His victory goes some way to repairing the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic, punctured four years ago when an election marred by fraud allegations led to mass unrest, and may give leverage for reformist voices muzzled since then to re-emerge.
But the hopeful reaction abroad was tempered by skepticism that Rohani could overcome the mistrust and alienation prevailing between Tehran and much of the world, and arch-enemy Israel warned against any complacency on Iran's disputed quest for nuclear power.
"The international community must not give in to wishful thinking or temptation and loosen the pressure on Iran for it to stop its nuclear program," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Reuters.com has more here.
Obama Heads To Ireland for G-8 Summit - President Obama will be the one getting grilled at the G8 summit beginning Monday in Northern Ireland.
The National Security Agency’s collection of online data has created a firestorm of controversy in Europe, where privacy is highly valued.
U.S. allies are expected to press Obama over the issue in one-on-one meetings, and the fight over the programs threaten to be a distraction from White House goals to reach consensus on the next steps in Syria. TheHill.com has more here.
There is some common ground – the U.S. and Russia both support peace talks in Geneva between Syrian strongman Bashar al Assad’s regime and the rebel coalition, though Russia has criticized the U.S. for insufficiently pressuring the rebels to commit. NBC News has more here.
The National Defense Commission said Sunday that the talks should ease tensions and achieve peace and security on the Korean Peninsula. Politico.com has more here.