13 Jul

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

Iranian scientist surfaces in US


A number of videos purportedly showing Amiri
have appeared on the internet [File: AFP]

The Pakistani foreign ministry has confirmed that an Iranian nuclear scientist, who Iran claims was abducted by the US, has taken refuge at their embassy in Washington DC.

The scientist, Shahram Amiri, was “dropped off” on Monday night, according to Abdul Basit, a spokesman for the Pakistani foreign ministry in Islamabad.

Iran and the US have no diplomatic relations, so Tehran’s interests in Washington are handled by an “interests section” at the Pakistani embassy.

The interests section, where Amiri was dropped off, is separate from the main Pakistani embassy in Washington.

Iranian authorities have repeatedly said that Amiri was seized by the CIA as he visited Saudi Arabia last year. US officials have denied those allegations.

Iranian state media reported that Amiri asked for a “quick return” to Iran, and Basit said Iranian authorities were making arrangements to get him out of the United States.


Cuban dissidents arrive in Spain

Six political prisoners reach Madrid after being freed by Havana following deal.

France to vote on veil ban

Alliot-Marie defended the bill saying that life in France is carried out with a bare face [AFP]

France’s lower house of parliament is due to vote on whether to ban the public wearing of the face-covering veil worn by some Muslim women.

The controversial bill is likely to be passed by deputies on Tuesday and the Senate will probably follow suit in September.

Only three members of the Green party are expected to vote against the ban, while the opposition Socialists have decided to boycott the vote.

Polls show voters overwhelmingly support a ban, but France’s highest administrative body warned in March that it could be found unconstitutional and therefore thrown out.


Afghan soldier kills Nato troops

More than 350 foreign troops have died in Afghanistan since the beginning of 2010 [File]

An Afghan soldier is on the run after killing three British Gurkha soldiers in southern Helmand province.

Several other soldiers were wounded in the attack near Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of the restive province where about 9,000 British troops fighting Taliban forces are based.

“We confirm that an Afghan army solider has opened fire and killed three British soldiers,” Mohammad Zahir Azimi, the Afghan defence ministry spokesman, said.

An investigation into the incident is under way, officials said…………………………..


Taliban talks ‘pose risk’ for women

Reconciliation talks could reverse women’s progress, rights group warns……………………

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