- - Tuesday, November 29, 2011

IRAN

Students storm British Embassy

TEHRAN — About 300 hard-line Iranian students stormed British diplomatic sites in Tehran on Tuesday, bringing down the Union Jack, burning an embassy vehicle and throwing documents from windows in scenes reminiscent of the seizing of the U.S. compound in 1979.

The mob surged past riot police into the British Embassy complex, which they pelted with gasoline bombs and stones.

The assault occurred two days after Iran’s parliament approved a bill that reduces diplomatic relations with Britain. London has backed recently upgraded Western sanctions on Tehran over its disputed nuclear program.

Demonstrators outside the embassy also burned British flags and clashed with police at the rally, which had been organized by student groups at universities and seminaries.

Police regained control of the site less than two hours later. The British Foreign Office denounced the melee.

MOROCCO

Islamist leader becomes new prime minister

RABAT — The leader of an Islamist party that has never before participated in Morocco’s governments was chosen by the king as the country’s new head of government on Tuesday.

The Justice and Development Party (PJD) won the most votes Friday in a national election prompted by the pro-democracy demonstrations that swept this North African kingdom of 32 million this year as part of the Arab Spring.

King Mohammed VI received PJD Secretary-General Abdelilah Benkirane in the mountain town of Midelt on Tuesday and named him head of government.

IRAQ

Biden visits Iraq ahead of troop departure

BAGHDAD — Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. arrived on a surprise visit to Iraq late Tuesday in a trip designed to chart a new relationship between the two countries after all U.S. forces have left the country in about a month.

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