation in Iraq but noted that 'Iran is an important country in a volatile region.'
Death at sea beats taking a bullet
For Hazara Muslims in Pakistan, the options are grim.
Iran plans to hold direct nuclear talks with US, Russia
The unprecedented set of direct bilateral talks come immediately before Iran's next round of political discussions with the P5+1 group.
These maps show where you can still go to jail for apostasy or blasphemy
Nearly a quarter of the globe has anti-blasphemy laws.
Freak sandstorm in Tehran kills 4 people and injures dozens
Power supplies were knocked out in at least 50,000 homes, an electricity official said.
You've got to watch this skateboard tour of Iran. It's beautiful
If National Geographic made skate videos, they’d probably look like this.
This Iranian mother did something extraordinary for her son's killer right before his execution
She slapped Balal in the face and removed the noose from his neck.
Iran celebrates Nowruz, or Persian New Year, with hopes for a revived economy
Nowruz is celebrated across continents and cultures, from Afghanistan and Albania to Iran, Turkey and India.
On Iran nuclear talks: 'Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed'
Iran denies that its declared civilian atomic energy program is a front for developing the means to make nuclear weapons.
Japan is creating an enormous pile of plutonium. Should you be worried?
It only takes a few pounds of plutonium to make a weapon, and the most likely source of the critical ingredient is a large-scale production or storage facility — like the one Japan is building.
Hassan Rouhani urges Iran's top generals to favor restraint over rhetoric
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani told the nation's military leaders to let diplomacy prevail in dealing with potential foreign threats.
14 protest videos that went viral and changed the world
From Iran's Green Revolution to Occupy Wall Street, scenes of brutality, death, defiance, and laughter have altered the course of recent history.
Iran, world powers agree on a timetable for nuclear talks
'There is a lot to do. It won't be easy, but we have made a good start,' European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said.
Watch Iran's gutsy queen of pop take on homophobia in her latest music video
Googoosh's video about a lesbian couple aims to move gay rights along in Iran.
These orange, 'alien looking' vessels are transporting refugees out of Australia
Prime Minister Tony Abbott deploys his solution for asylum seekers: Send them back.
Iran's foreign minister doesn't fear sanctions, says nuclear deal is possible with 'good will'
The prospect of a deal has lessened the risk of Israel or the United States taking military action against Iranian nuclear facilities to prevent Tehran acquiring a nuclear bomb.
Turkey destroys Al Qaeda-linked convoy battling inside Syria
Turkish fighter jets destroy two trucks, bus belonging to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
This is why Saudi Arabia and Iran don't like each other
The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran goes back decades, if not centuries.
Iran says it has suspended 20 percent of uranium enrichment
The UN atomic watchdog has confirmed that Iran's partial nuclear freeze began on Monday as planned, diplomats told AFP.
Iran: The one issue Israel and Saudi Arabia can openly agree on
As the interim nuclear deal goes into effect, two countries famously high on each other's enemies list are cooperating as never before.
Syrians react to Geneva II talks with skepticism, anger (LIVE BLOG)
Despite a hostile tone between the Syrian government and opposition at Geneva II, a UN mediator said both sides might be ready to discuss local ceasefires and prisoner exchanges.
NSA can spy on computers not connected to internet, according to reports
Here's what we learned from the latest Edward Snowden leak, according to reports in the New York Times.
Iran proclaims nuclear breakthrough with world powers to begin Jan. 20
Iran, European Union agree how to implement a deal on containing Tehran's nuclear program, but it still must be approved by invested parties.
Iran nuclear talks end with 'very good progress,' negotiators say
Iranian, American and European Union representatives say solutions found, suggest first phase of negotiations to finish in February.
Ghosts of battles past haunt Iraq
Analysis: Iraq today is witnessing the worst violence since the disastrous years of 2006 and 2007, when the country was on the verge of all-out sectarian war.