Iraqis, displaced from the city of Mosul, cast their vote at a polling station in Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish region in northern Iraq, on May 12, 2018 as the country votes in the first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Daesh group. (Photo by AFP)

Here is a brief look at Press TV newsroom's headlines from 18:00 GMT, May 12, 2017 to 08:00 GMT, May 13, 2018.

Iraq elections

Iraq’s electoral commission says 44-point-five percent of eligible voters cast their ballots in the country’s parliamentary elections. The commission added that 92 percent of the votes have been counted. However, it did not announce the results. Meanwhile, the governor of Kirkuk province declared a curfew and ordered a manual recount of the votes there. He said an electronic counting system had produced an illogical result. In city of Sulaymaniyah, two Kurdish political parties clashed amid accusations of ballot rigging. However, no casualties were reported. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is seeking a new term. Whoever emerges as premier will face the mammoth task of rebuilding a country ravaged by the battle against terrorists.

France knife attack

Daesh terrorist group has claimed responsibility for a deadly knife attack in the French capital. The announcement came after an assailant armed with a knife killed at least one person and injured several others in Paris. Police immediately arrived at the scene of the incident and cordoned off the area. Police said security forces killed the perpetrator. France has been on high alert as a series of deadly attacks committed or inspired by Daesh terrorists have hit the country over the past three years.

Catalonia politics

Lawmakers in Catalonia’s regional parliament have failed to back the nomination of newly-picked candidate for President Quim Torra. Torra was picked after three failed nominations by the separatists. Our Barcelona correspondent, Kusai Kedri reports.

Indonesia bomb blasts

At least nine people have been killed in three coordinated bomb attacks in Indonesia. Dozens of other people, including police officers, were also wounded in the blasts that hit three churches in the country’s second biggest city, Surabaya. Police have ordered the temporary closure of all churches in the city and warned that the death toll could rise further. There have not yet been any claims of responsibility. However, officials say the bombings are suspected to have been carried out by a Daesh-inspired group.

Iran nuclear deal

Iran’s foreign minister says the country’s interests in the nuclear deal must be guaranteed if the agreement is to remain in place. Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comment upon arrival in the Chinese capital, Beijing. He is visiting China on the first leg of his three-nation tour, which will also take him to Russia and Belgium. Zarif said Europe has called on Iran to stay in the JCPOA, but it should give Iran assurances that Tehran can reap the benefits of the deal. The top diplomat said he will discuss how Europe is going to guarantee Tehran’s interests during his whistle-stop tour. Zarif is scheduled to meet his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Sunday.

Verdicts for Daesh terrorists in Iran

Iran’s Judiciary has issued death verdicts for eight Daesh members over the deadly attacks carried out by the terror group in Tehran last year. A senior Judiciary official said the convicts face execution for being accessory to promoting corruption on earth. The official said they have 20 days to appeal. 18 other members of the terrorist group are also under investigation over the attacks. In June 2017, gunmen mounted assaults on the Iranian parliament building and the mausoleum of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini. The Daesh-claimed raids led to the death of 17 people. Dozens of others were also injured.

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