Iran has seen a strong turnout in its first parliamentary elections since international sanctions were lifted. Moderate candidates want an end to the country's international isolation and are hoping to gain ground against religious hardliners.
British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe could see her five-year sentence lengthened. The case has become politicized after UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was accused of jeopardizing her defense.
Under Emmanuel Macron, France has sought to regain power and influence in the region. Amid escalating tensions, Iran's president suggested France play a key role by taking a "realistic" approach to emerging crises.
The results followed Iraq's demand that Monday's vote be annulled. Baghdad, Ankara and Tehran have all hinted at military intervention.
Iraq's central government has increased legal and economic pressure on Kurdistan following an independence vote. The Kurds now find themselves pinned in on all sides.
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