A different kind of domestic unrest in Iran. In Ahvaz, a city only about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the embattled Iraqi city of Basra, gunmen opened fire on an Iranian military parade commemorating the end of the Iran-Iraq War. Dozens of people were killed. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, but its claims have not been confirmed. The Iranian government believes it was the work of Arab separatists backed by Saudi Arabia and the United States. Iran has since closed its border crossings to Iraq. There’s no evidence to suggest the violence in Basra is related to violence in Ahvaz, but considering the influence Iran has over Iraq, and considering how Iraqis buck that influence from time to time, it’s best to think about this holistically.
The latest episode of Brexit drama comes courtesy of Scotland and France. It started when Scotland asked the European Court of Justice to determine whether the United Kingdom could legally revoke its request to leave the European Union. Now, the ruling won’t have much bearing on Brexit, but it goes to show just how divided the U.K. is on the issue. Enter France, which is allegedly responsible for the EU’s taking a hard line against the United Kingdom during this week’s informal summit in Salzburg. (Though, in truth, the substance of what was said was no different from what the EU side has said many times before.) British Prime Minister Theresa May may stand to benefit. She’s taken the opportunity to direct blame for the “impasse” onto her negotiating partners across the channel. British media have already mostly rallied behind her, perhaps improving her standing within her Conservative Party ahead of an important party conference beginning Sept. 30. All the while, European Council President Donald Tusk says a Brexit compromise is still possible.
- India canceled talks with Pakistan following the death of an Indian border guard in Kashmir.
- The presidents of Russia and Belarus and several of their Cabinet members met in Sochi to discuss bilateral ties.
- Russia’s central bank said it has the resources and tools necessary for banks to meet their commitments to citizens in any currency.
- China ended the latest round of trade talks with the U.S. The decision comes after Washington placed sanctions on a Chinese military unit.
- Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said he was ready for negotiations with Israel within the framework of the Middle East quartet. French President Emmanuel Macron pledged his support for resuming talks and for a two-state solution.
- Officials from the International Monetary Fund were expected to announce a new funding deal for Ukraine before they left Kiev. They did not. The officials said talks were ongoing and encouraged Kiev to enact reforms that support macroeconomic stability.