USA and Israel at odds over possible Iran attack
The spectre of another Middle Eastern war cast a shadow over the Israeli prime minister’s US visit, as the two old allies clashed over Iran’s nuclear programme. Is war on the horizon?
Tensions rise over Iranian weapons programme
For years, the prospect of a nuclear Iran has haunted the Middle East. With the rogue state closer than ever to building the dreaded bomb, are we heading for a showdown?
Israel ‘likely’ to bomb Iran soon, says US official
There is no prospect in the world Israel fears more than that of a nuclear Iran. With this scenario drawing ever closer, a conflict between the two countries may be imminent.
Nuclear scientist assassinated: Iran blames West
A professor who may have been working on Iran’s nuclear programme has been killed by a car bomb. Analysts say the blast is part of a black-ops, spy campaign against the Iranian regime.
‘Super-destroyer’ sent to Gulf as Iran tensions grow
Naval forces around one of the world’s most crucial sea trade routes are on high alert, as a long-running nuclear dispute between Iran and the West gets more bitter by the day.
Pariah Iran defies world with nuclear ambition
The United Nations is worried that Iran has advanced its plans to acquire nuclear weapons. But international pressure to stop could fail: this is a nation that's happy to make enemies.
Iranian terror plot foiled by druglord informant
In a saga more like Hollywood than real life, an Iranian terror plot against the US and Saudi Arabia has been foiled. The planned assassination might have caused international mayhem.
Rivalries and rifts behind Syria’s agonies
This week, the Syrian army has launched a bloody crackdown against democracy protesters. Foreign leaders are appalled. But religious and ethnic conflicts muddy the waters.
Death penalty offenders: China, Iran and America
Fewer people were executed worldwide last year, as nations gradually turn their backs on the death penalty. But judicial killings remain high in secretive authoritarian countries and the US.
Middle East in turmoil as wave of protest spreads
Anti-government demonstrations have taken place this week across the Arab World. Old regimes are suddenly afraid. A new dawn for democracy?
Nuke plant sabotaged in high tech strike
Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons has been delayed by a computer virus. But a major victory for cyber-warfare could unleash more such attacks.