The U.S. State Department has singled out Pakistan, Iran, and three Central Asian countries for policies violating religious freedom.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is calling on young Iranians involved in street protests against the government in Tehran to view the United States as a "natural ally" in their quest for freedom and democracy.
Turkey has slammed the conviction of a Turkish banker found guilty in a federal court in New York of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, calling it a “legal disgrace.”
Reports from Iran say an 18-year-old man who was convicted of raping and killing a child when he was 16 has been hanged, despite calls by United Nations rights officials and Amnesty International to stop the execution.
On Wednesday, the sixth day of widespread protests against the ruling system in Iran, exiled Prince Reza Pahlavi has called on the police and security forces to join the demonstrators.
An Israeli military court has charged three Palestinian men with planning "terrorist" attacks in Israel with backing from Iran, according to Israel's security agency.
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have deployed forces to three provinces to put down anti-government unrest after six days of protests.