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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaking to foreign embassies and diplomatic mission representatives of Iran on Sunday. Photo: Iranian Presidency / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday issued a stern warning to President Trump against provoking Tehran through sanctions, telling Trump that "America should know ... war with Iran is the mother of all wars," Reuters reports.

“Mr Trump, don’t play with the lion’s tail, this would only lead to regret"
— Rouhani says, per Reuters, citing state new agency IRNA.

The backdrop: This comes as Iran faces impending sanctions after Trump in May withdrew the U.S. from a 2015 deal, under which the country has scaled back its nuclear program in exchange for international sanctions relief.

  • Meanwhile, U.S. officials told Reuters that the Trump administration has launched combative efforts to paint Iranian leaders in a negative light. Current and former officials also reportedly said the campaign is exaggerated or contradicts other official assertions, including statements made by previous administrations.
  • Rouhani's remarks come amid reports that Washington is seeking to destabilize Iran’s Islamic government, Reuters reports. But the leader left open the possibility of peace between both countries.

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China wins 1st gold of Tokyo Olympics

Silver medalist Anastasiia Galashina of Russia, gold medalist Yang Qian of China and bronze medalist Nina Christen of Switzerland celebrate on the podium after the 10m air rifle women's final. Photo:

China's Yang Qian won the first gold of the Tokyo Olympics, narrowly beating Anastasiia Galashina of the Russian Olympic Committee in the women's 10-meter air rifle final.

Why it matters: The first medal ceremony of the Games took on extra meaning after a year-long delay and other hurdles brought on by the pandemic. Athletes are required to hang medals around their own necks in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Journalism's two Americas

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There's a sharp divide in American journalism between haves and have-nots. While national journalists covering tech and politics on the coasts reap the benefits of booming businesses and book deals, local media organizations, primarily newspapers, continue to shrink.

Why it matters: The disparate fortunes skew what gets covered, elevating big national political stories at the expense of local, community-focused news.