Iran of all countries is making friendly little gestures toward us. In diplomatic language, this is called a thaw. In ordinary language, it's called Prozac in the water.

- The Iranian government has removed that 10-year-old death-threat against the writer Salman Rushdie. Even before Rushdie's book, "The Satanic Verses," went on sale over there, the price on his head had already been marked down.Los Angeles Times Syndicate