World Bulletin / News Desk
Iran will hold presidential elections on June 14 next year, the Interior Ministry said on Friday, the first such vote since a violent crackdown on protests over Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election in 2009.
The 2013 presidential vote is expected to be a contest between candidates representing Ahmadinejad's allies and his more conservative opponents. Ahmadinejad himself cannot run for a third term due to a constitutional limit.
"The next presidential election will be held at the same time as municipal elections," the official IRNA news agency said, citing the Interior Ministry.
Iran's disputed 2009 presidential election was followed by months of massive anti-government street protests, quelled by security forces. The opposition said the vote was rigged in Ahmadinejad's favour, a charge dismissed by the authorities.
The two leading opposition leaders Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi have been held incommunicado since February last year when the two called their supporters on to the streets for a rally in support of uprisings in the Arab world.
In a contest between conservative factions in parliamentary elections in March, loyalists of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei won the majority of seats, eroding Ahmadinejad's authority.
Fighting between government forces and rebels has intensified since separatist advances opened a new front in the conflict this week
Canadian mission to NATO posted a tongue-in-cheek guide for Russian soldiers unclear about the Russia-Ukraine border.
Two sides were negotiating a deal worth $1.5 billion a month that would enable Iran to lift oil exports substantially,
Number of Syrian refugees has surpassed 3 million, the UN refugee agency said Friday
Mount Tavurvur on East New Britain Island erupted hours before dawn, a bulletin from the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory said.
Russian authorities were lying "just like they did about Afghanistan back in the '80s and about Chechnya in the '90s," he said.
The current number of killed is 2,593 - close to 3,000 if we include the 298 victims of the MH17 (Malaysian airliner) plane crash
Yun Tae Hyong, a senior representative of North Korea's Korea Daesong Bank, disappeared in Nakhodka, Russia, last week with $5 million, the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported.
Sana Hassainia said anyone criticizing Israel's attacks on Gaza is labelled anti-Semitic.
Activists from the campaigning group Avaaz had called on ABP, the Dutch public employees' pension fund, to disinvest from Bank Hapoalim, Bank Leumi and Mizrahi Tefahot Bank
Days ago, the partially full Kamari tanker carrying Kurdish crude disappeared from satellite tracking north of Egypt's Sinai. It reappeared empty two days later near Israel
MAA leader Ahmed Ould Sidi Mohamed and Tuareg elder Alghabass Ag Intalla, representing the MNLA and allied groups, signed a statement following four days of talks agreeing to end hostilities
Al-Sisi said that the NATO operation in Libya that helped the armed opposition during the uprising against late strongman Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 was "incomplete and left the country with no national army or police to protect its citizens."
The Mexican government hopes foreign investment will explore previously untouched oil reserves.
U.S. President said that the priority of the U.S. is to make sure that the gains that ISIL has made in Iraq are rolled back
Two miners may have been killed in the collapse at the Bonanza mining project, about 260 miles (420 km) northeast of the capital Managua