Hassan Rouhani wins Iran presidential election Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013 Hassan Rouhani wins Iran presidential election Reformist-backed cleric Hassan Rouhani has won Iran's presidential election, securing just over 50% of the vote and so avoiding the need for a run-off. Reformist Hassan Rouhani wins Iran presidential election But even with Glasgow-educated former nuclear negotiator in post, the clerics will rule Russia Says Evidence of Syrian Chemical Weapons Is 'Not Convincing' Sarin Gas Use Doubted -- Experts Don't See Evidence VIDEO U.N. Chief Opposes U.S. Military Support For Syrian Rebels Britain holds off arming Syrian rebels despite U.S. decision Berlin 'respects' US pledge of military aid to Syria rebels Germany said Friday it had noted "with respect" the United States' promise of military aid to the Syrian opposition but restated it would not deliver weapons to the conflict-ridden country itself. HK rally backs Snowden, denounces allegations of U.S. spying France says UN decision on Syria no-fly zone "unlikely" Vetting Syria's Rebels for US Arms Transfers a Daunting Task US Arms Won't Make Syria's Rebels Any More Organized Syrian opposition representative: "We need tanks, air jets..." CIA preparing to deliver rebels arms through Turkey and Jordan Iran will send 4,000 troops to aid Bashar al-Assad's forces in Syria US urges Britain and France to join in supplying arms to Syrian rebels as MPs fear that UK will be drawn into growing Sunni-Shia conflict NBC/WSJ poll: Americans oppose intervention in Syria Syrian Rebels' al-Qaeda Ties Run Deep Even Groups Not Directly Affiliated With Them See Common Cause Syria: Assad troops launch heavy assault on Aleppo Syrian troops triggered the heaviest fighting seen in months in Aleppo, launching an assault with tanks and heavy artillery on a key eastern district that has been in rebel hands for almost a year. Report from Yemen: 'I thought the United States was all about democracy and the rule of law. Instead, what you're teaching us is the law of the jungle.' Gore: NSA program 'violates' Constitution White House: Obama will defend Internet spying to Europeans The White House said Friday that President Obama will stress the importance of a secret NSA program that collects foreign Internet data to the nation's European allies during trips to Ireland and Germany next week. U.S. Agencies Said to Swap Data With Thousands of Firms Thousands of technology, finance and manufacturing companies are working closely with U.S. national security agencies, providing sensitive information and in return receiving benefits that include access to classified intelligence, four people familiar with the process said. Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall: We Have Seen No Evidence NSA Surveillance Has Prevented 'Dozens Of Terrorist Events' U.S. officials fear NSA leaker has more classified documents US intelligence outlines checks it says validate surveillance Intelligence chiefs confirm programmes, but say they protect against terrorism and minimise infringements on privacy Edward Snowden's worst fear has not been realised – thankfully The NSA whistleblower's only concern was that his disclosures would be met with apathy. Instead, they're leading to real reform Bills would clip NSA's wings on phone data Senators critical of the National Security Agency's surveillance programs are rushing to introduce legislation to limit the feds' snooping ability. 57% Fear Government Will Use NSA Data to Harass Political Opponents Biden in 2006 schools Obama in 2013 over NSA spying program VIDEO NSA-proof encryption exists. Why doesn't anyone use it? Snowden Supporters Rally in Hong Kong 'Arrest Obama, free Snowden' protesters chant Congratulations! You're Being Watched With revelations (yet again) that we are all essentially being watched virtually all the time, we might expect a popular backlash against such a massive and unprecedented intrusion on privacy. Americans may differ on a plethora of political issues, but there's a common wisdom suggesting broad agreement on core principles such as individual liberty. Indefinite Detention Of Americans Survives House Vote The U.S. House of Representatives voted again Thursday to allow the indefinite military detention of Americans, blocking an amendment that would have barred the possibility. IMF criticises US spending cuts Fund warns country still faces downside risks to its recovery and urges Congress to severe 'sequester' budget cuts.