Smiling woman wrapping Iranian flag around her shoulders (© Robert F. Bukaty/AP Images)

Iranian Olympian has defected

Iran’s only female Olympic medalist said her decision to leave Iran was difficult, but necessary.
Coffins being carried through crowds of mourners in Iran (© AP Images)

Masih Alinejad: When a crowd is not what it seems

A critic of Iran's regime says recent funeral processions hide the truth about Qassem Soleimani. See how many Iranians feel about the deceased general.
President Trump and two people in uniform saluting; Trump quote about American strength as deterrent (The White House/Shealah Craighead)

President Trump on U.S. resolve against Iran [infographic]

In remarks from the White House, President Trump emphasized the importance of America's role in peace and stability in the Middle East.
Painting showing boy sitting in tree by mountain (© Katsushika Hokusai/Freer|Sackler Gallery of Art)

Hokusai: ‘Mad about painting’ exhibition in Washington

Japanese master artist Hokusai was a "man mad about painting." And a new exhibition at the Freer Gallery shows how brilliant an obsession it was.
Aircraft dropping red substance on fire (© Noah Berger/AP Images)

U.S. sends firefighters to Australia to help fight blazes

The United States is sending firefighters and wildfire specialists to Australia to help fight the fires that have already consumed millions of hectares.
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U.S.: Iran’s ‘Guard Corps’ is a terrorist organization

By designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, the U.S. has more tools to counter Iran's global campaign of terrorism.
Young soldiers marching (© Ebrahim Noroozi/AP Images)

Iran exports violence and repression

Iran suppresses its own people through a volunteer paramilitary force loyal to the regime and trains others outside of Iran on how to do the same.
Three men seated, raising hands to vote under Venezuela government seal (© Fernando Llano/AP Images)

Why Guaidó’s role in Venezuela’s National Assembly matters

When Venezuela's National Assembly recognized Juan Guaidó as interim president, it was asserting the rule of law over Nicolás Maduro's corruption.
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Protecting the Titanic wreck site

The Titanic is an important historical artifact. Under an agreement that has now come into force, the wreck site will be protected and secured.