In a surprise result, leading reformist candidate Hasan Rowhani won the election on a platform of solving the nuclear standoff with the West and reverse the crippling sanctions on the country.
Four years after the disputed reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sparked clashes between pro-democracy demonstrators and government forces, Iranians were back at the polls to elect a new president.
Voters, such as these women in Tehran, were offered a choice between eight candidates who had been preapproved by the authorities.
The kickoff of the five-day Royal Ascot in Berkshire, west of London, saw cheers, cries, and crazy bonnets. It’s all fun and games until the horse you bet on comes in second.
Since 1711, the Royal Ascot has drawn spectators from the see-and-be-seen set. Anneka Tanaka-Svenska, a conservationist and TV host, made an entrance worthy of Swan Lake.
After new evidence suggested Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces had used chemical weapons against the opposition, the Obama administration announced its decision to supply arms and ammunition to the rebels, making Syria’s intractable conflict even more complex.
Members of the Free Syrian Army fired a homemade rocket at soldiers loyal to Assad in Deir al-Zor, the largest city in eastern Syria, where government forces have battled rebels since 2011.
If anyone ever doubted that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was anything but beloved, these touching images of the great man in action (provided by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency) offer definite proof of the people’s adoration.
Kim Jong-un, the big one in black, is surrounded by admiring toddlers and children during a visit to a machine factory.
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