Iran woman for AhmadinejadThree days after Iran's June 12 presidential election, in which the incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was reelected with a reported two-thirds' majority, protests and allegations of vote-count irregularities and suppression of free speech dominated that nation's political landscape. The Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran's official news agency, announced Ahmadinejad's leading opponent, independent reformist candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi had received 33 percent of the votes cast.

UN Security Council votes on KoreaThe United Nations Security Council on June 12 unanimously approved stringent new sanctions against North Korea, in response to Pyongyang's May 25 nuclear test. Even North Korea's communist allies Russia and China joined in approving the sanctions resolution, which was passed by a 15-0 vote.

Voice of America's VOA News reported on June 11 that seven world powers had agreed the day before on a draft UN Security Council resolution to expand sanctions against North Korea in response to the communist nation's recent underground nuclear test and several ballistic missile tests. The draft text was the result of weeks of negotiations among the five permanent Security Council members — the U.K., China, France, Russia, and the United States — as well as non-permanent council members Japan and South Korea.

North Korea has sentenced two American reporters to 12 years of hard labor for allegedly crossing its border with China. The sentencing has deepened the communist country's dispute with the U.S. over nuclear weapons and missile testing.

Zelaya (Hondurus)The 47-year-old suspension of Cuba from the Organization of American States was lifted last week during a meeting of the hemispheric organization in Honduras. But it doesn’t look like Cuba is interested in re-joining.