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Renewed fears that Iran could attack West

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A foiled plot to bomb a rally of Iranian dissidents in Paris "has sparked growing anxiety in France, Germany and several other countries, including the United States and Israel, that Iran is planning audacious terrorist attacks and has stepped up its intelligence operations around the world," per the WashPost.

Why it's happening: Iranian leaders are "under pressure from domestic protesters, Israeli intelligence operatives and the Trump administration, which is reimposing economic sanctions lifted under President Barack Obama."

Poll: Countries trust Xi and Putin more than Trump

A Pew poll of 25 countries found that just 27% of respondents, on average, have confidence in President Trump to "do the right thing regarding world affairs." The lowest scores come in Mexico (6%) and European countries like France (9%) and Germany (10%).

Adapted from Pew Research Center, Spring 2018 Global Attitudes Survey; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The bigger picture: While views of the U.S. around the world have slumped considerably since Trump took office, 50% across the 25 countries sampled still view the U.S. favorably, compared to 43% unfavorably. Large pluralities in nearly every country would rather the U.S. — over China — be the world's preeminent power. However, views of the U.S. in some closely allied countries like Canada are frostier than at any point in the annual survey's 18-year history.