Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has fired the country’s foreign minister in a move that The New York Time says surprised many in Tehran, including the state-run media. NYT adds that the president’s dismissal of Manouchehr Mottaki through a presidential order reflected a strengthening of Ahmajinejad’s power. Mottaki was in Senegal for an official trip when the order was issued and was not able to promptly react to the news, NYT says.

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      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.