Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:34AM
An Iranian man casts his ballot at a polling station in Tehran on February 26, 2016. ©AFP
An Iranian man casts his ballot at a polling station in Tehran on February 26, 2016. ©AFP

Here is a round-up of global news developments:

  • 90 percent of the votes have been counted in Iran's parliamentary elections. Principlists are leading nationwide. In Tehran, however, Reformists have won all 30 seats. Partial results from the Assembly of Experts elections put former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in the lead in Tehran.
  • Iran’s Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi says security forces have foiled two terror plots in eastern and northwestern parts of the country. Five suspects have also been arrested in this connection. Security forces have seized bombs, explosive belts, electronic detonators and explosive powder from the terrorists.
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the fight against terrorism needs the joint efforts of the international community. Lavrov has called on the UN to act as a central coordinator in the anti-terror efforts. He made the remarks in an interview with an Algerian newspaper in Moscow.
  • US Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton wins the South Carolina primary, overwhelming her rival Bernie Sanders. She gained over 73 percent of the vote, claiming her strongest victory yet in the 2016 primary contest. Clinton also won the Iowa and Nevada caucuses, but lost the New Hampshire vote to Sanders.
  • Former Mexican president Felipe Calderon has condemned US Republican front-runner Donald Trump for his anti-immigration comments. Calderon drew a comparison between Trump and Adolf Hitler, accusing him of having xenophobic ideas. He said Trump’s arguments against Mexicans edge on sheer racism.
  • US police say at least four people have been stabbed in a brawl between members of the Ku Klux Klan hate group and counter-protesters in Anaheim, California. One of the victims is in critical condition. Officers have also arrested thirteen people including a Klansman who stabbed a counter protester.
  • Switzerland is to hold a referendum on whether to expel foreigners who have committed minor crimes. Opponents of the move say it will unfairly target foreigners living legally in Switzerland. Over five million people are eligible to vote, but foreign nationals are not allowed to take part in the referendum.
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron says supporters of the UK’s exit from the EU hardly have a vision of what will happen afterwards. Cameron has urged them to carefully weigh the consequences of a provisional exit from the bloc. Britain’s EU membership will be put to a referendum on June 23.