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Hassan Rouhani wins Iran presidential election

<b>Reformist-backed cleric Hassan Rouhani has won Iran's presidential election, securing just over 50% of the vote and so avoiding the need for a run-off.</b><p>Crowds gathered in Tehran to hail Mr Rouhani, who said he had achieved a "victory of moderation over extremism".<p>Some 72.2% of the 50 million …

Syria's Assad denounces 'puppet' opponents in TV address

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/942000/942138_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534397646_556175e4a988c674a062bcb98a201c0a<p><b>Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has delivered a rare TV address, denouncing his opponents as "enemies of God and puppets of the West".</b><p>He lamented the …

Iraqi security forces fight militants in Anbar province

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1040000/1040924_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534427798_65beaaaa8ca56370071c5f282b6d2f5b<p><b>Special forces have clashed with hundreds of Sunni militants in two Iraqi cities.</b><p>The clashes with the fighters from the al-Qaeda linked Islamic State …

Experts fear Russia attacks are terrorist probes ahead of Sochi Olympics

Several leading counter-terrorism experts fear that the two terror attacks in Volgograd, Russia that killed at least 34 people on Sunday and Monday --and another suicide bombing in nearby Pyatigorsk that killed three people Friday -- are probes in advance of a larger attack against either the Sochi …

US Olympic CEO: Russian bombings 'a preview of what could happen' in Sochi

With just over a month to go before the Winter Olympics get underway in Russia, a top U.S. Olympic official addressed the pair of deadly attacks during a 24-hour period this week in the Russian city of Volgograd.<p>“We’re concerned,’’ Scott Blackmun, CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, told Matt Lauer …

Deadly explosion hits Lebanese capital

A powerful explosion in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital Beirut - stronghold of the Shia armed group Hezbollah - has killed at least six people and left another 66 wounded.<p>The car bombing occurred during Thursday's rush hour in the city's Haret Hreik neighbourhood, but casualty figures …

Soldiers killed by suicide bomber in Yemen

A suicide car bombing at the security headquarters in Yemen's southern city of Aden killed at least three soldiers in what appeared to be an al-Qaeda attack, police have said.<p>The car exploded as it rammed into the front gate of the Aden security offices at dawn on Tuesday, wounding at least seven …

Deaths reported in Syria shelling

At least 14 people have been killed in two separate shellings near the Syrian capital Damascus and the northern city of Aleppo.<p>In one incident, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said, a tank shell hit a bus in the Tariq al-Bab neighbourhood of Aleppo on Tuesday, killing 10 people, …

Iran claims nuclear negotiations progress

Talks with P5+1 group on implementing interim deal under way in Geneva amid reports of return of ex-Iranian negotiator.<p>Iran's chief negotiator has said talks in Geneva with world powers through the night on implementing a nuclear deal had made "good progress".<p>Negotiations continued throughout the …

Lebanon 'holds' al-Qaeda linked group leader

A Saudi man who allegedly leads a group linked to al-Qaeda which operates throughout the Middle East has been arrested by military authorities in Lebanon, according to US national security sources.<p>Two US sources said that media reports from Lebanon that Lebanese Armed Forces had recently captured …

Sunni tribesmen seize buildings in Iraqi city

Sunni Muslim tribesmen in Iraq's Anbar province have seized control of all police stations in Fallujah, with armed men removing all officials from their posts as the army remains positioned outside the city's borders.<p>Employees were allowed to leave before some government buildings and property were …

Lebanon says head of Sunni group arrested

Lebanese troops have arrested Majid al-Majid, alleged leader of an al-Qaeda-linked Sunni Muslim group that claimed a double suicide bombing at the Iranian embassy in Beirut in November.<p>Fayez Ghosn, Lebanese defence minister, told AFP news agency on Wednesday that Majid, the so-called emir of the …

Heavy fighting rages in Iraq's Anbar province

Heavy fighting raged between the Iraqi military and Sunni fighters in Anbar province, after gunmen seized control of several police stations there.<p>An interior ministry official told AFP news agency on Thursday that al-Qaeda-linked fighters were in control of large parts of Anbar's Fallujah and …

'Al-Qaeda' kills Yemen intelligence officer

Suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen killed an intelligence officer in the south Yemen port city of Aden, a security official said.<p>Colonel Marwan al-Maqbali was leaving his house on Thursday in Al-Qalua neighbourhood when he was fired on from a car carrying gunmen "suspected of belonging to Al-Qaeda", the …

Iraqi Kurdistan's oil flows to Turkey

Crude oil has started flowing from Iraqi Kurdistan to Turkey but will not be exported worldwide without the Iraqi central government's permission.<p>Taner Yildiz, Turkish energy minister, said on Thursday that the oil would be kept in storage at the country's Ceyhan export hub and that he hoped that …