Iran's President Hassan Rouhani accused Western powers of trying to exploit differences between the world's Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims to divert attention from the Israel-Palestinian conflict, state television reported on Friday. The protesters condemned the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and chanted "Death to Israel" and "Death to America". "We stand with the dispossessed Palestinian nation." Opposition to Israel, which Tehran refuses to recognize, has been a cornerstone of Iranian policy since its 1979 Islamic revolution.
Once-banned Russian doping whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova has been declared eligible to compete at the Rio Olympics under a neutral flag, the IAAF said on Friday. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said Stepanova "is now eligible to compete in International Competitions as an independent neutral athlete". Stepanova, a 29-year-old runner who specialises in the 800 metres, can also compete in the European Championships in Amsterdam from July 6-10.