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Prior to Shooting, US Detected Separate Threat on Trump's Life

Threat from Iran was unrelated to Saturday's attack, but did prompt additional security

(Newser) - A threat on Donald Trump's life from Iran prompted additional security in the days before Saturday's campaign rally, but it was unrelated to the assassination attempt on the Republican presidential nominee, two US officials said Tuesday, as law enforcement warned of the potential for more violence inspired by...

Houthis Are Firing Iranian Missiles: US

DIA report says that Iran armed the December attack in the Red Sea

(Newser) - Yemen's Houthi rebels likely fired an Iranian-made anti-ship cruise missile at a Norwegian-flagged tanker in the Red Sea in December, providing a public, evidence-based link between the ongoing rebel campaign against shipping and Tehran, the US military says. A report by the US Defense Intelligence Agency released Wednesday linked...

Plane Mechanic Dies in Horrific Accident on Tarmac

Abolfazl Amiri was sucked into engine of Boeing 737 at Iran's Chabahar Konarak Airport

(Newser) - A mechanic searching for a tool on the tarmac at an Iranian airport instead suffered a tragic death after he was sucked into a Varesh Airlines plane engine. The Times of India reports that the Boeing 737-500 flying in from Tehran landed safely at Chabahar Konarak Airport around 7:15am...

Iran's New President Beat a Hard-Liner Opponent

Reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian wins runoff election against Saeed Jalili

(Newser) - Reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian won Iran's runoff presidential election on Saturday, besting hard-liner Saeed Jalili by promising to reach out to the West and ease enforcement on the country's mandatory-headscarf law after years of sanctions and protests squeezing the Islamic Republic. Pezeshkian promised no radical changes to Iran'...

Iran Flips Death Sentence for Popular Rapper

Nation's Supreme Court overturns sentence for Toomaj Salehi

(Newser) - 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. In a post on X, Raisian said...

Iran Picks Slate to Replace President Killed in Crash

Populist, moderates are blocked, while hard-line speaker will be on ballot

(Newser) - Iran's Guardian Council on Sunday approved the country's hard-line parliament speaker and five others to run in the June 28 presidential election following a helicopter crash that killed President Ebrahim Raisi and seven others. The council again barred former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a firebrand populist known for the crackdown...

One Country Carried Out 74% of 2023's Known Executions
One Country Imposed 74%
of 2023's Known Executions
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One Country Imposed 74% of 2023's Known Executions

With China excluded, Iran led the world last year, according to Amnesty International

(Newser) - The number of executions carried out around the world jumped to an eight-year high in 2023, largely due to a single country, according to Amnesty International . Though the number of countries delivering death penalties fell to an all-time low of 16, Amnesty logged at least 1,153 executions last year,...

No Evidence of Foul Play in Iran Helicopter Crash
Iran President Was on Track
to Be Supreme Leader
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Iran President Was on Track to Be Supreme Leader

Tehran cites 'technical failure' for chopper crash, as one former official blames US sanctions

(Newser) - So far, it doesn't appear that anything sinister is behind the helicopter crash that killed Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and several other officials. On Monday, Iran blamed an unspecified "technical failure," reports the New York Times . "No foreign involvement at all," one senior White House...

Iranian President Found Dead After Helicopter Crash

Ebrahim Raisi and others on the helicopter confirmed dead in mountainous region

(Newser) - Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the country's foreign minister, and others have been found dead at the site of a helicopter crash Monday after an hourslong search through a foggy, mountainous region of the country's northwest, state media reported. Raisi was 63, the AP reports. State TV gave no...

Helicopter Carrying President of Iran Goes Down in Forest

Rescue crews struggle to reach Ebrahim Raisi

(Newser) - A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi suffered a "hard landing" on Sunday, Iranian state media reported, without elaborating. Some began urging the public to pray for Raisi and the others on board as rescue crews sped through a misty, rural forest where his helicopter was believed to be....

Director Sentenced to Prison, Flogging Flees Iran

With a 'heavy heart,' Mohammed Rasoulof has chosen exile

(Newser) - One of Iran's leading film directors says that with a "heavy heart," he has chosen exile over imprisonment. Mohammed Rasoulof, whose latest movie, The Seed of the Sacred Fig, is due to premiere at the Cannes film festival next Friday, was sentenced last week to eight years...

Report: Iran Security Forces Sexually Assaulted, Killed Teen

Leaked document describes agonizing final moments of Nika Shakarami, 16

(Newser) - A leaked document tells of the murder of a 16-year-old girl by Iranian security forces, who've long been accused of trying to cover up the crime . Nika Shakarami claimed she was chased by authorities after a protest against the regime on Sept. 20, 2022. Her body was discovered more...

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...

What North Korea's Rare Visit to Iran Could Signal

Little is revealed, but speculation abounds

(Newser) - The trip garnered a single sentence on the subject from the Korean Central News Agency but far more analysis outside of North Korea. That sentence confirmed the country on Tuesday sent a delegation helmed by External Economic Relations Minister Yun Jong Ho to Iran. It's the first time Pyongyang...

Leader Dodges on Whether Iran's Strike Did Any Damage

Most drones and missiles fired at Israel were intercepted

(Newser) - Iran's supreme leader on Sunday dismissed any discussion of whether Tehran's unprecedented drone-and-missile attack on Israel hit anything there, a tacit acknowledgment that despite the launch of a massive assault, few projectiles actually made through to their targets. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's comments before senior military leaders didn'...

Israel, Iran Step Back From Brink, but Risk of War Rises

Experts say next phase means uncertainty, chance of miscalculations

(Newser) - Iran appears to have indicated Israel's strike on Friday won't lead to a major escalation, and both nations apparently want to return to the shadow war they've fought for years instead of launching more direct attacks. But analysts and government officials say that doesn't mean the...

Iran Isn't Exactly Furious Over Suspected Israeli Attack

State media blames explosions on 'infiltrators'

(Newser) - Israel is believed to have attacked Iran early Friday in response to the country's attack on Israel last weekend—but Tehran's reaction has been low-key. Iranian officials and media said a few explosions were caused by air defenses hitting drones near the city of Isfahan, Reuters reports. Officials...

Sources Say Israel Launched Strike in Iran
Israel Reportedly Strikes Iran

Israel Reportedly Strikes Iran

Details are still developing as Iran fires air defense batteries

(Newser) - Iran fired air defense batteries Friday amid reports of explosions near a major air base at the city of Isfahan, the state-run IRNA news agency reported. Per the AP , it remained unclear if the country was under attack, but tensions remain high after Iran's unprecedented missile-and-drone attack on Israel....

Biden Issues Warning Over Iran Attack on Israel

The US and UK have now hit Iran with sanctions

(Newser) - The US and UK on Thursday imposed a new round of sanctions on Iran as concern grows that Tehran's unprecedented attack on Israel could fuel a wider war in the Middle East, per the AP . The US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control targeted 16...

Israeli Military Chief on Iran Attack: We Will Respond

Though no one has elaborated on what response might look like

(Newser) - Israel's military chief said Monday that his country will respond to Iran's weekend attack, but he did not elaborate on when and how as world leaders urged against retaliation, trying to avoid a spiral of violence in the Middle East, the AP reports. Israeli military chief Lt. Gen....

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