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UPDATE 4-Hardline judge Raisi leads in Iranian presidential election, says official
DUBAI, June 19 (Reuters) - Hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi leads Iran's presidential election, an interior ministry official said on Saturday, a day after millions of Iranians voted in a contest that critics boycotted over economic woes and political restrictions.
Hardline judge has big lead in Iran presidential vote, says state TV
DUBAI, June 19 (Reuters) - Hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi has a big lead in Iran's presidential race, an interior ministry official said on Saturday, after rivals conceded defeat in a contest in which millions of Iranians participated.
Iran's sole moderate presidential candidate congratulates Raisi for his victory - state media
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's moderate presidential candidate congratulated his hardline rival hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi for winning the election, Iranian state media reported on Saturday, as the interior ministry said counting of the votes continued.
Australian police arrest man over alleged Islamic State membership
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A Sydney man who posted extremist rhetoric and possessed recipes for explosives has been arrested for allegedly being a member of the Islamic State group, Australian police said on Saturday.
UPDATE 11-Judge under U.S. sanctions set to take over Iran presidency
DUBAI, June 18 (Reuters) - Millions of Iranians voted on Friday in a contest set to hand the presidency to a hardline judge who is subject to U.S. sanctions, though anger over economic hardship and curbs on freedoms mean many will heed calls for a boycott.
CORRECTED-UPDATE 5-Palestinians cancel deal for near-expired COVID vaccines from Israel
RAMALLAH, West Bank/TEL AVIV, June 18 (Reuters) - The Palestinian Authority (PA) canceled a deal on Friday to receive soon-to-expire COVID-19 vaccines from Israel after an initial Israeli shipment showed an expiration date sooner than had been agreed, the PA health minister said.
EIG-led consortium closes $12.4 billion Aramco pipelines deal
(Reuters) - U.S.-based EIG Global Energy Partners said on Friday a consortium it led has closed a deal to buy 49% of Saudi oil producer Aramco's pipelines business for $12.4 billion.
Qatar foreign minister: no tangible progress on Afghanistan yet
CAIRO (Reuters) - Qatar has not yet made tangible progress with Afghan peace talks being held in its capital Doha, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman said in a statement on Friday.
Judge under U.S. sanctions set to take over Iran presidency
DUBAI (Reuters) - Millions of Iranians voted on Friday in a contest set to hand the presidency to a hardline judge who is subject to U.S. sanctions, though anger over economic hardship means many will heed calls for a boycott.
Election in Armenia, meant to end political crisis, is too close to call
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Armenia's political fate hangs in the balance ahead of a parliamentary election on Sunday with opinion polls putting the party of acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and that of former President Robert Kocharyan neck-and-neck.
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