The Iranian judiciary's denial that the detained US hikers were about to be released may reflect a power struggle between President Ahmadinejad and clerics.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is struggling to form a new Iraqi government, visited Iran today as part of a tour that highlights regional influence in Iraq.
American hiker Sarah Shourd has been reunited with her family, but questions remain over the two Americans still in Iranian custody.
The president offers little support for protestors to avoid alienating Iran’s supreme leader ahead of nukes talks.
Optimistic comments from the Iranian foreign minister suggest that an accord with West may yet be reached.