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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 …

South Asia

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

Middle East

Iraqi security forces fight militants in Anbar province<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 …


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 …


Kerry pressing for Mideast peace framework

Amb. Dennis Ross talks with Richard Lui about Secretary of State John Kerry’s hope to establish a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians by April.