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B>TEHERAN:/BIran's supreme leader Tuesday ruled out any delay to the Feb 20 parliamentary elections and warned officials to back off their threats to resign in protest at the mass barring of reformist candidates.
B>TEHERAN:/BIran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has again intervened in the country's political crisis by ordering four ministers to urgently investigate the mass disqualifications of reformist candidates from next month's elections, a top official announced yesterday.
The murder of Cambodia's most prominent labour activist, whose funeral attracted thousands yesterday, is the latest in a series of broad daylight assassinations that has aroused fear on the streets of the capital.
B>COLOMBO/B>: Sri Lanka's president has revealed that she privately underwent a second swearing-in ceremony a year after she last took office, and claims this entitles her to stay in the post for an additional year, until 2006, further complicating the island's political crisis.
B>TEHERAN:/BA senior Iranian official has warned that President Mohammad Khatami's government may resign if it cannot persuade hardliners to overturn a decision to bar hundreds of liberal candidates from a national election, the official IRNA news agency reported Monday.
B>BANGKOK:/BA series of bloody attacks in Thailand's Muslim-majority south represents a marked departure from previous violence and could spell a political crisis for the government, analysts said yesterday.
This year, North Korea expelled two United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors, and later pulled out of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), raising jitters over its nuclear plans.