Iran's former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died Sunday after a
decades-long career in the ruling elite, where his moderate views were
not always welcome but his cunning guided him through revolution, war
and the country's turbulent politics.
The political survivor's life spanned the trials of Iran's modern history, from serving as a close aide to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during the 1979 Islamic Revolution to acting as a go-between in the Iran-Contra deal. He helped found Iran's contested nuclear program, but later backed the accord with world powers to limit it in exchange for sanctions relief.
A Palestinian truck driver rammed his vehicle into a crowd of Israeli
soldiers at a popular Jerusalem tourist spot Sunday, killing four people
and wounding 17 others in the deadliest single attack of more than a
year of Israeli-Palestinian violence.
The attack came at a time of heightened tensions in Jerusalem, where Palestinians have warned of dire consequences if incoming PresidentDonald Trumpfollows through on his promise to move the U.S. Embassy to the city. The atmosphere among Israelis is also charged following last week's manslaughter conviction of an Israeli soldier who fatally shot a wounded Palestinian attacker.