Thousands of Iranians rallied outside the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran Wednesday to mark 30 years since Iranian students took over the compound and held dozens of Americans hostage. Opposition supporters also briefly staged their own protests.
Supporters of Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi clashed with security forces and government supporters Friday during annual pro-Palestinian rallies in Tehran, renewing tensions around the results of June's presidential election.
In other news, markets rose on positive reports from the manufacturing and housing sectors. Also, in auto news Ford reported its best showing in months but Chrysler and GM each posted a greater than 30 percent loss.
In other news, markets rose on Wall Street after positive news from the homebuilding and retail sectors, and billionaire banker Allen Stanford pleaded not guilty to to bilking investors out of their investments.