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Early election results are in [in Pakistan] in Iran and in Pakistan, a bomb explodes on a bus.
I’m Marti Johnson reporting from Washington.
Incomplete results from Iran’s presidential election have moderate candidate Hassan Rowhani with a sizeable lead among six candidates [in support of] with the support of Iran’s reformist.
Rowhani has just over fifty percent of the twelve million votes counted by this morning and that is more than the number needed in order to avoid a runoff election.
VOAs Carla Babb has more.
[The leaders will have two days of quality time far from any demonstrations like this one in London by self proclaimed anti capitalists but that’s not the image Britain wants for the summit British Prime Minister David] Pakistani police say a bomb exploded on a bus carrying female university students and killing at least 11 people. A second blast occurred at the hospital where the victims of the attack were taken.
Investigators say about twenty people were wounded in the first bombing which took place today in the southwestern city of Quetta.
Authorities say all of the victims killed in the explosion as well as in the subsequent fire on the bus were associated with the University.
Pakistani news report says a senior government official was killed in the bombing at the medical facility.
News reports say there were burst of gunfire at the hospital after the blast occurred.
And now leaders of key world economies are headed to Northern Ireland for a G-8 summit boosting the world’s sluggish economic fortunes is the call. That also on the agenda likely to be the US intent to arm Syrian rebels.
VOAs Al Pesin has a preview from London.
The leaders will have two days of quality time far from any demonstrations like this one in London by self-proclaimed anti-capitalists but that’s not the image Britain wants for the summit.
British Prime Minister David Cameron wants to focus on trade, taxation and transparency and on at least one key international issue; the conflict in Syria.
“We should use the G-8 to try and bring pressure on all sides, to bring about what we all want in this house, which is a peace conference, a peace process and the move towards a transitional government in Syria.
The official US determination that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons will harden Western resolve at the summit. But G-8 member Russia will likely continue to oppose any outside move to topple the Syrian regime.
Al Pesan, VOA News, London. At the summit President Barack Obama faces a difficult talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin about his decision to arm the Syrian rebels.
White House officials say the decision is finalized and will not be changed by the upcoming group of eight summit.
The US is increasing military aid to Syrian rebels after determining that President Bashar al-Assad’s government has used chemical weapons during the nation’s civil war.
Syria’s foreign ministry is dismissing that claim as lies and Russia’s foreign minister says the US accusations are not supported by trustworthy facts.
Turkish protesters are vowing to continue their occupation of an Istanbul park saying the government has ignored their demands.
Taksim Solidarity, representing the protesters, said Saturday that they will not leave the park despite demands by the government to get out.
In a promise by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to let a court decide the fate of controversial plans to commercially develop Taksim Square.
Earlier today police detained dozens of protesters in the Turkish capital Ankara hours after the conciliatory move by Mr Erdogan.
Firefighters northeast of Colorado Springs in the western United States of Colorado say they’ve made significant progress in holding back a wildfire that so far has claimed two lives and around three hundred and sixty homes.
As VOAs Greg Flakus reports from the state of Texas[Colorado] much now depends on the weather conditions.
Lieutenant Jeff Cramer of the El Paso County Colorado Sheriff’s Department speaking to VOA by telephone said cooler weather is helping.
“We do have some cloud cover. Obviously, one concern could be if have any kind of thunderstorm activity it could bring some gusty winds at times. But, so far, I think, the effort it is going well out there, folks still have a lot work to do.” Kramer says authorities still do not know what caused the fire but drought conditions contributed to its rapid spread.
“It’s been extremely dry..Red flag type conditions for some time meaning just a lot of high fire danger days for us and certainly when something does get going like this we can have rapid movement and I think we certainly see that here.”
Greg Flakus, VOA news, Houston And I’m Marti Johnson VOA News in Washington.
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