US President Barack Obama has spoken on the phone to Iranian President Hassan Rohani. It's the highest-level contact between the US and Iran since 1979. So what does this mean for their future relationship? Marc Perelman puts the question to Stephen J. Hadley, former National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush.
Recently, chilling news came from Yemen. An 8-year-old girl by the name of Raman died from internal bleeding. The alleged reason: side effects after sexual intercourse with her 40-year-old husband on the night of their wedding. Since then, there have been conflicting reports about what really happened, with local authorities denying the story. But it did cast the spotlight on the issue of child weddings, which are legal in Yemen.
Should the US stop policing the world? No, says former State Department official and Chatham House Fellow, Xenia Dormandy. But she tells Annette Young that it is time for the world to step up to the plate and share the burden if it wants to keep the American public on board.
The eyes of the world were on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani when he stepped up to the podium at the United Nations General Assembly this week, with friends and foes of the Iranian regime divided over whether the conciliatory tone by the newly elected president signals a real change in policy towards the West.
Conventional wisdom held that Islamist al Shabaab fighters had been weakened by military defeats in Somalia and by internal divisions. But the Nairobi mall attack, which they claimed responsibility for, has proved analysts wrong. They are still a powerful force, able to carry out a large-scale attack outside Somalia. But who are al Shabaab? Our guest Benoît Hazard gives us his analysis of the movement and the growing influence of foreign Islamist fighters upon it.