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Iranian President Rouhani presents his cabinet to parliament without any woman minister
Seventeen ministerial positions are filled out of 18. Key figures in the previous cabinet are re-confirmed, including the Foreign, Oil, Intelligence and Interior ministers. New picks go to Defence and Justice. Reformists criticise the lack of women members. Rouhani has surrendered to the pressure of the religious establishment.
10/08/2017 09:00:00 IRAN
Iran's Rouhani appoints female vice-presidents after criticism
A fourth woman has been appointed as civil rights assistant. Iran's 12 vice-presidents run organisations linked to the presidency. Lawmakers are not expected to challenge the chosen cabinet. Key roles are filled with the approval of the Supreme Leader Khamenei.
No confidence vote against Kuwait’s ‘Iron Lady’ fails
Education Minister Nouriya al-Sabeeh, the only woman in active politics in Kuwait, gets to keep her job. Only 19 MPs out of 48 want her out. Ms al-Sabeeh pledges to continue with reforms and to fight against the country’s conservative tendencies.
05/05/2006 ISRAEL VATICAN
Palestinian territories, Iran, the Church: tough challenges for the Olmert government
The new Israeli government has won the confidence of the Knesset, but it has its work cut out. Poverty, Israel's borders and Iran top the agenda. Support for its plans in the Palestinian territories remains lukewarm at home and in the US. Catholics want to see drawn-out negotiations with the Vatican concluded.
14/08/2017 09:51:00 IRAN
Tehran strengthens military spending and allocates 500 million
The Iranian Parliament has voted for investment growth in missile defense and foreign operations. MPs voted in favor (240 out of 244) with anti-US slogans and songs. Ali Larijani: Response to "terrorist and adventurism" in Washington and in the Middle East.
Bangkok, Parliament rejects no-confidence vote. Protests continue on the streets
With 297 votes in favor and 134 against , the executive fends off the assaults of the parliamentary opposition. The Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra open to talks, but protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban rejects the offer . Appeal from UN secretary general for restraint and respect for human rights.
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