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A ray of hope for Iran's opposition...After a move to let more candidates stand in upcoming elections... was approved on Saturday.A committee known as the Guardian Council reversed their disqualification of fifteen hundred applicants...After previously-rejected candidates - many from the Reformist party - presented new evidence of their credentials.SOTMohammad Reza Tabesh, Reformist MP"All parties that operate under the Iranian constitution should be able to participate in elections. It's not fair to let one party take part, while another gets pushed aside. When that happens, it means there's no competition - and that's not going to get people out to vote."Of the 12,000 who applied, around half have been approved to stand in the parliamentary elections.The Guardian Council has been accused of favouring conservative candidates...Because of its ties with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.But this MP says applicants were disqualified based on their credentials - and nothing else.SOTFatemeh Alia, Conservative MP"If someone has done something to compromise national security, like get involved in a case of corruption, or something similar to what happened in 2009, they should be disqualified on the grounds of infringement of the sovereignty of the country. And this has nothing to do with the nuclear deal or President Rouhani's policies." There's no confirmation yet of how many Reformists will be standing...A final list of candidates will be released on February 16th.But Rouhani - who has close ties to the party - is hoping they can make gains...Following the implementation of Iran's nuclear deal and removal of international sanctions.

Iran elections: Ray of hope for opposition

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FRANCE

French general faces court over anti-Islam rally

A French court on Monday postponed the trial of General Christian Piquemal, a former commander of the French Foreign Legion, who was arrested in Calais for attending a banned rally in support of the Islamophobic Pegida movement.

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FOOTBALL

PSG beat Marseille 2-1 in 'Le Classique'

Paris Saint-Germain defeated bitter rivals Marseille 2-1 on Sunday to extend their record unbeaten run in Ligue 1 to 34 matches as the hosts remained unable to solve their home woes.

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USA

Denver Broncos clinch Superbowl victory

Peyton Manning cemented his place in the pantheon of quarterback greats as the Denver Broncos produced a magnificent defensive display to stun the Carolina Panthers with an upset 24-10 victory in Super Bowl 50 here Sunday.

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NIGERIA

Nigeria investigates Boko Haram Attacks

Nigeria's army on Sunday said it has launched a probe into recent attacks by Boko Haram militants which claimed dozens of lives of lives near Maiduguri, capital of northeast Borno state.