Saturday, July 13, 2024

Summary of World News from Reuters

Current World News Briefs: Updates on Iran’s Presidential Run-Off, Attack on Israeli Embassy, Mauritania Election, Gaza Ceasefire Talks, Ecuador’s Gun Violence, UK Reform Party Rally, North Korea’s Criticism, and Germany’s Far-Right Party Surge

In a dramatic turn of events, a moderate lawmaker is set to face off against Iran’s supreme leader’s protege in a run-off presidential election on July 5. This announcement came after the country’s interior ministry declared that no candidate secured enough votes in the first round of voting.

The race for Iran’s presidency came down to a tight competition between Massoud Pezeshkian, the sole moderate candidate in a field of four, and Saeed Jalili, a former Revolutionary Guards member and close ally of the supreme leader. This unexpected showdown has captured the attention of the nation as it awaits the final outcome.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, an attacker who fired a crossbow at a police officer guarding the Israeli embassy in Belgrade was shot dead in what President Aleksandar Vucic described as a terrorist attack against Serbia. The Israeli foreign ministry confirmed that no embassy staff were injured in the incident, while the injured officer is currently in stable condition after undergoing surgery.

In other news, Mauritanians cast their votes in a presidential election where incumbent Mohamed Ould Ghazouani is expected to win. His campaign promises to boost investment in the West African country as it prepares to begin producing natural gas. Additionally, talks for a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel in Gaza have not seen any progress, according to a senior Hamas official.

As the world watches these unfolding events, the political landscape continues to shift and evolve in unexpected ways, shaping the future of nations and their leaders. Stay tuned for more updates on these and other developing stories.

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