Anti-government demonstrations in Iran initially broke out against the weak economy and a rise in food prices, but they've also been drawing opponents of the country's religious establishment.
Iran's president is on a high-profile visit to Iraq, focused on trade. The visit sends a signal that Iran has regional options against the United States' "maximum pressure" campaign against Tehran.
Forty years ago, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini founded the Islamic Republic of Iran. There is little excitement left from those times; even pro-reform forces are exhausted, except for the women among them.
Iran's US-educated foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has announced his resignation on social media. Shortly after, an aide to President Hassan Rouhani denied that Zarif's resignation had been accepted.
Shahroudi was one of the most powerful clerics in Iran. As the former head of the judiciary, human rights groups say he was responsible for more than 2,000 executions.
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