Trib­ute to the fallen

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Iran’s long-serv­ing par­lia­ment speaker will re­tain his post de­spite gains by re­formists in elec­tions held ear­lier this year, the of­fi­cial IRNA news agency has re­ported. Ali Lar­i­jani, a 59-year-old mod­er­ate con­ser­va­tive, was re-elected by 173 of the 281 law­mak­ers who at­tended yes­ter­day’s ses­sion. He de­feated Mohammed Reza Aref, a re­formist who is more open to ex­pand­ing so­cial and po­lit­i­cal free­doms. Both the mod­er­ate con­ser­va­tives and the re­formists sup­port Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani and the nu­clear deal reached last year, but the re­formists also want to ease re­stric­tions on free­dom of ex­pres­sion. The elec­tion of Lar­i­jani marks an early vic­tory for the mod­er­ate con­ser­va­tives in the new par­lia­ment, which met for the first time on Satur­day. IRNA says Lar­i­jani, who has been speaker for eight years, was voted in­terim speaker yes­ter­day. He is ex­pected to be re-elected once the cre­den­tials of new par­lia­ment mem­bers are ver­i­fied.

French Pres­i­dent Francois Hol­lande (cen­tre) and Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel (right) laid a wreath at a Ger­man ceme­tery in Con­sen­voye, north­east­ern France, yes­ter­day, dur­ing a re­mem­brance cer­e­mony to mark the cen­te­nary of the bat­tle of Ver­dun. Hol­lande and Merkel are mark­ing 100 years since the 10-month Bat­tle of Ver­dun, which killed 163,000 French and 143,000 Ger­man sol­diers and wounded hun­dreds of thou­sands.

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