Tehran to probe diplomat’s defection

Updated 24 February 2013
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Tehran to probe diplomat’s defection

TEHRAN: Iran said yesterday it is investigating the reported defection of one of its diplomats in Norway, with a spokesman suggesting it was due to personal problems, Mehr news agency said.
“Despite completing his mission, an administrative staffer at our embassy in Oslo has not yet returned to Tehran due to some personal problems, such as his child’s education and family problems,” said the Foreign Ministry’s Ramin Mehmanparast.
“The issue is still being pursued,” the spokesman said in a statement, adding the diplomat’s mission was over and his successor was sent to Norway “a while ago.”
He did not name the diplomat nor did he elaborate further. Joergen Loevdal, the diplomat’s lawyer, said on Friday that his client, who wished to remain anonymous, did not want to “comment in public on his reasons for doing this.”
Posted to Norway in 2009, “the man is now seeking asylum,” Loevdal said.


Yemen Red Cross: More dying from indirect effects of war

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Yemen Red Cross: More dying from indirect effects of war

UNITED NATIONS: The outgoing head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Yemen says he believes more people are dying now from indirect effects of the conflict.
Alexandre Faite pointed to more than 2,000 deaths from cholera and acute watery diarrhea in a little over six months, a crumbling health system, almost no power in most towns, and the absence of key commodities or their availability only at very high prices.
He told a small group of reporters Friday that he has been traveling to capitals including Berlin, Brussels, Paris and Washington to deliver the message that “the situation in Yemen and the results of indirect effects of the hostilities are really dire.”