World Bulletin / News Desk
Iran will hold presidential elections on June 14 next year, the Interior Ministry said on Friday, the first such vote since a violent crackdown on protests over Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election in 2009.
The 2013 presidential vote is expected to be a contest between candidates representing Ahmadinejad's allies and his more conservative opponents. Ahmadinejad himself cannot run for a third term due to a constitutional limit.
"The next presidential election will be held at the same time as municipal elections," the official IRNA news agency said, citing the Interior Ministry.
Iran's disputed 2009 presidential election was followed by months of massive anti-government street protests, quelled by security forces. The opposition said the vote was rigged in Ahmadinejad's favour, a charge dismissed by the authorities.
The two leading opposition leaders Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi have been held incommunicado since February last year when the two called their supporters on to the streets for a rally in support of uprisings in the Arab world.
In a contest between conservative factions in parliamentary elections in March, loyalists of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei won the majority of seats, eroding Ahmadinejad's authority.
Mammadov, a 21-year-old activist from the NIDA pro-democracy youth group, withdrew an earlier admission of guilt in court, insisting it had been made "under torture".
The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight crashed into a hillside after one of its two turboprop engines failed while travelling from the city of Chitral to the capital, and burst into flames killing everyone on board.
China should "build more strategic nuclear arms and accelerate the deployment of the DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile" to protect its interests, should Trump attempt to corner the country in an "unacceptable way", it said.
The fighting broke out after the seven men, who were travelling through the mountainous region by foot, refused to stop for a search, according to the military officer who requested anonymity.
Bill English to replace John Key who resigned after 8 years in office
Brings number of workers to die in such coal mine accidents in over past week to 64
The motion, which accuses Park of constitutional and criminal violations ranging from a failure to protect people's lives to bribery and abuse of power, will be put to a full vote of the National Assembly on Friday.
No immediate reports of casualties, damage in region where at least 1 died in temblor last month
Analysts say the recent bout of unrest in Shan threatens the second round of peace talks she had scheduled for February and has strengthened the role of the army, who still control key levers of power.
The aircraft issued a Mayday call at 4:14 pm (1114 GMT) Wednesday before losing radar contact and crashing, with villagers saying the pilot dragged falling plane to the hills instead of a local village
Pakistani authorities say 47 people on board plane that crashed after leaving capital Islamabad
Fresh fighting breaks out between gov’t troops, ISIL-inspired group that occupied part of town in Muslim south last month
Aceh official says at least 500 receiving treatment at Sigli town hospital after strong quake topples dozens of buildings
The Fugro Equator, one of four vessels involved in the search, remains in the 120,000 square-kilometre (46,000-square-mile) zone where investigators believe the Malaysian Airlines jet went down.
The young man, who was 17 when he was arrested by police last year, pleaded guilty to one charge of committing an act, or planning the preparation of an act, of terror.
Kofi Annan says discussed Rakhine Buddhist-Rohingya Muslim reconciliation, citizenship, development with Myanmar gov’t