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How Biden could avoid Obama’s biggest Iran mistake

Resistance to nuclear deal with Iran runs deep in American politics. Ignoring that reality brought us to this sorry pass. That mistake should not be repeated.
Soldiers from 2nd Platoon Fox Co. of the 2-506th Infantry Battalion in the Sabari district of Khost province, Afghanistan. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

Why the US shouldn’t withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan and Iraq

The US still has important interests in the regions and pulling out without a plan would only ensure it is forced to return when conditions deteriorate and threats re-emerge.
File image of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani | Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg

Iran becoming more secular, less religious, new study reveals

Our results revealed dramatic changes in Iranian religiosity. Compared with Iran’s 99.5% census figure, we found that only 40% identified as Muslim.

Iran executes wrestler Navid Afkari after Trump asks for clemency, says state TV

Afkari's case drew global attention after a campaign showed him and his brothers as victims targeted over participating in protests against Iran's Shiite theocracy in 2018.
File image of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani | Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg

Who said Iran does not buckle under pressure? Just ask IAEA

Iran was previously forced to begin negotiations that led to the 2015 nuclear deal. This time around Iran has agreed to give IAEA access to inspect two of its nuclear sites.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during the Munich Security Conference at the Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich, Germany, Saturday | Photo: Michaela Handrek-Rehle | Bloomberg

Pompeo rebukes allies on Iran, demands UN reimpose global sanctions

US move finds no supporters as France, Germany & UK said they remained committed to the 2015 deal that eased sanctions in return for restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program.
Attendees sit during a United Nations Security Council briefing with Mike Pompeo, U.S. secretary of state, in New York | Jeenah Moon | Bloomberg File photo

Stage set for diplomatic crisis as UNSC rejects Washington’s bid to extend Iran arms ban

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said the UN Security Council’s failure to act decisively in defence of international peace and security is 'inexcusable'.
An Iranian national flag flies in Bandar Abbas, Iran (Representative image) | Bloomberg

Iranian forces boarded a tanker ship in international waters, US says

The ship was most recently near the Strait of Hormuz, a critical trade choke-point that borders Iran and accounts for about one-third of the world’s seaborne oil flows.
Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, gestures while speaking during the Munich Security Conference in Germany in February 2020 | Michaela Handrek-Rehle | Bloomberg

The US is using the UN to destroy the UN, writes Iran’s foreign minister Jawad Zarif

Zarif says the US has become the first govt in UN history to not just violate a binding resolution it itself sponsored, but also punish those that uphold international law.
The Chinese flag (representational image) | Pixabay

Even China’s friends like Russia & Iran are having a problem with its assertiveness

Countries like Russia, Iran and Kazakhstan are struggling as they still need investment, trade and diplomatic support from China, while preserving some independence.

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Retiring early can be bad for the brain

Retiring early and working less has many benefits, such as reduced stress, better diets and more sleep. But as we found, it also has adverse effects.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.


Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

No ‘major’ build-up at LoC but Pakistan pushing new Chinese-made assault rifles into Kashmir

Security forces have recovered EMEI Type 97 NSR rifles, manufactured by Chinese firm Norinco, which they believe were dropped into J&K through drones.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.