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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. ...

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...

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...

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. ...

Iran installing and starting cascades of advanced centrifuges as tensions high over nuclear program

Jun. 14, 2024 07:20 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran has started up new cascades of advanced centrifuges and plans to install others in the coming weeks after facing criticism over its nuclear program, the United Nations' atomic watchdog said Friday. The U.S. called the moves “nuclear escalations.” ...

Iranian authorities release a French national who was imprisoned for over 20 months

Jun. 14, 2024 02:27 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French national Louis Arnaud arrived in France on Thursday after he was released by Iran, where he was imprisoned for over 20 months for allegedly taking part in nationwide protests. Arnaud was greeted by his family in the presence of French Foreign Affairs Minister...

UN adopts a resolution demanding that Sudan's paramilitary force halt its siege of a Darfur city

Jun. 13, 2024 17:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution Thursday demanding that Sudan’s paramilitary force immediately halt its siege of the only capital in the vast western region of Darfur that it doesn’t control and where more than a million people are reportedly trapped. ...

Iran imprisons a prominent whistleblower

Jun. 09, 2024 10:16 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent Iranian whistleblower was arrested and sent to prison to serve a 13-month sentence after he was convicted of “spreading lies to disturb the public mind," Iranian media said Sunday. State-run IRNA news agency reported that the Tehran...

Iran approves hard-line parliament speaker, 5 others for June 28 president election; bars former President Ahmadinejad

Jun. 09, 2024 07:28 AM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran approves hard-line parliament speaker, 5 others for June 28 president election; bars former President Ahmadinejad.