far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused to don a
headscarf for a meeting with Lebanon's top Sunni Muslim cleric on
Tuesday and walked away from the scheduled appointment after a brief
squabble at the entrance.
The debacle topped Le Pen's three-day visit to Lebanon, where she held her first campaign meeting with a head of state. It drew the focus to her strong support for secularism and a proposal in her presidential platform that promotes banishing headscarves and other obvious religious symbols in all public spaces.
president on Tuesday appointed his wife as the first vice president of
the ex-Soviet nation — the person next in line in the nation's power
Ilham Aliyev, 55 named his wife Mehriban, 52, to the position created after a constitutional referendum in September. Mehriban, who married her husband when she was 19, graduated from a medical university. She has served previously as a lawmaker and headed a charity.
The investigation into the death of the exiled half-brother of North Korea's
ruler is being conducted in an impartial manner, Malaysia's ambassador
to Pyongyang said Tuesday, rejecting accusations from the North that the
probe was politically tinged.
Mohamad Nizan Mohamad spoke in China's capital, Beijing, while in transit to Malaysia to where he had been recalled following the death last week in the Southeast Asian nation of Kim Jong Nam.