Ahmadinejad Beset at Home and Away as Term Nears End

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad makes his final appearance at the United Nations this week as a leader vilified abroad and with dwindling popularity at home. With nine months left before his final term expires, Ahmadinejad, 55, presides over an economy hobbled by European and U.S.-led sanctions and a currency collapse that’s firing inflation.

Iran arrests Rafsanjani’s daughter

Iran’s official news agency says authorities have detained the daughter of influential ex-president and political centrist Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. The Sunday report by IRNA says Tehran’s judiciary department took Faezeh Hashemi into custody late Saturday to serve a six-month sentence on charges of making propaganda against the ruling system.

Iranian women banned from 77 university courses

New rules banning female university students from studying 77 subjects in Iran have come into effect as the nation’s academic year kicked off on Saturday. No official reason has been given for the restrictions to courses at more than 30 universities. Banned courses include nuclear physics, computer science and English literature.

Putin, Ahmadinejad to meet in Beijing

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he’ll talk with Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Beijing. The Putin-Ahmadinejad talks in Beijing come as the Russian president prepares to host the so-called “P5+1” group — the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany