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Iran Sentences Rapper to Death
Iran Sentences
Rapper to Death

Iran Sentences Rapper to Death

Toomaj Salehi supported protests in 2022

(Newser) - A rapper who supported protests in Iran after the death in custody of a young woman arrested for not wearing a hijab has been sentenced to death. Reuters reports that the media department of Iran's judiciary has confirmed that Toomaj Salehi received the sentence on charges including "corruption...

Protests Renew Iran Uprising
Protests Renew
Iran Uprising
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Protests Renew Iran Uprising

Rallies around the world honor Mahsa Amini as her father is detained in Iran

(Newser) - "Say Her Name" demonstrations in global capitals marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Mahsa Amini on Saturday by demanding changes in Iran's Islamic theocracy rule. In Iran, journalists and rights groups said, the father of the Kurdish-Iranian woman who died in police custody was himself taken...

Morality Police Restart Patrols in Iran's Hijab Crackdown
Iran Launches Hijab Crackdown

Iran Launches Hijab Crackdown

Patrols resume on Tehran streets after police say violators will be detained

(Newser) - Iranian authorities on Sunday announced a new campaign to force women to wear the Islamic headscarf, and morality police returned to the streets 10 months after the death of a woman in their custody sparked nationwide protests. The morality police had largely pulled back following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa...

Iranian Couple Going to Jail After Dancing in Video

Amir Mohammad Ahmadi, Astiazh Haqiqi convicted of promoting prostitution, corruption

(Newser) - A young Iranian couple filmed dancing in front of Tehran's Freedom Tower have each been sentenced to more than 10 years in jail. A video shows Amir Mohammad Ahmadi, 22, picking up and twirling Astiazh Haqiqi, 21, who is not wearing a headscarf, allowing her long hair to flow...

Iran Stops Family of Beloved National Athlete From Leaving

Soccer great Ali Daei says wife and daughter were forced to disembark from plane

(Newser) - The wife and daughter of Iranian soccer legend Ali Daei were prevented from leaving Iran Monday. Per CNN , a Dubai-bound flight out of Tehran was ordered to land on the Iranian island of Kish, where the two were ordered to disembark, though they were not arrested. According to state news...

After Months of Protests, Iran Drops Morality Police
Iran: Nope, Morality Cops
Not Going Anywhere

Iran: Nope, Morality Cops Not Going Anywhere

State media denies reports that morality police will be disbanded following riots

(Newser) - Iranian state media quickly pushed back on reports that Iran was disbanding its morality police. It was the attorney general who was quoted saying as much, but per state media, it's not the judiciary that oversees the morality police force—it's the interior ministry, which has not yet...

Iran, US Soccer Now Have Bad Blood Over Altered Flag

Iran takes offense after US federation's display of support for protesters

(Newser) - In a move well beyond posting a cliche quote in the locker room, the US Soccer Federation angered Iran by publicly airing its support for Iranian protesters—two days before the nations' teams meet in the World Cup. The US federation posted Iran's flag on social media in a...

'This May Be My Last Post,' Iran Film Star Says Before Arrest

Tehran is targeting prominent protest supporters

(Newser) - Two prominent Iranian actors have been arrested for supporting anti-government protests and removing their headscarves during demonstrations. According to state-run media, Hengameh Ghaziani, 52, and Katayoun Riahi, 60, are accused of "collusion with the intention of acting against the state security," the BBC reports. Both women have won...

Thousands in Berlin Join Iranians' Protest

Demonstrations also are held at universities in Tehran

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of people gathered in Germany's capital Saturday to show solidarity with antigovernment protesters in Iran, where a movement sparked by the death of a woman in the custody of morality police has evolved into a challenge to the Islamic Republic. Berlin police estimated that 37,000...

'Elnaz the Champion' Arrives in Tehran, Her Story Unchanged

Iranian climber still insists her lack of hijab during competition in S. Korea was 'unintentional'

(Newser) - Update: Elnaz Rekabi is officially back in Iran, after a recent climbing competition in South Korea in which she didn't wear her hijab. The AP reports that the 33-year-old athlete gave a "careful, emotionless" interview to state media at the Tehran airport after landing early Wednesday, once more...

Gunfire, Blaze Break Out at Prison Holding Protesters
Iran Says Prison Fire
Killed 4, Injured 61

Iran Says Prison Fire Killed 4, Injured 61

Sources inside Evin prison dispute the count

(Newser) - Update: Iranian state media reported Sunday that four inmates died of smoke inhalation and 61 people were injured in a fire at the Evin prison, NBC News reports. Prison sources told BBC Persian , however, that the toll is higher. The state news agency quoted judiciary officials as saying that inmates...

Iran Judge Says Protesters Could Be Executed
Iran Judge Says Protesters
Could Be Executed

Iran Judge Says Protesters Could Be Executed

Trump seeks international support for protests

(Newser) - The death toll in the protests sweeping Iran is now at least 20—and it could end up a lot higher under a recommendation from the head of Tehran's Revolutionary Court. According to Iran's semi-official Tasnim News Agency, Mousa Ghazanfarabadi said Tuesday that some of the hundreds of...

State TV: Protesters Have Attacked Iran Military Bases

At least 12 killed, report says

(Newser) - At least 12 people have been killed in the ongoing protests in Iran , and armed protesters have tried to take over police stations and military bases, state TV reported Monday. The protests began Thursday in Mashhad over economic issues and have since expanded to several cities, with some protesters chanting...

Iran Cracks Down, Blocks Social Media

Instagram, Telegram blocked after protesters use it to coordinate, publicize mass demonstrations

(Newser) - Iran state TV is reporting that authorities have blocked Instagram and the messaging app Telegram, reports the AP . State TV's website reported the decision Sunday, citing an anonymous source who said it was "in line with maintaining peace and security of the citizens." The source said: "...

Amid Deaths, Iran Warns Protesters Will 'Pay the Price'

2 people killed overnight as minister says 'such behavior will be smashed'

(Newser) - Two protesters taking part in demonstrations roiling Iran since Thursday were killed overnight, semi-official news agency Mehr reported Sunday, the first deaths attributed to the ongoing protests. In response, Tehran warned that protesters would "pay the price," reports CNN . Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli told official news agency IRNA...

Tehran Shuttered After Currency Protests

Police seek to keep peace at major bazaar

(Newser) - The effects of yesterday's protests —and clashes—over Iran's sinking currency are still being felt in Tehran, with the shops of the city's Grand Bazaar closed today. Police are patrolling the area, which is set to reopen Saturday. Meanwhile, trade groups are saying Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's...

Protests Break Out in Iran Over Plummeting Currency

Riot police with demonstrators in Tehran

(Newser) - Iranian police in riot gear clashed with protesters in Tehran today, firing tear gas to try to get them to disperse, the BBC reports. Protesters took to the streets around a major bazaar to protest the plummeting rial , which has hit record lows against the dollar in recent days. Some...

Iranians Head to the Polls
 Iranians Head to the Polls 

Iranians Head to the Polls

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urges high turnout

(Newser) - Iran's supreme leader urged Iranians to vote in large numbers as the country holds parliamentary elections today, saying a high turnout would send a strong message to the enemies of the nation amid the nuclear standoff with the West. The balloting for the 290-member parliament is the first major...

Iran to Try Bush Officials for Human Rights Abuses

Trial designed to counter accusations of Tehran's own abuses

(Newser) - Iran intends to try 26 current or former US officials in absentia for human rights violations and forward its findings to international tribunals, one lawmaker said today. He didn’t specify which officials, but Reuters believes it’s likely to be the same people listed on a bill currently in...

Iran Willing to 'Slaughter' Rebels: Defector

Regime would be brutal in efforts to hold onto power: former vice consul

(Newser) - Iranians have been inspired by the successful revolts in Egypt and Tunisia, but a diplomat who defected last month warns that Iran's regime is a much more brutal one. Iran would "slaughter" rebels rather than cede control, says Ahmed Maleki, who served as vice consul in Iran's Milan consulate...

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