LONDON — Underscoring its warming relations with Iran, Britain announced Tuesday that “the circumstances are right” to reopen the British Embassy in Tehran and that it would establish a small presence there as soon as is practical.
Full diplomatic ties were suspended in 2011 after attacks on Britain’s diplomatic compound in Tehran, but relations have been improving ever since a change in political leadership in Iran last year and progress in international talks on Iran’s nuclear program.
The pace of the thaw appears to have been intensified significantly by a shared interest in containing Sunni militants after their recent military successes in Iraq.
Roma teenager in coma
PARIS — A teenage Roma boy lay in a coma in a hospital in the French capital Tuesday after being abducted from a shantytown and violently beaten last week, apparently in retaliation for what his assailants thought were thefts he committed in a nearby housing project, the French authorities said.
Politicians and rights groups condemned the attack, which police and judicial officials said involved as many as a dozen people. No racial motives were immediately apparent, and investigators have made no arrests.
Labor targets Hollande
PARIS — President Francois Hollande is facing one of the largest social challenges during his more than two years in office as protests from rail workers and actors’ unions test his efforts to fix the French economy.
French rail traffic was disrupted for a seventh day Tuesday as some unions at train operator SNCF protested a merger with the rail network company. Actors and their support teams — known as “les intermittents,” who demonstrated this week in Paris— are threatening to shut down theater festivals to block an increase in their welfare contributions and a delay in payments.
Clashes roil Pakistan
LAHORE, Pakistan — At least seven people were killed and about 100 injured in Lahore in violent clashes between the police and followers of Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, a fiery preacher turned political activist who has called for a mass movement against the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The clashes came at a critical time for Mr. Sharif, who is marshaling public support as the army embarks on a perilous offensive against the Taliban in the tribal district of North Waziristan.
Russia slams Ukraine
Moscow — Russia condemned Ukraine over the death of a state-television reporter killed by mortar fire in the violence-torn east of the country, adding to tension between the two neighbors.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said there are people who are “guilty” for the death of Igor Kornelyuk, a correspondent for Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, near Luhansk today, and the fate of his missing colleague. Sound producer Anton Voloshin was found dead later Tuesday.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday urged the international community to demand the Western-backed Palestinian president break off ties with the militant Hamas group over the abduction of three Israeli teens, the latest sign that Israel’s massive five-day-old search in the West Bank has broader objectives than finding the missing... China’s military has relaxed its height, eyesight and weight requirements for soldiers in an effort to attract more educated personnel, the state-owned China Daily newspaper said Tuesday.
— Compiled from news services