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06/17/05 World News: Iranians Vote in Tight Presidential Election


Iranian citizens are voting in a presidential election that polls suggest may be close enough to require a run-off vote. Moderate cleric Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani tops most opinion polls.

The U.S. military in Iraq says it has launched a major combat operation in western Iraq against Iraqi insurgents. Military officials say "Operation Spear" began early today (Friday) in Iraq's restive Anbar province, near the Syrian border.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il held a rare meeting today (Friday) with a top South Korean official in Pyongyang. The North Korean leader held talks with South Korean Unification Minister Chung Dong-Young.

Governments, human rights activists and performers across the world are pressuring Burma to release detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as she prepares to celebrate her 60th birthday Sunday.

Officials in China say the death toll from a massive flash flood that slammed into a primary school in a remote northeastern town has climbed to 106.

Cambodian police say a hostage situation Thursday at an international school near the famed Angkor Wat temples was motivated by revenge.

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