Those who have been following the story of Saeed Abedini, the American pastor who was sentenced to eight years in a brutal Iranian prison for his Christian faith, were shocked to learn his name was not even mentioned as part of the nuclear deal struck with Iran last month.
The so-called Geneva agreement -- signed by six world powers this past weekend -- alleviates some economic sanctions against the Republic of Iran in exchange for limited concession vis-à-vis their nuclear program.
The Obama administration has been quietly working to lift sanctions on Iran as the country vows to continue its nuclear program.
Though Secretary of State John Kerry signed the UN Arms Trade Treaty in September, there are positive signs that the treaty will be dead on arrival in the Senate.
United States defense officials revised the 1997 Guidelines for U.S. and Japan Defense Cooperation Thursday to include drone surveillance and U.S. Marine relocation. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with their Japanese counterparts in Tokyo for the first meeting of its kind in 16 years.
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