A veiled Muslim doll launched in 2002, the Iranian Sara, has failed to counter Barbie's popularity in Tehran.
Russia sent two long-range bombers to Venezuela Wednesday and will send warships and soldiers for joint exercises in November.
The GOP vice-presidential candidate talked about Israel, Pakistan, and preemptive strikes in an ABC interview.
Ministers of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries meet Tuesday in Vienna and may unofficially ease back on production levels that are above OPEC quotas.
Many Iranians see the Nuclear Suppliers Group's Saturday decision that could permit nuclear trade with India as a double standard.
The Nuclear Suppliers Group agreed Saturday to lift a 34-year ban on selling nuclear technology to India, even though it hasn't signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Fatalities from improvised explosive devices, the biggest killer of US troops in Iraq, declined 78 percent over the past year.