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A once-in-a-generation expedition to the Arctic

Rick Noack explains why tensions between the U.S. and Iran have reached new heights. Science reporter Sarah Kaplan on an expedition to the Arctic. And Kareem Fahim on the death of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president.
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Rising tensions with Iran
Last week, there were two attacks against tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The Trump administration is pointing fingers at Iran — though many U.S. allies are asking for more evidence to link Iran to the incident.

“Tensions between Iran and the United States had been quite high for some time,” reporter Rick Noack explains. The relationship between the two countries has been deteriorating since the United States abandoned the 2015 nuclear accord and reimposed a near-total embargo on the Iranian economy in the fall.

Now, in another escalation in the standoff, Iran says it will increase its enriched-uranium stockpile beyond limits set by the 2015 deal.

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The persistent cold at the top of the world was like a “keystone in an arch”
This September, a crew of scientists will drive a ship into the Siberian Arctic, cut the engine and let the water freeze around them. They’ll spend the next year frozen in the ice, letting it carry them toward the North Pole, in hopes of understanding what the rapidly warming Arctic will mean for the Earth.

“For as long as there have been humans, we've had ice covering the North Pole year-round. And that plays a really important role in stabilizing weather systems across the whole planet,” science reporter Sarah Kaplan says. “But that ice is vanishing and shrinking at an accelerating rate. And scientists need to know what is happening, how fast it's vanishing and what the consequences of that will be.”

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Mohamed Morsi is dead
Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, collapsed in court and died while facing espionage charges, according to Egyptian state media.

Post reporter Kareem Fahim, who covered Morsi’s rise and fall from power in 2013, says that there are remaining questions over his treatment while in prison.

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