For decades, Iran's controversial nuclear program has gotten on the nerves of the Western capitals. The latest seven-month talks extension between Tehran and the world powers have once again reminded the international community how hard it is to strike a fine deal.
The war in Afghanistan, fought for 13 bloody years and still raging, came to a formal end Sunday with a quiet flag-lowering ceremony in Kabul that marked the transition of the fighting from US-led combat troops to the country's own security forces.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's visit to Turkey on Thursday aimed to strengthen recent efforts to normalize ties between the two neighbors that were long at odds over several issues, including Turkey's independent energy ties with Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region.
Russia's recent efforts to hold a dialogue bringing together representatives of the Syrian government and opposition parties have been deemed positive towards figuring out a political solution to the country's long-running conflict.
Iran and the world powers decided late last month to extend again the deadline for a comprehensive agreement on Tehran's controversial nuclear program to July, next year, the second such move this year.