Hardliner Elected as Head of Iran’s Top Clerical Body

Ahmad Jannati

DUBAI (Reuters) – A powerful anti-Western cleric was chosen on Tuesday as the head of Iran’s new Assembly of Experts, in a sign that hardliners are still in firm control of the body in charge of choosing the next supreme leader.

How Russia Allowed Homegrown Radicals to Go and Fight in Syria

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, seen from near the Mursitpinar border crossing

NOVOSASITLI, Russia (Reuters) – Four years ago, Saadu Sharapudinov was a wanted man in Russia. A member of an outlawed Islamist group, he was hiding in the forests of the North Caucasus, dodging patrols by paramilitary police and plotting a holy war against Moscow.

Top Hezbollah Commander Killed in Syria

Top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine is seen in this handout picture released by Hezbollah Media office

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine has been killed in an attack in Syria, the Lebanese Shi’ite group said on Friday, the biggest blow to the Iranian-backed organization since its military chief was killed in 2008.

Ex-N.Y. Legislative Leader Silver to Be Sentenced for Corruption

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver arrives at the Manhattan U.S. District Courthouse in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who spent decades as one of the state’s most powerful politicians before being convicted of corruption, is set to be sentenced on Tuesday for collecting millions of dollars in illegal kickbacks.