Russia could be the unlikely partner who helps solve the mess in Syria
Commentary: Assad isn't the real threat in Syria today; it's the radical Sunnis, who are the best organized of the rebel groups and who could easily take over were Assad overthrown.
Israel readies for Syria backlash: 'Everything is on the table'
Israel expects to receive advance notice of any US strike on Syria, but is preparing for a retaliatory attack from the Assad regime.
Iran’s Rouhani administration gets first visit from foreign leader: Oman’s Sultan Qaboos
It’s the first visit from a foreign head of state since Iran's President Hassan Rouhani took office.
Profiling Iran's LGBT refugees: Leaving without time to pack
AliReza: 'You construct a future in Iran, you destroy it, and then you come here. If I wasn’t forced, I would have never left. It’s my homeland and I have everything there.'
Profiling Iran's LGBT refugees: From double life to greater freedom abroad
Danial: 'Everyone looks at me like I’m a stranger. But there’s one thing that makes it better: I have the right to live here.'
Profiling Iran's LGBT refugees: From activist to outcast
Arash: 'My friends tell me that if I go back to Iran, the government will welcome me home by killing me.'
Profiling Iran's LGBT refugees: Resisting unwanted sex changes
Shervin: "My mother knew I was different so she took me to a doctor. [He] pulled his hair and said, ‘What’s wrong with this child?’”
Aid to Egypt can retain limited US influence with the ruling generals
Commentary: As we descend into a world of waning US importance, what influence the US still retains is even more critical.
Rouhani could ease Sunni-Shiite polarization in the Middle East
Commentary: The Iranian president’s initiative in visiting Saudi Arabia is a welcome sign.
CIA: We orchestrated the 1953 Iran coup
The CIA has finally admitted that it organized the coup in Iran that ousted democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh in 1953.
Iran: Lawmakers reject 3 Rouhani nominees but approve major posts
After four days of debate, parliament rejects just three of the new Iranian president's 18 nominees.
What we're protesting today
Around the world in angsty days.
New Iranian satellite launch pad is actually ballistic missile testing site: Analysts
A London-based defense analysis group says that Iran is building a ballistic missile launching facility near the city of Shahrud.
Closing embassies is wise, even as it reveals US weakness
Commentary: Growing US unpopularity limits its influence in a chaotic region.
Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, says he's willing to restart nuclear talks
Newly inaugurated President Hassan Rouhani said in his first press conference that he is willing to restart failed talks with other nations over Iran's much-debated nuclear program.
Iran inaugurates new president. Cue the thaw?
Washington is a 'willing partner' if Tehran's serious about dialogue.
Hassan Rouhani is now officially the president of Iran
Rouhani's term as Iranian president starts on Saturday, ending Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's eight years in office.
What did Iran's Rouhani call Israel?
Iran's soon-to-be president did call Israel a wound, but did not call for its removal as he was quoted as saying.
Khatoun Khoykani, 99-year-old Iranian woman, becomes US citizen
Khatoun Khoykani wins citizenship in the United States 15 years after applying.
Algiers Accords bind US to non-interference in Iran — and are always forgotten
The Accords are a legally binding agreement quite famous in Iran and virtually unknown in the US.
Iranians say US sanctions hit wrong target
Since the US imposed strict sanctions 18 months ago, Iran's economy has been in free fall: Oil revenues dropped by 50 percent, the local currency has lost as much as 2/3 of its val
As the Middle East implodes, should the US focus on Israel-Palestine?
Commentary: A pact would help solve an underlying cause of dysfunction in the Arab world.
Yemen: Nour-Ahmad Nikbakht, Iranian embassy worker, kidnapped
It's the latest in a string of foreigner kidnappings in Yemen.
The world according to Gatsby: smash things and then retreat
Commentary: The foibles of Tom and Daisy Buchanan remind us of the US government.
Iran: Firmly behind the Assad regime
For both religious and geopolitical reasons, the Iranian government continues to serve as Syria's most important backer with broad domestic support.
Jerusalem Film Festival: risky business
"The Attack" and "The Gardener," both shot in Israel by different filmmakers, have been banned across the Muslim world.
Ramadan violence rips through Iraq's mosques, cafes killing dozens
Bomb blast after funeral at Baghdad, Iraq mosque kills 11 as violence continues across country.
US role in Egypt: keep channels open with those in power
Commentary: What really matters is filling a desperate need for leadership in Cairo.
Snowden emails reveal NSA workings: Spiegel
Edward Snowden talked about the National Security Agency at length in a series of encrypted emails obtained by Der Spiegel.
Iranian swimmer says record denied over un-Islamic swimwear even though her clothes weighed 'six pounds' (VIDEO)
A dispute over swimwear erupts in Iran.
Iran nuclear chief: uranium enrichment program to continue unchanged
Iran has no plans to change its nuclear program following the election of Hassan Rouhani as president, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani said.