Syrians are voting in a presidential election on Tuesday, with incumbent Bashar al-Assad in pole position to win a third term.
The opposition has labeled the vote as a "farce", manipulated by the ruling party. Polling stations have only been opened in the government-controlled areas, while people in the rebel-held regions will not be able to have their say, the BBC reports.
A severe oil price hike was triggered in Iran by President Rouhani's decision to cut petrol subsisides, in a desperate attempt to address long-standing economic issues.
Subsidized fuel (available to each driver in limited quantities) thus rose from USD 0.16 to USD 0.28 per liter, according to Al Jazeera English.