Iran sanctions 15 U.S. firms, citing human rights and Israel ties
DUBAI Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 U.S. companies for alleged human rights violations and cooperating with Israel, the state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday.
LJUBLJANA Slovenia's Constitutional Court confirmed on Wednesday the country will hold a general election on July 13, as decided by President Borut Pahor on June 1 when he dismissed parliament.
The court rejected all three appeals of non-parliamentary parties and citizens who claimed the election should take place in the autumn rather than during the summer holidays in July.
"The constitution determines that elections have to be held at the latest two months after the parliament is dissolved," the court said in a statement.
"If the president of Slovenia declared elections in the autumn, he would violate the constitution," it added.
Slovenia must hold the snap election because center-left Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek resigned in May after losing the battle for the leadership of the Positive Slovenia party.
This will be the second early election in a row in a country that barely avoided an international bailout in December by pumping some 3.3 billion euros of government money in local banks to prevent them from collapsing because of bad loans.
The previous general election was held in December 2011.
(Reporting By Marja Novak; Editing by Tom Heneghan)
VLADIVOSTOK/YEKATERINBURG Several dozen people were detained in protests across Russia on Sunday, after the opposition urged people to take to the streets to demonstrate against corruption and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.