They are forging economic ties with the Muslim world at a time when interest in Islam is also growing.
Washington warns of new sanctions after a UN report says Iran is expanding nuclear enrichment activities.
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.