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Iran elections: Guardian council says ‘no fraud or breach’ in poll
• Ruling body stands by Ahmadinejad victory
• British embassy begins evacuating families of staff
Julian Borger and agencies
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 23 June 2009 07.25 BST
Iran’s state television today reported that the country’s top electoral authority has ruled out annulling the results of the disputed 12 June election, in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was named the winner.
A spokesman for the guardian council, Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, was quoted by Iran’s state-run English language Press TV as saying the organisation had found “no major fraud or breach in the election”. As a result, he said, the results would not be annulled.
Ahmadinejad’s main challenger, Mir Hossein Mousavi, has called the election a fraud, insisting he is the true winner.
The wonder of Mars in its seasonal glory
The astonishing diversity of the Red Planet’s landscape is captured by the world’s most powerful camera, reports Science Editor Steve Connor
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
The most powerful camera that has ever been used to survey another planet is capturing spectacular pictures of the surface of Mars to reveal a rich tapestry of geological features. Located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, a Nasa probe launched in 2005, the HiRise camera has already taken detailed images of the outlines of ancient extra-terrestrial seas and rivers – the first unambiguous evidence that shorelines once existed on the Red Planet.
The camera has also witnessed in high-resolution detail the moment when the warmth of the Martian spring forced puffs of dust through the thin polar caps of dry ice – solid carbon dioxide – to form weird “starburst” patterns on the surface of the planet.
“Spring on Mars is quite different from spring on Earth because Mars has not just permanent ice caps, but also seasonal polar caps of carbon dioxide,” said Candice Hansen-Koharcheck, of Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
“What happens on Mars, we think, is that as the seasonal ice cap thins from the bottom, gas underneath the cap builds up pressure. And where gas under the ice finds a weak spot or a crack, it will flow out of the opening, often carrying a little dust from the surface below.”
At Least 6 Killed in Red Line Crash
THE IMPACT: Train Strikes Another, Injuring Scores, Stalling Commute
By Lena H. Sun and Maria Glod
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
One Metro train slammed into the back of another on the Red Line at the height of the evening rush yesterday, killing at least six and injuring 70 others in the deadliest accident in Metrorail’s 33-year-history.Metro officials expected the death toll to rise to at least nine.
The impact of the crash was so powerful that the trailing train was left atop the first train. Witnesses told stories of rescues and people helping others amid the chaos. Firefighters had to use heavy rescue equipment to cut open the cars to reach people trapped inside, and D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said fire officials were still going through the trains last night to make sure they had recovered all the bodies.