News Balal was pardoned execution by the family of his victim

Samereh Alinejad stopped Balal Abdullah's hanging at the last moment

ElBaradei: lacks political experience

Mohamed ElBaradei: 'Egypt is a wreck just waiting to happen'

His critics say he lacks the political experience to lead Egypt, so 71-year-old Mohamed ElBaradei will need to draw on a past of international diplomacy, largely made up of advising the UN on nuclear weapons.

Iranian President-elect, Hassan Rowhani, calls for more freedom

The President-elect, Hassan Rowhani, has called for the government and the powerful clergy to end interference in the private lives of citizens, free up internet access and allow state media to be more open.

Retired Marine Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright has been told he is a target of the probe

US General James Cartwright under investigation for leaking classified information on Iran cyberattack

A number of national security leak investigations have been started by the Obama administration

Iran and South Korea qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

South Korea lost but still progressed to next summer's tournament

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: If Syria was on everyone’s mind, why was no one talking about it?

The Commons chamber was visited with a  welcome onset of  grown-upness on Iran

Hassan Rouhani has given his first news conference since being declared as Iran's new President-elect

No change on Iran's uranium enrichment and nuclear programme, says President-elect Hassan Rouhani

Hassan Rouhani has given his first news conference since being declared as Iran’s new President-elect, vowing to continue to enrich uranium and so putting him on a collision course with Western powers.

Hassan Rohani

Where did Rouhani election victory come from - and what does it mean for Iran?

The one moderate candidate in a pack of fundamentalists won the presidential election today in Iran, as Hassan Rouhani took victory over five other hopefuls. Crowds flooded the streets of Tehran this afternoon wearing both purple - the colour of Mr Rouhani's campaign - and green - the symbol of 2009's brutally-quashed reformist movement. Here's how media outlets responded to the shock result:

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made Iran his priority since being returned to office in January

A 'victory for moderation' says new President of Iran, as supporters rejoice

Israel however is sceptical Rouhani will usher in change

Stock market rises in Iran after election of reformist-backed president Hasan Rowhani

Iran's stock exchange is climbing for the second day following the surprise election of a reformist-backed president.

Iranian men cast their ballots during presidential elections at a polling station in Qom, 125 kilometers (78 miles) south of the capital Tehran, Iran

Iran chooses replacement for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei casts his vote, telling the US 'The hell with you'

Nation chooses between six candidates amid tight regulations and stringent controls on international arbiters and journalists

Iranians go to the polls on Friday to elect a new president knowing that for the first time in eight years the country will be led by someone other than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iranians go to the polls to elect a new president, knowing that for the first time in eight years the country will be led by someone other than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iran votes for new president: Farewell Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, we’ll miss you – but not that much...

We shall miss him. The cheeky smile, the chipmunk eyes, the Spanish Armada beard, the crackpot President who once claimed that a cloud emanated above his head at the UN – then denied he’d ever said such nonsense – and then confessed that he had when confronted with tape of his holy utterance.

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Google detects tens of thousands of 'politically motivated' phishing attacks ahead of Iranian elections

According to Google the attacks have targeted tens of thousands of users

British comedian John Oliver had plenty of material to draw upon for his first week as guest host of the popular satiric news programme in the United States

TV review: John Oliver takes over at The Daily Show without host Jon Stewart

The new chap was nervous, certainly, but no less funny than his boss

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