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Iran's Supreme Leader: Nation Will Not Yield to Pressure


IRAN: Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, says Iran will not yield to pressure in the face of post-election protests over the nation's disputed presidential election. His comments Wednesday come one day after Iran's Guardian Council ruled out overturning the election results, despite finding voter irregularities in 50 districts.. U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday there are "big questions" about the legitimacy of the poll, which resulted in a landslide victory for incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Internet postings call for an opposition rally to be held outside Iran's Parliament Wednesday afternoon, but these plans cannot be confirmed.

CHINA - DISSIDENT: Chinese state media say a prominent dissident, Liu Xiaobo, has been formally arrested for alleged activities aimed at subverting the country's socialist system. Liu has been in detention since late last year, after he co-authored a manifesto calling for sweeping reforms to China's political system. The official Xinhua news agency quotes a police statement that says prosecutors approved Liu's arrest on Tuesday for alleged agitation activities, such as the spreading of rumors and defaming of the government. The Xinhua report says Liu confessed to the charge in preliminary police investigation.

NOKOR - SUCCESSION: A South Korean newspaper report says North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has put his youngest son in charge of the country's secret police. The report in the Dong-a Ilbo, which is based on information from an unnamed source, says Mr. Kim visited North Korea's State Security Department in March, along with his son Kim Jong Un. The report says that during the visit he told agency leaders to regard his son as the agency's head. Mr. Kim also ordered members of the agency to protect his son with their lives as they have done for him in the past.

US - CHINA - DEFENSE: The Chinese and U.S. militaries have agreed to work together to avoid confrontations at sea and raising tensions that could have a broader impact on relations. The issue was at the center of their first high-level military talks in 18 months and comes after a series of recent naval encounters that include the collision of a Chinese submarine and a sonar device being towed by a U.S. Navy ship. At the end of two days of talks on Wednesday the leader of the Chinese delegation, Lieutenant General Ma Xiaotian, told reporters that China and the U.S. would hold special consultations in July to discuss how they could prevent sea confrontations.

UN FINANCIAL CONFERENCE: Officials from 126 countries will gather at the United Nations headquarters in New York Wednesday as a three-day conference on reforming the global financial system begins. Only 14 heads of state and government are scheduled to attend, including two leftist Latin American presidents -- Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Bolivia's Evo Morales. Other nations are sending low-level delegations. The developing nations participating in the conference are calling for the U.N. to play a greater role in the global financial system.

NIGERIA - RUSSIA: Russia President Dmitri Medvedev arrives in Nigeria Wednesday on a visit aimed at increasing Moscow's presence in the competition for Africa's natural resources. During the trip, Russia's state-run gas company Gazprom is expected to sign an agreement with Nigeria's main oil company that would boost its standing as one of Europe's major suppliers of natural gas. Russian and Nigerian officials say the two countries will also sign a deal on the peaceful use of nuclear energy. President Medvedev began his visit to Africa with a stop in Egypt on Tuesday.

KOSOVO - CEKU: Prosecutors in Bulgaria say former Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku will be held for 72 hours, after being arrested for alleged war crimes. Bulgarian officials said Wednesday they are awaiting more information before deciding whether to extradite Ceku or release him. Police arrested the former Kosovo prime minister at Bulgaria's border with Macedonia late Tuesday after acting on an Interpol arrest warrant issued by Serbia. Former Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Pasi told reporters that Ceku was coming to Bulgaria to lobby for Kosovo's NATO membership.

AFGHANISTAN: An Afghan army general says Afghan and coalition forces have killed 23 suspected Taliban fighters in a clash in southern Afghanistan. The general (Sher Mohammad Zazai) said Wednesday fighting broke out when forces stormed a Taliban stronghold near Tirin Kot, the capital of Uruzgan province. He said regional Taliban commander Mullah Ismail was among the militants killed in the assault. (News Updates)

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