Warrant names ex-president’s son
TEHRAN | Iranian authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the son of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on charges of helping foment last year’s postelection unrest, state radio reported Tuesday.
In the turmoil that swept Iran after the disputed June 2009 presidential election, the ruling establishment sought to contain the powerful Mr. Rafsanjani, who supported an opposition candidate and appeared to side with critics alleging vote fraud.
Since last year, judiciary officials and other hard-liners have been challenging Mr. Hashemi to return to Iran to answer accusations of encouraging anti-government violence. Mr. Hashemi, who has denied the charges, is not known to have had any key role in the opposition movement or the street protests.
4 in critical condition after refinery leak
JERUSALEM | Four people are in critical condition in a Haifa hospital since late Sunday after inhaling poisonous material after a leak at the country’s oil refinery on the city’s seacoast, the rescue service said.
The rescue service said in a statement that its crews worked to resuscitate the victims at the scene and on the way to the hospital. Paramedic Eli Geller said the four were not breathing and had no pulse when they were found. He told Israel Radio: “One’s pulse has been restored, and a second is showing signs of recovery.”
The cause and source of the leak were not immediately known, and there were no immediate details about the nature of leaked material. Israel Radio said the leak was contained within the refinery, and there was no danger outside.
The huge oil refinery in Haifa, Israel’s third-largest city with a population of 265,000, has been a target of environmentalists and worried residents because of the potential for widespread damage and casualties in the event of an accident or an attack.
Lawmaker backs protecting Christians
BAGHDAD | A Christian lawmaker called on Iraq’s government Tuesday to better protect its dwindling Christian community, lambasting the nations that have offered asylum to the minority as meddling in Iraq’s problems.View Entire Story
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