Ahmadinejad's opposition leads in local elections

Conservative opponents of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took an early lead in Iran's local elections, according to partial results announced by the Interior Ministry on Monday. The trend appears to be an embarrassment for Ahmadinejad, whose anti-Israeli rhetoric and unyielding position on Iran's nuclear program have provoked condemnation in the West and moves toward sanctions at the UN Security Council.