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BEIJING | Image-conscious China appoints new global propaganda czar

BEIJING  — China’s increasingly image-conscious government has appointed a trusted member of the ruling Communist Party to head up its international propaganda operation. Former top internet regulator Xu Lin will be in charge of efforts to portray China as a progressive force for good in the world at a time when it’s facing criticism over … Continue reading BEIJING | Image-conscious China appoints new global propaganda czar

TEHRAN, Iran | Iran appoints former F-14 Tomcat pilot as air force chief

TEHRAN, Iran  — Iran’s official IRNA news agency is reporting that the country’s top leader has appointed a new chief for its air force. The Sunday report says Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has appointed Gen. Aziz Nasirzadeh as the new air force chief. Gen. Nasirzadeh, a former F-14 Tomcat pilot and veteran of the … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Iran appoints former F-14 Tomcat pilot as air force chief

ISLAMABAD | Pakistani lawmakers gather to elect Imran Khan as PM

ISLAMABAD  — Pakistani lawmakers are gathering in the National Assembly, or lower house of the parliament to elect the former cricket star and longtime politician Imran Khan as the country’s prime minister. The vote in parliament is due on Friday afternoon. Khan is assured to win, following his party’s victory in last month’s general elections. … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistani lawmakers gather to elect Imran Khan as PM