Top news: Hassan Rowhani, a moderate cleric and the preferred candidate of reformers, captured a commanding victory in Iran's presidential election, securing just over 50 percent of the vote and avoiding a run-off.
The election result is a striking challenge to the country's highly conservative ruling clerics, and residents of Tehran flooded the streets in celebration, occassionally chanting the name of Mir Mousavi, the losing candidate in the highly contested 2009 election that sparked widespread street protests. Rowhani trounced his more conservative rivals, beating the second place finisher by a three to one margin, and all four of the ayatollah's preferred candidates finished behind the more moderate second place finisher.
Rowhani campaigned on a a platform of improving relations with the West, but it remains unclear to what extent he will be willing or able to break decisively with the policies of the past. In a news conference Monday, he pledged to "follow the path of moderation and justice, not extremism." Rowhani, who previously served as Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, has been critical of his country's approach on the issue, but that criticism has been limited to his country's diplomatic tactics.
"If one day we are able to complete the fuel cycle and the world sees that it has no choice - that we do possess the technology - then the situation will be different," he said in a speech in 2004. "The world did not want Pakistan to have an atomic bomb or Brazil to have the fuel cycle, but Pakistan built its bomb and Brazil has its fuel cycle, and the world started to work with them. Our problem is that we have not achieved either one, but we are standing at the threshold."
NSA: According to a report in the Guardian, the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted the top secret communicaitons of then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ahead of a G-20 summit in 2009. The revelation is the latest report based on documents leaked to the paper by Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor.
- Turkish police broadened their crackdown in protesters in Istanbul and continued their efforts to clear Gezi Park and Taksim square.
- World leaders are headed to Northern Ireland for a meeting of the G-8, a two-day summit expected to focus on the conflict in Syria and economic issues.
- Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas is set to resign on the heels of a corruption and spy scandal.
- North Korea extended an offer to the United States to conduct direct talks but without any preconditions such as nuclear disarmament.
- The women's university in Quetta, Pakistan, has closed following twin attacks that killed 25.
- Vietnamese police arrested a blogger critical of the government in a widening crackdown on dissent that has seen three bloggers arrested during the past months.
- Egyptian President Mohammed Morsy appointed a number of his Islamist allies as regional governors, tightening the Muslim Brotherhood's grip on power.
- A series of bombings and one shooting killed 51 and left dozens wounded across Iraq, the latest in a wave of violence that has brought death tolls to a similar level as in 2008.
- A car bomb at a military checkpoint in an upscale neighborhood of Damascus near a military airport killed 10 soldiers.
- The Chinese dissident Chen Guangchen said he's being forced out of his post at New York University because of pressure applied on the university by the Chinese government.
- Ecuador's foreign minister announced that his country will continue to provide Julian Assange with asylum at its embassy in London.
- Hundreds of protesters objecting to the use of public funds for the ongoing Confederations Cup and next year's World Cup clashed with riot police in Rio de Janeiro.
- A meeting of regional presidents at the Southern Africa Development Community requested that Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe delay elections that he has scheduled for late July.
- The U.N. announced that a peacekeeper was killed and two others were injured in the shelling of a logistics base in Southern Sudan.
- Nelson Mandela's wife thanked her husband's thousands of well-wishers as he remains in intensive care.
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