Update: 12:25

November 11, 2002

Oxford launches Mexican studies centre
A Centre for Mexican Studies is being launched at Oxford University. It will be the first academic base in Europe dedicated to the promotion of research, graduate teaching and academic knowledge of Mexican issues. The centre, which will be launched by the signing of a document by Vicento Fox, the president of Mexico, will work closely with academics in Mexico City.

Rural Afghan women still denied education
Afghan women still do not have the right to education in rural areas or attend universities, according to a Kabul female prosecutor. Interviewed on Radio Free Afghanistan, the woman, who gave her name as Zarghuna, said that even if the constitution now being drafted enshrines such rights, the real test will be how they are implemented.

Iran closes Ayandeh Research Institute
Iran has closed the Ayandeh Research Institute and arrested its head, Hussein Qazian, and a director, Abbas Abdi. The arrests follow those of top officials of the Islamic Culture and Guidance Ministry's public opinion poll service. The majority of Tehran respondents in a recent poll favoured resumption of Iran-US relations.

Chadian students demand corpse of rebel leader
Chadian students at the University of Tripoli, Libya, sympathetic to the rebel Movement for Development and Justice in Chad demanded that the corpse of their leader, Youssouf Togoimi, who died in mysterious circumstances be released to the movement for proper islamic burial. Officially, he died in a government hospital in Tripoli, after his military jeep hit a land mine near the border with Libya.

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