According to multiple reports, several Iranian young people arrested for appearing in a YouTube video dancing to Pharrell’s hit single “Happy” have been freed. The move comes after the country’s president, Hassan Rouhani tweeted, “#Happiness is our people's right. We shouldn't be too hard on behaviors caused by joy," apparently in response to the arrests. Fox News reports that though the three dancers have been released, the video's director is still incarcerated. Authorities in the country—where co-ed dancing is illegal and women are prohibited from appearing without hijabs according to the Islamic law—tracked down the six dancers from the video soon after it started garnering thousands of views on YouTube. After news of the arrest began to spread online, human rights activists around the world tweeted their support for the filmmakers under the hashtag #FreeHappyIranians. Even Pharrell expressed his support for his fans, tweeting, “It's beyond sad these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness" ... Discuss

On Friday, the government of Iran agreed to a deal, saying that they would limit their nuclear program and give international inspectors more access to production sites within the country. In exchange, the United States and other western countries agreed to lift nearly $7 billion in financial sanctions. The agreement is part of an effort to prevent Iran from acquiring stockpiles of nuclear weapons. After signing the six-month deal, however, there did seem to be some confusion concerning some important details—over the weekend Iran President Hassan Rouhani said that the agreement preserved the country’s "right" to enrich uranium, a claim Secretary of State John Kerry disputed.

Despite the confusion, the deal has been met with both praise and criticism from other leaders. Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and State Department official Thomas Pickering called it “The beginning of the end of the Iranian nuclear weapons program." But, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deal with Tehran will be remember as “a historic mistake” and that the Iranian government can not be trusted. In Iran, non-elected local leaders and mullahs regularly call for the destruction of Israel … Discuss

Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Iranian officials today in Geneva to discuss a possible deal that would freeze the country’s nuclear program. In exchange for the “first stage” of an agreement to suspend the nuclear production for six months, the U.S. would lift economic sanctions against Iran. The possible deal is not without its critics though; according to a New York Time’s report, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the agreement would be a “grievous historic error,” because the country would still be able to enrich uranium and restart their nuclear program down the road. Even though U.S. officials are optimistic about the common ground that could be found in the agreement with Iran, they also confirmed that Iranian officials do not have any intention of breaking ties with their allies like Hezbollah or Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ... Discuss

Evangelist Billy Graham has posted an open letter to recently-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on his ministry’s website, asking him to free Christian pastor Saeed Abedini from prison. Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of Abedini being sent to prison for unspecified charges of endangering Iran’s national security. Abedini’s case has been the subject of international scrutiny, with more than 650,000 people (including Secretary of State John Kerry) signing a petition requesting his release. In his letter, Graham said, “Such an action would, I believe, have a positive impact in our nation, and might well be perceived by our leadership as a significant step in reducing tensions."

President Hassan Rouhani recently made headlines after he wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post, saying that he hopes that the United States and Iran would be able to “work together to end the unhealthy rivalries and interferences that fuel violence and drive us apart.” So far, Rouhani’s tone has been starkly different from his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. At his first U.N. speech this week, Rouhani offered to negotiate with U.S. officials over the country’s controversial nuclear program, and in an interview with CNN, he further diverted from the rhetoric of Ahmadinejad, who famously called the holocaust a myth. Rouhani told CNN that "the crime the Nazis created toward the Jews is reprehensible and condemnable." So far, Rouhani’s administration is yet to issue a response to Graham’s letter … Discuss

Just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote a scathing op-ed in the New York Times about how America is not “exceptional”, the new president of Iran has penned a piece for another major American newspaper. In an editorial for The Washington Post, Hassan Rouhani took a very different tone, saying that under his leadership, he hopes that Iran and the United States could “work together to end the unhealthy rivalries and interferences that fuel violence and drive us apart.”

The newly elected leader claimed that his country’s nuclear program—a contentious issue between Iran and American allies—is only for energy. Though many world leaders remain skeptical about the claim, Rouhani said, "We have never pursued or sought a nuclear bomb and we are not going to do so." Rouhani wrote that, “Rather than focusing on how to prevent things from getting worse, we need to think—and talk—about how to make things better." White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the President believes there could be “an opportunity for diplomacy,” but there are no plans for a face-to-face meeting … Discuss

A massive, 7.8 magnitude earthquake has struck an area in southeast Iran. It’s the most powerful earthquake in the region in nearly four decades. According to the BBC, there are currently conflicting reports about the amounts of damage and the death toll in the region. A report from Iranian state TV initially said that no one has been killed, though an earlier television story reported 40 deaths … Discuss