Iranians on June 14 will cast ballots to pick a successor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is barred by the constitution from seeking a third consecutive term. Candidates had until May 11 to register for the race, with 686 signing up.
For two neighbors who don’t trust each other and for centuries were engaged in fierce strategic and religious competition, it is remarkable that Sunni Turkey and Shiite Iran haven’t gone to war over their border since 1639. As Turkish leaders walk a diplomatic tightrope over U.S.-led efforts to pressure Iran into abandoning a suspected nuclear-weapons program, their overriding priority is to keep it that way.
The emirate of Abu Dhabi, having spent billions last year bailing out glitzy neighbor Dubai, is turning to more distant Fujairah to ensure safe, quick passage for its oil exports and improve the nation’s food security.
Iran warned countries in the Persian Gulf to avoid siding with the U.S. and refrain from participating in any “plots” against the Iranian nation, the state-run Tehran Times reported, citing parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani.