As spying disclosures lead to questions about U.S. stewardship of the Internet, Brazil is trying to steer a new direction of governance for a technology responsible for one-fifth of the developed world’s economic growth over the past five years.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al- Maliki is banking on sales from the highest crude oil output in 35 years to earn him a third term even as he struggles against an emboldened al-Qaeda and a surge in political violence.
A group of nine Iranian lawmakers urged the country’s justice minister to investigate claims that political prisoners in Tehran’s Evin jail were beaten by guards, after inmates’ families protested outside parliament.
Oman’s plan to build a $1 billion natural-gas pipeline from Iran is the latest sign that Saudi Arabia is failing to bind its smaller Gulf neighbors into a tighter bloc united in hostility to the Islamic Republic.
Ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers face no “insurmountable barriers,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says in article in Foreign Affairs magazine. Also says: * Iran will endeavor to resolve outstanding issues * Will work to “gradually” ease tensions with U.S. * NOTE: Three rounds of talks held in Vienna, a fourth round scheduled for mid-May
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who has pledged to create equal work opportunities for women, said their increased involvement in society needn’t come at the expense of their roles as wives and mothers.