TEHRAN — For Iranians, Asghar Farhadi, whose movie “The Salesman” won the Academy Award for best foreign language film on Sunday, is more than just a filmmaker.
SPIJKENISSE, the Netherlands — He wants to end immigration from Muslim countries, tax head scarves and ban the Quran. He is partly of Indonesian heritage, and dyes his hair bright blond.
BEIJING Chinese state media has reacted with anger and threats of boycotts after the board of an affiliate of South Korea’s Lotte Group approved a land swap with the government that will enable authorities to deploy a U.S.
KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia’s authorities were aware of two North Korea-linked companies operating an arms business in the Southeast Asian country and they were being “struck off”, the police chief said on Tuesday following a Reuters report that identified the firms.
HAMAM AL-ALIL, Iraq — One week after Iraqi forces began their push into western Mosul, American firepower is playing an essential role in softening the opposition from the Islamic State.
WASHINGTON Senior officials from the United States, South Korea and Japan discussed ways to further restrict funding for North Korea’s weapons programs during talks in Washington on Monday, the countries said in a joint statement.
UNITED NATIONS The U.N. Security Council is set to vote on Tuesday on a bid by Western powers to ban the supply of helicopters to the Syrian government and to blacklist Syrian military commanders over accusations of toxic gas attacks, despite a pledge by Russia to veto the move.
SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi forces seized a damaged Mosul bridge on Monday which could link up their units on either side of the Tigris river, as thousands of civilians fled the fighting for Islamic State’s remaining stronghold in the west of the city.