Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad so far has dodged questions about possible post-presidential roles with cryptic replies or inscrutable silence. Yet this much is clear: Despite his bravado at the United Nations and other international forums, he heads into the last months of his presidency politically wounded at home from skirmishes with Iran's ruling system.
Iran's president complained Wednesday about threats of military action from "uncivilized Zionists" and intimidation by nuclear-armed "hegemonic powers" in his address to the U.N. General Assembly.
The sister of a former U.S. Marine imprisoned in Iran on espionage charges said Wednesday that she's worried and shocked that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he's not familiar with her brother's case.
Egypt's new President Mohammed Morsi, making his debut on the global stage at the United Nations, said Wednesday that he will not rest until the civil war in Syria is brought to an end.
This is the week of Yom Kippur, when Jews reflect on the year just past and look forward to the new one in hopes of being entered in the Book of Life. The shofar (or ram's horn) is a plaintive cry from the heart, marking natural events of birth, death and renewal.
His expected campaign advantage on foreign-policy issues suddenly in doubt, President Obama at the United Nations on Tuesday portrayed the deaths of four Americans in Libya as a result of inflamed tensions over an anti-Islam movie produced in the U.S. rather than a terrorist attack aimed at his policies in dealing with the Arab Spring and Middle East unrest.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday expressed alarm at the "shrill war talk" between Iran and Israel, and urged leaders to cool their rhetoric.