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Iranian-British Citizen Sentenced To Death For Spying On Iran

The UK called Iran’s planned execution of former defense official Alireza Akbari ‘politically motivated’ and demanded his immediate release. Iran’s Supreme Court sentenced an Iranian-British citizen to death on charges of spying for the United Kingdom. Alireza Akbari was given the death penalty for “corruption on Earth and for harming the country’s internal and external security by passing on intelligence”, […]

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Ukraine, Russia Report Heavy Fighting In Battle For Soledar

The Russian and Ukrainian militaries said there was heavy fighting Wednesday in Soledar, countering an earlier claim by Russia’s mercenary Wagner Group that it had taken control of the town in eastern Ukraine. Hours after the Wagner Group claim, the Russian military said fighting was ongoing with Russian airborne units surrounding the town on the north and south. A spokesman […]

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US Lawmakers Move To Reevaluate US Policy Towards China

WASHINGTON — A congressional reassessment of American policy towards China is expected to get underway in earnest early next month. In a 365-65 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution Tuesday creating a special Select Committee on China. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has tapped Republican Representative Mike Gallagher to chair the committee’s work. “A lot of people are interested. […]

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Iran Rejects UN Investigation Into Protests

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman carried a gas mask in a reference to Germany’s alleged supply of chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq war as he denounced the UN investigation. Tehran, Iran – Iran has said it will not cooperate with a United Nations fact-finding mission on its response to ongoing anti-government demonstrations due to what it calls the investigation’s “political” nature. Tehran […]

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UNICEF Condemns Violence, Abuse Of Children In Iran Protests

The United Nations children’s agency issued a statement Sunday condemning “the violence and abuse that have reportedly claimed the lives of over 50 children and injured many more during the public unrest in Iran.” The agency said it is “deeply concerned about continued raids and searches conducted in some schools” and said that “schools must always be safe places for […]

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China Arrests BBC Journalist Covering COVID Protests

LONDON — The BBC has said one of its journalists in China was arrested and beaten by police while covering protests on Sunday against the country’s zero-COVID policy. Hundreds of people took to the streets in China’s major cities on Sunday in a rare outpouring of public anger against the state. “The BBC is extremely concerned about the treatment of our […]

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Zelenskyy Warns Of New Week Of Russian Attacks

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said late Sunday the coming week could be as difficult as the past week when Russian missile strikes caused widespread damage to the country’s electrical grid. Speaking during his nightly video address, Zelenskyy said Ukraine’s military and other state entities are preparing, and he thanked the energy workers who have been able to restore power service. […]

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European Teams: Won’t Wear ‘One Love’ Armband At World Cup

The climbdown by seven teams following a FIFA threat came just before some captains were expected to wear the armbands. Seven European teams – including former champions Germany and England – have abandoned plans for their captains to wear a rainbow armband in support of LGBTQ rights at the football World Cup in Qatar, citing the threat of disciplinary action from FIFA. […]

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South African Court Sends Zuma Back To Jail, Says Parole Unlawful

Zuma was sentenced to 15 months for ignoring a court order to testify at an inquiry into corruption during his tenure. South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled that the decision to release former President Jacob Zuma on early medical parole was “unlawful” and that he should return to prison to finish his sentence for contempt of court. Last […]

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Iran Intensifies Crackdown In Kurdish Area; Rights Group Says 4 Killed

DUBAI — Iran’s clerical rulers have stepped up suppression of persistent anti-government protests in the country’s Kurdish region, deploying troops and killing at least four demonstrators Sunday, social media posts and rights groups said. Nationwide protests, sparked by the death of 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in September in the custody of the morality police, have been at their most […]