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Iran presidential debate 

Iranian presidential candidates have wrapped up their third and final televised debate. The debate focused on public concerns and priorities. The candidates laid out their plans and sparred over each others’ records and credentials. They faced off on live TV for the first time last week over the state of the economy and their economic agendas. That was followed by a second showdown revolving around political, social and cultural issues. The Iranians will go to the polls on June 18th to choose a successor to President Hassan Rouhani. Nearly 60 million are eligible to vote.

Afghanistan blasts 

Two bomb blasts in the Afghan capital have left at least seven people dead. The explosions hit buses west of Kabul. The Afghan interior ministry says at least six people were injured, adding that the number of casualties could rise. No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts. Violence has surged in Afghanistan since Washington backtracked on a promise to withdraw all foreign forces from the country by May the first. Peace talks between the government and the Taliban have also failed to bear fruit.

Post-Brexit tensions

Britain’s prime minister says he will do whatever it takes to protect the territorial integrity of the UK in a trade dispute with the European Union. Boris Johnson reportedly threatened emergency measures if no solution was found over part of the Brexit deal that covers border issues with Northern Ireland. His comments came after meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top EU officials at the G7 summit held in England. Macron urged the UK to uphold a divorce deal it has signed with the European Union. Johnson said pragmatism and compromise is needed to find a solution. London and Brussels are at loggerheads over the Northern Ireland Protocol of the post-Brexit deal. London says the protocol has caused disruptions to supplies of everyday goods to Northern Ireland.

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