Tuesday briefing: What’s next for Iran?

Iranian authorities have sought to project order and control after President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian died in a helicopter crash. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber will assume the role of acting president and must organize elections within 50 days.

Here’s the latest.

Raisi’s death not only sets the stage for new presidential elections but also opens a new chapter of instability for the Islamic Republic.

Iran’s long shadow war with Israel came to light after the October 7 attack by Hamas, and the countries exchanged direct attacks. Domestically, many Iranians are calling for an end to clerical rule, and corruption and international sanctions have devastated the economy. Khamenei is 85 years old and his health is declining. Raisi, a conservative who crushed dissent, had been seen as a possible successor.

Accident details: Iranian state media blamed a “technical failure.” Some suggested that decades of international sanctions played a role in preventing Iran from purchasing new Western aircraft or parts.

Analysis: Iran’s next leaders, who are likely to be hardliners, will have to choose whether to continue to exercise caution in their confrontations with the United States.

Karim Khan, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, requested arrest warrants for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in Gaza. Khan wants to charge them with crimes against humanity in relation to the war in Gaza and the October 7 attack.

The prosecutor also sought warrants for Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, as well as Muhammad Deif, Hamas’s military leader, and Ismail Haniyeh, the group’s Qatar-based political leader.

The judges must approve Khan’s request, but Israel is not a member of the court and does not recognize its jurisdiction in Israel or Gaza, making this a largely symbolic gesture. If arrest warrants are issued, those named could be arrested in any of the court’s 124 member countries, which include most European countries but not the United States.

Reaction: President Biden condemned Khan’s decision to seek warrants for Israeli and Hamas officials at the same time. He said that “regardless of what this prosecutor may imply, there is no equivalence – none – between Israel and Hamas.”

Details: Khan said he believed the named Hamas members were responsible for murder as a crime against humanity, hostage-taking, rape and torture during the October 7 raid.

He also said Israeli leaders were criminally responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity, including using starvation as a weapon of war and “directing attacks against a civilian population.”

The marathon interrogation of Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former fixer and key witness in his trial, ended yesterday. With this the prosecution’s case concluded.

Cohen admitted to all kinds of bad behavior, including lying, bullying and stealing from the Trump Organization. Trump’s top lawyer, Todd Blanche, who obtained Cohen’s testimony about lying under oath in previous cases, also attempted to portray him as benefiting from his association with Trump.

Whats Next: Final arguments will most likely not occur until next Tuesday, according to the judge.

Blanche suggested to the judge that the defense could call three witnesses. She didn’t mention Trump; The former president could take the stand in his own defense, but people close to the case are skeptical that he would do so. Here’s how the rest of the trial could play out.

Muslims in India are struggling to live and raise their children in what is now a majority Hindu country. They know that India’s leaders don’t want them. They have difficulty renting houses and feel that their dear friends are moving away. Your neighbors are cold. They wonder if they should leave forever.

“It’s a lifeless life,” said Ziya Us Salam, a writer who lives on the outskirts of Delhi with his family.

Taylor Swift is everywhere. “The Tortured Poets Department” earned Swift her eighth No. 1 album on Billboard since 2020. In February, she became the first artist to win a fourth Grammy for album of the year.

But how does her success compare to that of her peers, like Beyoncé and Drake? And what about the greatest artists in pop history? Even Billy Joel said that he could only compare his popularity to Beatlemania. So we did the math. This is what we learned.

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