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  • Potent victory for Iran's president

    Iran's embattled president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is savouring a victory over his moderate opponents, foremost among them one of Iran's most influential powerbrokers. The country's supreme leader issued a "final and definite" decree giving Mr Ahmadinejad's government control of Iran's largest private university, which has previously been overseen by allies of Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, himself a former president. The Islamic Azad University, which has more than 1.3 million students in 357 campuses across Iran, was a major site of protests against Mr Ahmadinejad's fiercely disputed re-election last year. Mr Rafsanjani sits on the board of the university, which has significant...