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Hardliners and reformers jostle in Iran’s high-stakes presidential race

Hardliners and reformers jostle in Iran’s high-stakes presidential race

Whoever wins the June 18 vote will replace moderate Hassan Rouhani as nuclear pact talks resume and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, now 82, battles ill-health rumours.

  • by Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell

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Consolation for Labour as Sadiq Khan re-elected London mayor

Consolation for Labour as Sadiq Khan re-elected London mayor

Sadiq Khan has been re-elected London mayor as had been widely expected, providing some joy to the opposition Labour Party which has suffered a series of disappointing results in other local elections.

  • by Michael Holden
Who is Yair Lapid, Israel’s would-be prime minister?

Who is Yair Lapid, Israel’s would-be prime minister?

The former journalist, popular television host and finance minister has been given a chance to oust Benjamin Netanyahu.

  • by Isabel Kershner
Lapid asked to form government after time runs out for Netanyahu

Lapid asked to form government after time runs out for Netanyahu

Israel’s President has asked Yair Lapid, a centrist politician and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s strongest rival, to try to form a new government.

  • by Jeffrey Heller
Netanyahu missed midnight deadline to form Israel’s government

Netanyahu missed midnight deadline to form Israel’s government

After the fourth election in two years, Israel’s Prime Minister could be pushed into opposition for the first time in 12 years.

  • by Josef Federman
Court selects two candidates to appear on ballot against Assad

Court selects two candidates to appear on ballot against Assad

Bashar al-Assad has ruled Syria for 21 years, his father ruled for 30 before him.

  • by Kinda Makieh
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Scotland’s cry of ‘freedom’ that just won’t go away

Scotland’s cry of ‘freedom’ that just won’t go away

The outcome of an election in Scotland this week might help determine whether the United Kingdom stays together or breaks apart.

  • by Bevan Shields
Transgender icon Republican Caitlyn Jenner to run for governor of California

Transgender icon Republican Caitlyn Jenner to run for governor of California

Republican Caitlyn Jenner said on Friday she will run for governor of California, injecting a jolt of celebrity into an emerging campaign that threatens to oust Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom from office.

  • by Michael R. Blood
Frustrated by student struggles, teacher now on verge of Peru presidency

Frustrated by student struggles, teacher now on verge of Peru presidency

Defying the polls, rural primary school teacher Pedro Castillo topped the votes in the first round of Peru’s presidential poll and will contest the run-off against one of the nation’s most established political figures.

  • by Franklin Briceno and Regina Garcia Cano
Left wing party wins Greenland election after opposing Australian company’s mine

Left wing party wins Greenland election after opposing Australian company’s mine

Greenland’s main opposition party, which campaign heavily against an Australian company’s mining project involving uranium and other metals on the Arctic island, has emerged as the biggest party after winning more than a third of votes in an early parliamentary election.

  • by Jari Tanner
Israeli president picks Netanyahu to try to form government
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Israeli president picks Netanyahu to try to form government

Reuven Rivlin’s announcement nudged forward the twin dramas over the country’s future and Netanyahu’s fate as his corruption trial resumed.

  • by Laurie Kellman