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Syria opposition names ‘ambassador’ to Britain

LONDON — The Syrian opposition’s new envoy to Britain is an exiled human rights activist who once represented the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in London.

The Syrian National Coalition, formed Nov. 11, announced on its Facebook page last week that Walid Safur, president of the Syrian Commission for Human Rights, will represent it in the British capital.

The 62-year-old former teacher from the central Syrian city of Homs established the human rights commission in 1986. He was imprisoned several times before he fled to London, where he later represented the Muslim Brotherhood.

Last month, British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced that London recognizes the coalition as the sole representative of the Syrian people, following similar moves by France and Turkey.

The coalition also has named an envoy to France.


Calderon heading for Kennedy School

MEXICO CITY — Harvard University says former Mexican President Felipe Calderon will become a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government.

The Kennedy School says Mr. Calderon will be the first participant in a specially endowed fellowship for government leaders who have left office.

It says he will lecture, write, meet with students and professors and develop case studies based on his six-year term in office.

Mr. Calderon’s term was marked by his escalation of a militarized offensive against drug cartels, which unleashed waves of violence that left at least 47,500 Mexicans dead before his administration stopped releasing figures last year.

He also oversaw steady economic growth after a 2009 slump linked to the global economic crash. The Kennedy School praised Mr. Calderon for free-market policies that boosted the economy.

From wire dispatches and staff reports