Monday, May 02, 2016


Amir started his publishing career lampooning Iranian life.

From Blog To Telegram, Iranian Citizen Journalist Keeps Challenging Regime

An Iranian emigre toils over serious questions of nuclear safety all day, but his nights are filled with humor -- often at the expense of Iran's leadership. More

A militant fighting for Russia-backed separatist forces aims his weapon near the town of Avdiyivka, outside Donetsk,.

'Too Many Troops Willing To Fire'

With so many opposing troops massed in close proximity along the line of separation, you can expect more civilians to be caught in the line of fire in eastern Ukraine. RFE/RL spoke to International Crisis Group adviser Paul Quinn-Judge about the scale of the problem. More

Video Kerry Hails Efforts Against IS, Says Saudis Could Do More

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says there's been "slow and steady" progress in the international community's battle against the Islamic State militant group. More

Iranian women display their ink-stained fingers after casting their ballot for the second round of parliamentary elections at a polling station in Robat Karim, some 40 kilometers southwest of the capital, Tehran.

Could Runoffs Tilt Iran's Balance Of Power?

Two months after elections that brought Iran's moderates back in from the cold, runoff votes to fill nearly one-quarter of the parliament could still pack some surprises. More

Reza Zarrab, a dual citizen of Turkey and his native Iran, is surrounded by journalists as he arrives at a police center in Istanbul in December  2013. Will his U.S. trial expose facts Turkey's president would rather not be made public?

U.S. Arrest Awakens Ghosts Of Turkey's Iran-Gold Scandal

A Turkish political scandal centered on funneling gold to sanctions-hit Iran three years ago could get a new life as U.S. authorities prosecute a key suspect. More


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