President Hassan Rouhani, here in parliament, is taking Iran to a new level of involvement in the Middle East.
Despite US threats, Iran seems to have emerged more powerful than ever, expanding its sphere of influence in the Gulf region and in the Levant.
Here’s the script accompanied by a lot of bombast, signifying not much. North Korea launches another missile – its 18th for the year and 80th since Kim Jong-un assumed power in 2011. This time it travels…
An addict prepares heroin in Lamu on the east coast of Kenya.
South Africa is only one piece in a larger puzzle of the heroin trade along the continents east coast.
The offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State has damaged thousands of structures in the historic Old City.
The West needs to push for local action against Islamic State's reign of terror in the Middle East. States in the region must find solutions to the conflicts to bring peace and stability.
Mural in Tehran.
The US wanted to 'manage' Iran in the Cold War.
Cities have always been more than a dense collection of people. They are labs of innovation, hotbeds of crime and inequality, architectural stunners, decaying ruins and everything in between.
Iranians watch a soccer match between Iran and Uzbekistan at a Tehran cafe last month. Compared to their neighbours, Iranians are not plagued by ethnic tensions.
AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi
Unlike its neighbours, Iran's different ethnic groups live in relative peace and harmony. Given terrorism is often spurred by ethnic conflict, will Iranians be spared further terrorist attacks?
The deal will give a much-needed boost to Iran's economy and lend important support to Rouhani's government.
The Middle East could be witnessing a foreign policy misfire of epic proportions.
A Djibouti soldier along the border with Eritrea after conflict flared in 2008.
Qatar withdrawing its troops has reignited tensions between Eritrea and Djibouti which the UN and African Union are trying to mediate. This comes as Eritrea is also embroiled in the Yemen civil war.
Central square in the Iraqi Kurdish capital, Erbil.
Eng. Bilal Izzadin
Iraqi Kurds will vote Yes to independence in September – and it could lead to trouble.
Iranian policemen at the parliament building in Tehran, June 7.
The world's response to two terrorist incidents in Iran was telling, and ominous.
A boy is evacuated during an attack on the Iranian parliament in central Tehran on June 7 2017.
Omid Vahabzadeh/ REUTERS
Terrorist attacks in Iran are evidence that, in the Middle East, there are far too many moving parts for US President Donald Trump's recent trip to have changed much on the ground.
US and Gulf Cooperation Council forces conduct field training, in Kuwait in 2017.
U.S. Army, Francis O'Brien/
The ongoing diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia has isolated Qatar from the rest of the Middle East while also undermining the anti-Iran alliance among the Gulf countries.
The skyline of Doha, Qatar.
Gregory Hawken Kramer
Qatar has used its wealth to adopt policies sometimes rivaling Saudi Arabia’s. Think, for example, of the popular Al-Jazeera. Now the Saudis seem determined to limit Qatari influence as much as possible.
Doha, under a cloud.
Saudi Arabia and Qatar have butted heads before, but this time seems different.
Will US President Trump and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ride together to rule in the Middle East?
The visit has wider implications for the entire Middle East.
Will the development of tech industry change the economic and social life Iranian youth?
Tehran is fostering a start-up industry as a possible motor to solve Iran's unemployment crisis.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks on a podium as U.S. President Donald Trump listens.
We asked an expert on diplomacy and foreign policy.
A view of Tehran, with its mix of traditional and modern design.
Without protection, Iran's spectacular American- and Italian-designed mid-century structures will be reduced to dust, beams and concrete blocks.