Radical hardliner Mahmood Ahmadinejad and pragmatic cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani swept into Iran's first-ever presidential election run-off on Saturday after voters left the reform movement in tatters.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice kicked off her first comprehensive Middle East tour, bearing stern messages to Israel and the Palestinians to work together on the upcoming withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
The US military said it killed about 50 insurgents as it pressed on with two offensives against insurgents in the restive western province of Al-Anbar near the border with Syria.
Open warfare broke out about the future of the European Union after EU leaders drew battle lines over its budget, heaping new shame on the bloc after their failure to revive its constitution.
Kyrgyzstan's authorities moved to show they were fully in control following clashes between police and protestors amid fears for the Central Asian country's stability ahead of a July presidential poll.
The Zimbabwean government has started targeting rural areas in a sweeping blitz on crime and shanties that has already left tens of thousands homeless and destitute in the country's major towns.
President George W. Bush defended the war in Iraq, telling Americans the United States was forced into war because of the September 11, 2001 terror strikes.
Deputies cleared the way for the holding of legislative elections when they approved proposals by Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas for a new electoral system.
Lebanon goes to the polls for a fourth and final round of parliamentary elections Sunday with a longtime exile threatening to upset the bandwagon of the main opposition alliance which helped push Syrian troops out in April.
A Romanian Orthodox priest, facing charges for ordering the crucifixion of a young nun because she was "possessed by the devil," was unrepentant as he celebrated a funeral ceremony for his alleged victim.