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Iran overturns death sentence of rapper famous for lyrics about the death of protester Mahsa Amini

Jun. 22, 2024 15:07 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of a government critic and a popular hip-hop artist, Toomaj Salehi — who came to fame over his lyrics about the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini in 2022 — his lawyer Amir Raisian said Saturday. ...

Italian coast guard recovers 14 more bodies of shipwreck victims off Calabria, dozens still missing

Jun. 22, 2024 05:37 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian coast guard has recovered 14 more bodies from last week's shipwreck in the Ionian Sea off the southern Italian coastline, bringing to 34 the number of known victims from the sinking. Dozens are still missing and presumed dead. The bodies, recovered on...

Today in History: June 22, Hitler and the Nazis invade the Soviet Union

Jun. 22, 2024 00:16 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, June 22, the 174th day of 2024. There are 192 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, a massive and ultimately ill-fated invasion of the...

Iran's presidential candidates talk economic policies in 2nd live debate ahead of June 28 vote

Jun. 20, 2024 18:15 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — In the second live debate on state television, six presidential candidates on Thursday discussed Iran's economic problems ahead of the country's June 28 election following a helicopter crash last month that killed President Ebrahim Raisi and seven others. It was...

Italian coast guard recovers 12 more bodies of shipwreck victims in the Ionian Sea

Jun. 20, 2024 15:22 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Italian coast guard on Thursday recovered 12 more bodies from a weekend shipwreck in the Ionian Sea off the southern Italian coastline, bringing to 20 the number of known victims from the sinking. Dozens more are missing and presumed dead. The bodies, including...

Iran’s imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi sentenced to another year in prison

Jun. 19, 2024 06:47 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Narges Mohammadi, has been sentenced to another year in prison over her activism, her lawyer said Wednesday. Mostafa Nili, Mohammadi’s lawyer, told The Associated Press that his client was convicted...

A Swedish diplomat says his release from a 2-year detention in Iran is like a dream

Jun. 18, 2024 11:27 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Swedish European Union diplomat who was held in Iran for two years and freed in a prisoner swap over the weekend said Tuesday that his release was “the dream that I sometimes did not dare to believe in." Johan Floderus and a second Swedish citizen,...

A fire at a hospital in Iran's north kills 9 patients

Jun. 18, 2024 04:06 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A fire broke out at a hospital in Iran's north, killing nine patients, state media reported Tuesday. The blaze started at 1:30 local time (2200GMT) at Qaem Hospital in the city of Rasht, some 330 kilometers (about 205 miles) northwest of the capital Tehran,...

Iran's presidential candidates debate economic policies ahead of the June 28 vote

Jun. 17, 2024 18:29 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Six presidential candidates on Monday discussed Iran's economic problems in a four-hour live debate on state TV, ahead of the June 28 presidential election following a helicopter crash last month that killed President Ebrahim Raisi and seven others. It was the...

Sweden frees an Iranian man convicted over 1988 mass executions in exchange for 2 men held by Iran

Jun. 15, 2024 18:14 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran and Sweden carried out a prisoner swap Saturday that saw Tehran release a European Union diplomat and another man in exchange for an Iranian convicted in Stockholm of committing war crimes over his part in 1988 mass executions in the Islamic Republic. ...