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Iran parliament rejects Rouhani's third nominee for universities minister DUBAI: Iran's conservative-dominated parliament rejected President Hassan Rouhani's third nominee to lead the coveted Ministry of Higher Education, underscoring the difficult task he faces in implementing his promised social and political reforms.The choice of Minister for Science, Research and Higher Education is sensitive because the ministry sets the ideological direction for universities, which have been a hotbed of pro-democracy protests and clashes with security forces.Parliament, where Islamists hold a majority, voted 160 to 79 with seven abstentions to reject Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi, Rouhani's third attempt to fill the job since his landslide election last year on a platform of social and political reforms.His first choice, Mohammad Ali Najafi, was dismissed over alleged ties to mass protests that followed ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election in 2009. The second nominee, Reza Faraji-Dana, was initially approved but impeached in August, only nine months into his tenure.Criticised for his no-show in parliament to defend ...

Taliban storm Afghan court, kill seven: officials KUNDUZ: Taliban militants stormed a court in northern Afghanistan on Monday and killed at least seven people including prosecutors, officials said.Four attackers wearing army uniforms attacked a provincial appeals court in the city of Kunduz, triggering a four-hour gunbattle with Afghan security forces, provincial police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini told AFP."They first blew up an explosives-laden car at the gate of the court and then entered the building," he said."The attackers killed six court officials ...
Modi takes tea, but no questions, in first press event as PM NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took tea, but no questions, on Saturday at his first staged meeting with the Indian press since coming to power five months ago, underscoring the delicate relationship he has with the fourth estate.Modi said he wanted to strengthen ties with journalists and thanked them for reporting on a 'Clean India' campaign he launched recently by taking a broom to a rubbish-strewn street in New Delhi."The prime minister cannot ...
India court jails five for life for gang-rape NEW DELHI: An Indian court Monday jailed five men for life for gang-raping a call centre worker in a case that occurred two years before a fatal sex attack on a student sparked global outrage. The men abducted the 30-year-old woman at gunpoint in 2010 as she was walking home with a colleague after a late shift in southwest New Delhi, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency reported.They took turns raping the woman, ...
Death toll in India from cyclone Hudhud climbs to 41 BHUBANESWAR: The death toll from a cyclone that hit India's east coast last week has risen to 41, as authorities struggle to restore power, transport and communication links and shelter 150,000 people forced to abandon their homes.Cyclone Hudhud slammed into the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha states, tearing down tens of thousands of mud-and-thatch homes, and flattening rice, banana and sugarcane plantations."Electricity has been restored in about 60 percent of the affected area. In ...
speed rail designer gets suspended death sentence in bribe case SHANGHAI: The rail engineer credited with designing China's high-speed rail network received a suspended death sentence after a Beijing court found him guilty of taking 47.6 million yuan ($7.8 million) in bribes, Chinese state media reported on Friday.Zhang Shuguang, former deputy chief engineer and transportation bureau head of China's now-defunct Ministry of Railways, was charged in September of last year for accepting bribes mostly from private Chinese firms vying to win contracts over an 11-year ...
Kerry, Zarif, Ashton start talks on Iran's nuclear programme VIENNA: Talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry, his Iranian counterpart and the EU foreign policy chief towards advancing troubled negotiations on Iran's nuclear drive started on Wednesday, an AFP reporter said.The discussions in Vienna between Kerry, Mohammad Javad Zarif and Catherine Ashton come six weeks before a November 24 deadline to strike a deal aimed at easing concerns about Iran's atomic programme.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

 



 
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