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An Iraqi electoral commission employee examines electronic counting machine print-outs in the central holy city of Najaf on May 13, 2018, for the special round of voting that took place for the police and military on May 10 in the country. (Photo by AFP)

Here is a brief look at Press TV newsroom's headlines from 18:00 GMT, May 13, 2017 to 08:00 GMT, May 14, 2018.

Iraq election results

The Iraqi electoral commission has announced partial results from the country’s parliamentary elections suggesting a tight race between political parties. The commission says an alliance of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and communists is ahead. Sadr’s supporters celebrated in Baghdad following the announcement. The Conquest Alliance led by former commander of Iraq's PMU forces Hadi al-Ameri, which played a key role in fighting Daesh, is in the second place. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's Victory Alliance is in third place in six provinces but fifth in Baghdad. The results are from 10 of the country's 19 provinces, including Baghdad and Basra. The elections were marked by low turnout and were the first since Iraq declared victory over Daesh and the fourth since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.

Anger at US embassy relocation

The US president’s daughter and her husband arrive in Israel to attend the official opening ceremony of the American embassy in Jerusalem al-Quds. A high-ranking delegation accompanies the couple. The opening of the US embassy is set to take place on Monday. Meanwhile, dozens of Israelis and Palestinians have come together to protest the re-location of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.

Anti-Macron protest

French President Emmanuel Macron has reached one year in office. Polls suggest strong public disapproval of his policies, but that hasn't stopped him from pushing through his reforms at a lightning speed. Ramin Mazaheri has more from Paris.

Indonesia attack

An explosion has rocked Indonesia’s second largest city, Surabaya, a day after a string of deadly church attacks there. Authorities say two assailants on a motorcycle blew themselves up at a police headquarters. At least one police officer has been killed. The full extent of casualties is still unclear. The attack comes just a day after a wave of bombings on three churches left at least 14 people dead and dozens more injured. Daesh had claimed responsibility for Sunday’s bombings. Police say a family of six who had been to Syria carried out the attacks.

Controversial American pastor

A controversial American pastor is planned to lead a prayer at the opening ceremony of the US Israel embassy in the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds. Dallas-based preacher, Robert Jeffress is long-time supporter of President Donald Trump. He has the track record of extreme intolerance and is known for labeling just about any religion, other than his own, as heresy. The most scathing of his numerous attacks have taken aim at Islam, describing the religion as evil. He also once compared the Catholic Church to a cult which was the result of genius of Satan. Jeffress, who was involved with the Trump campaign since 2015, has been part of Trump's inner circle and addressed his family in private before the inauguration.


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