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Iran executes first known prisoner arrested in protests

Dec. 08, 2022 13:57 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran said Thursday it executed a prisoner convicted for a crime allegedly committed during the country's ongoing nationwide protests, the first such death penalty carried out by Tehran. The execution of Mohsen Shekari comes as other detainees also...

Iran officials sentence 5 to death for killing Basij troop

Dec. 06, 2022 13:03 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Iranian authorities sentenced five people to death for allegedly killing a member of a paramilitary force affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard, state media said Tuesday. Eleven others received prison sentences. The 13 men and three minors had been...

Confusion over Iran's religious police as women drop hijab

Dec. 05, 2022 14:11 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Confusion over the status of Iran’s religious police grew as state media cast doubt on reports the force had been shut down. Despite the uncertainty, it has appeared for weeks that enforcement of the strict dress code has been scaled back as more women walk the streets without...

State news: Iran executed 4 people it says spied for Israel

Dec. 04, 2022 07:45 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Iranian authorities executed four people Sunday accused of working for Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, the state-run IRNA news agency said. Three others received lengthy prison sentences. IRNA said the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guard announced the...

Iran's World Cup team gets tepid welcome home, amid protests

Dec. 01, 2022 08:03 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran's national soccer team received a subdued welcome home after its World Cup defeat against the United States, a match played against the backdrop of ongoing anti-government protests in Iran. One Iranian man was shot dead celebrating the American victory. The...

In protest-riven Iran, some celebrate U.S. World Cup victory

Nov. 30, 2022 05:22 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Soccer fans in Iran's Kurdish region set off fireworks and honked car horns early Wednesday to celebrate the U.S. win over the Iranian national team in a politically charged World Cup match that divided the protest-riven country. Cheering fans hit the streets in...

Iran-US World Cup clash rife with political tension

Nov. 29, 2022 17:56 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The last World Cup clash between the United States and Iran 24 years ago is considered one of the most politically charged matches in soccer history. Tuesday night's match in Qatar likely eclipsed it. The Americans prevailed 1-0 on the pitch, where no one...

Iran releases soccer players ahead of match against US

Nov. 29, 2022 15:06 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian authorities said Tuesday that two former members of the national soccer team arrested this month in connection with nationwide protests have been released on bail. The announcement came hours before Iran was set to play the U.S. at the...

Iranian general acknowledges over 300 dead in unrest

Nov. 28, 2022 13:40 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian general on Monday acknowledged that more than 300 people have been killed in the unrest surrounding nationwide protests, giving the first official word on casualties in two months. That estimate is considerably lower than the toll...

French lawmakers vote to condemn Iranian protest crackdown

Nov. 28, 2022 12:12 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers on Monday condemned Iran’s crackdown on anti-government demonstrators and called on European governments to put more pressure on Iran to investigate the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died in police custody in Tehran. Legislators in...