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The Real Achievement of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Details of the accord matter less than the potential end of Washington's cold war with Tehran.<p>Right now, a thousand pundits and politicians are debating the details of Thursday’s framework nuclear deal with Iran. That’s fine. I think the details are far, far better than the alternative—which was a …

Middle East

The men in suits, not special forces, brought down Iran's Bond villain lair

Diplomacy - protracted, intense, often boring - has made the world a safer place. We should give thanks to the men and women at the negotiating table<p><b>The Fordow nuclear</b> plant in <b>Iran</b> comes close to fulfilling the fantasy of a Bond villain’s lair. Inside a hollowed-out mountain on the fringe of the …

Pentagon upgrades biggest ‘bunker buster’ bomb in case Iran talks fail - report

The Pentagon has upgraded and tested the largest bunker-buster bomb in the US, powerful enough to disable Iran’s most heavily fortified nuclear …

Ukraine prospects for peace: People on the edge of war

<b>It has been more than a month since a deal was reached to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine.</b><b>Fighting there has claimed some 6,000 lives and left more than a million people without homes since it began in early 2014.</b><b>The BBC's Natalia Antelava and Abdujalil Abdurasulov have been meeting people in</b> …

Russia

'Bond between strangers': Vietnam POW bracelet to unite pair after decades

Harold Flowers was 13 when his parents gave him a POW bracelet during the Vietnam War in 1968 – a metal band bearing the name of a U.S. soldier captured by the North Vietnamese.<p>Nearly 50 years later, Flowers, of Angier, N.C., tracked down the man whose name he wore around his wrist: 83-year-old …