10 May

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective





Assad’s brother tops Syria sanctions list

EU names 13 Syrian officials on sanctions list, including a brother and influential cousin of president Bashar al-Assad.

Last Modified: 10 May 2011 09:00 GMT


UN seeks help for migrants fleeing Libya

UN refugee agency calls on NATO and EU to intervene after hundreds of migrants drown while trying to escape conflict.

Last Modified: 10 May 2011 13:14 GMT


Iran’s power struggle

What does the rift between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei mean for Iran?
Inside Story Last Modified: 10 May 2011 08:02

There is an unprecedented power struggle at the highest level in Iran’s government.

The confrontation escalated after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, declined to officially support the supreme leader’s reinstatement of Heydar Moslehi, a cabinet minister fired by the president.

Making his position clear on the issue, Ahmadinejad effectively went on strike for 10 days, skipping cabinet meetings. 

But in a country where unwritten rules demand no one should oppose the supreme leader, Ahmadinejad’s future now seems uncertain.

Inside Story, with presenter Dareen Abughaida, discusses with Mohammed Syed Marandi, a professor of political science at Tehran University; Mehrdad Khonsari, a former Iranian diplomat; and Majoob Zweiri, an expert on Iran and the former head of Iranian studies at Durham university



Texas set to allow concealed handguns in public universities

Republicans in state senate approve ‘self-defence’ measure despite resistance from higher education officials

  • Associated Press
  •, Tuesday 10 May 2011 08.21 BST
  • Holders of concealed handgun licences will be allowed to take weapons into Texan public universities
    Holders of concealed handgun licences will be allowed to take weapons into public universities in Texas if the law is passed. Photograph: Alamy

    The holders of concealed handgun licences are set to be allowed to carry weapons into public college buildings and classrooms in Texas, after Republicans in the state senate approved the measure as part of a universities spending bill.


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