Hard-line Iranian cleric Raisi gets second powerful job in a week

On Thursday March 7, 2019, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei named Raisi as the country's new judiciary chief. (File/AP/Vahid Salemi)
Updated 12 March 2019

Hard-line Iranian cleric Raisi gets second powerful job in a week

GENEVA: Hard-line Iranian cleric Ebrahim Raisi was elected on Tuesday as deputy chief of the Assembly of Experts, an influential clerical body which chooses the Supreme Leader, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.
He got the job less than a week after he was appointed head of the judiciary — making the protege of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei a key player in Iran’s politics.


Oman’s ruler back home after medical checkup in Belgium

Updated 13 December 2019

Oman’s ruler back home after medical checkup in Belgium

  • Sultan Qaboos has ruled Oman since he succeeded his father in 1970
  • The sultan has no known successor for his throne in Oman

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Oman’s 79-year-old ruler has returned to his sultanate after traveling to Belgium for a medical checkup, the sultanate’s state-run news agency reported Friday.

Sultan Qaboos bin Said left “for some medical checks that will take a limited period, God willing,” the Oman News Agency reported a week earlier, citing a royal court statement. A similar royal statement announced his return, without elaborating.

Bin Said has taken medical trips abroad in the past. The sultan has ruled Oman since he succeeded his father in 1970. He has no known successor for his throne in Oman, a country on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula that’s home to some 4.6 million people.