Iran

In the final weeks of his often-turbulent presidency, Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad paid a two-day visit to Iraq during which he visited two of Shi’ite Islam’s holiest shrines, while also meeting separately with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other officials. Meanwhile, unidentified gunmen kidnapped an employee of the Iranian embassy in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa over the weekend, although their intentions remain unclear and no claims of responsibility have been received. (July 21, 2013 The Associated Press; July 21, 2013 Deutsche Welle)