Hardliner Mahmood Ahmadinejad vowed to create a powerful Islamic Iran after his shock presidential election victory that set off renewed international alarm over the country's nuclear ambitions.
Iran is "out of step" with a trend toward freedom and liberty in its region, the US State Department said after hardliner Mahmood Ahmadinejad won a presidential election condemned by Washington as "flawed."
Bulgaria's ex-communist Socialist party won general elections with just over 32 percent of the vote, according to two exit polls released after voting ended.
Persistent Iraq violence that killed at least 29 and wounded dozens more overshadowed a diplomatic offensive that saw high profile trips by the war-torn country's president and prime minister.
President George W. Bush acknowledged the "grim" daily images of violence in Iraq but again insisted that US efforts to stabilize the troubled country are working.
Indonesia, hardest hit by the deadly tsunamis in December, commemorated six months since the disaster and announced 172 reconstruction projects worth 585 million dollars.
Thousands of homosexuals march through European capitals for the annual Gay Pride celebrations, with demands for official recognition of same-sex marriage the main focus.
China's president ordered government bureaus to step up emergency flood control and relief efforts as the traditional rainy season begins with 732 people already dead or missing due to torrential downpours.
A deadly Palestinian shooting attack that killed an Israeli youth and a subsequent sweep of arrests by the Israeli army buffeted an already brittle truce and raised fears of a new cycle of bloodshed.
OPEC's president, Kuwaiti Oil Minister Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahd al-Sabah, said he had contacted the Saudi and Qatari oil ministers as part of consultations with cartel members to study measures to calm soaring oil prices.
The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company appointed Noel Forgeard of France and Thomas Enders of Germany as its co-chief executives, and named Germany's Gustav Humbert to head the aircraft maker Airbus.