World Bulletin / News Desk
Iran's Behdad Salimikordasiabi won gold in the headline event of the London Olympic weightlifting competition on Tuesday to claim the title of strongest man at the Games.
His fellow countryman Sajjad Anoushiravani Hamlabad took the silver to seal a one-two that delighted a crowed packed with Iranian supporters and asserted the country's dominance in the Games' ultimate test of strength.
"In Iran I know they're all partying in the street already," Salimi said smiling and holding a permanently ringing mobile phone in one hand.
There was a party atmosphere in the ExCel arena too where dozens of Iranian flags were unfurled while whistles blew and air horns parped to the beat of the chant "Ir-an, Ir-an".
After receiving their medals, the lifters left the platform to embrace friends in the crowd accompanied by the hugely popular two-time Olympic champion Hossein Rezazadeh, now president of the country's weightlifting federation.
The 22-year-old world and Olympic champion, known as "Salimi", took victory with two lifts to spare when the challenge of Russia's Ruslan Albegov faded.
"I represented the last opportunity for the Russian team. I tried the best I could," Albegov said, reflecting on a disappointing weightlifting competition that returned five silver medals and a bronze, but no gold, from their 10-strong squad.
The winning total of 455kg comprised a 208kg lift in the snatch round and a 247kg clean and jerk.
That put him 6kg ahead of silver medallist, training partner and fellow countryman Anoushiravani who joined him on the platform at the end of the competition to hoist an Iranian flag.
Salimi was tied with Russia's Albegov at the halfway stage after both completed snatch lifts of 208kg, but the Iranian was too strong in the clean and jerk discipline where his first lift proved enough to beat off the rest of the field.
The crowd roared their approval as Salimi then attempted a 264kg clean and jerk that would have taken the world record from Rezazadeh, who was cheering on from the technical area by the stage.
However the lift proved too much and after failing his first of two possible attempts, with gold already secured, he unbuckled his belt and remained on the platform to lap up the applause of a crowd featuring a large and noisy Iranian contingent.
Salimi later told reporters that a lengthy gap between lifts had allowed his body to go cold and affected his ability to make the lift.
"My first goal was to get the gold medal. I came here to get the gold medal and maybe in the future I will go for the record," he said.
Beijing Olympic champion Matthias Steiner did not finish the event after receiving a blow to the head from the falling bar when his arms buckled on a 196kg snatch attempt. Germany's Steiner left the stage on his feet, raising a hand to acknowledge the cheers of the crowd.
"He is OK but was not able to continue with the competition for medical reasons. I do not think it is very serious, but the doctors are checking him over," said Germany's Olympic mission chief Michael Vesper.
Residents of Falluja and the nearby town of Garma said helicopters fired artillery and dropped three barrel bombs on Falluja and two on Garma.
With the attacks entering its third week, the Palestinian death toll rose to 616, including nearly 100 children and many other civilians
The meeting is the first of the two absolute monarchs since a major rift between Qatar and Saudi Arabia earlier this year and follows attempts by Doha to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
Jordan has drafted a text similar to a 2009 resolution, calling for an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza, council diplomats said
The White House said the United States welcomed news that victims' remains and the airplane's black boxes were being transferred to the Netherlands.
Bulgaria will raise its defence spending to 1.5 percent of GDP by 2015 and then gradually raise it further to 2 percent of GDP.
New constitution sweeping endorsement of military who siezed power in May 22 coup.
At least 47 people have died in the week-long Tripoli airport clashes, which involved artillery, Grad rockets and anti-aircraft guns, in some of the heaviest street fighting since the 2011 civil war.
Saddam-era fighters reject "changing the country's political and demographic structure" as Christians flee from ISIL threats.
Despite Western sanctions, he said Moscow would stand by separatists in eastern Ukraine whom, he described as part of a popular rising against an illegal coup.
Footage taken at the Egyptian presidential palace showed an official briefly raising a handheld metal-detecting wand to the lower part of Kerry's jacket before waving him through for the meeting
More than 1.2 million people in the enclave have no water or only limited access to water as power networks have been damaged or lack fuel for generators
Minister for Science and Technology says country developing 'human resources' for nuclear sector, state-run New Light of Myanmar reports.
Typhoon expected to hit China on Wednesday after making landfall in Taiwain late Tuesday.
The commission had been expected to declare Prabowo's rival, Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, as the election winner and next president.
Ali Abunimah, the founder of Electronic Intifada, quoted Israeli officer Anshel Pfeffer who said Hamas was no longer ”melting away like in the past,” but rather fighting with new equipment and tactics.