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Tehran mourns Rafsanjani’s death
Tens of thousands of people joined the country's leaders in today’s funeral. Dubbed the “Shark" and "pragmatic", the late president (1989-1997) was Ayatollah Khomeini’s confidante. Spearheading the alliance between moderates and reformers, he was instrumental in Rouhani’s victory. His death comes a few months before upcoming presidential elections, which are shaping up to be an uphill battle.
Iran nuclear deal tanks oil prices
Following the inking of the agreement, oil prices drop below US$ 50 a barrel. Tehran is poised to boost output by 500,000 barrels after international sanctions. The US is not too concerned. Rome and Paris plan renew ties with Tehran. Energy demands are slowing as summer ends and China’s economy slows down.
Taipei, police clear students from government buildings as protest turns violent
Unsatisfied with President Ma Ying- jeou’s promises, the students occupied the houses of government, after having staged a sit-in at parliament. The operation – which sparked conflict – ended at dawn today. Some young students’ frustration resulted in vandalism. The students speak to AsiaNews.
Asian markets gain on US 'fiscal cliff' deal
Shares up by 20%. Positive data for Korean and Chinese manufacturers. Yen drops. The bipartisan congressional solution postpones problems to February, when decision must be made on debt ceiling, now amounting to 16.4 trillion dollars.
Nepalese parliament reaches agreement on future of 19 thousand Maoist guerrillas
Over 6500 former paramilitary integrated into the army. The remaining 12,500 will be included in programs for absorption into society. The landmark decision comes five years after the Civil War. Radical fringes of the Maoist party protest.
Asian stock markets gain after United States default deal
Tokyo closes up 1.34%, Manila + 1.04. Positive openings in Hong Kong and Mumbai.
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