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Iran’s Khamenei vows revenge after deadly attack on Shi’ite pilgrims
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Iran’s Khamenei vows revenge after deadly attack on Shi’ite pilgrims

DUBAI, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Iran’s supreme Leader vowed on Thursday to retaliate against those threatening the country’s security after the massacre of Shi’ite pilgrims, an assault claimed by Islamic State which threatens to inflame tensions amid widespread anti-government protests. In a statement read on state TV, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the assailants “will surely...

U.S. Senate hopeful Herschel Walker faces fresh claim of paying for abortion
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U.S. Senate hopeful Herschel Walker faces fresh claim of paying for abortion

WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker, who has said he opposes abortion with no exceptions, faced fresh allegations on Wednesday from a second woman who said he pressured her to have an abortion and paid for the procedure after a six-year relationship with him. Walker, who hopes to unseat Democratic...

Islamic State claims Iran shrine attack, Iran vows response
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Islamic State claims Iran shrine attack, Iran vows response

Women and children among casualties – state media President says Iran will respond to attack Protesters mark 40 days since Mahsa Amini’s death in custody DUBAI, Oct 26 (Reuters) – The militant group Islamic State said it carried out an attack on a Shi’ite Muslim shrine in Iran on Wednesday which killed 15 people, escalating...

Fetterman, Oz face off on crime, inflation in Pennsylvania Senate debate
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Fetterman, Oz face off on crime, inflation in Pennsylvania Senate debate

HARRISBURG, Penn., Oct 25 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate candidates Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz traded attacks on issues from crime to inflation in the lone debate of a Pennsylvania race that will help decide whether Democrats retain control of the Senate. Fetterman, the state’s 53-year-old lieutenant governor, has since summer lost his lead...

Tens of thousands march in Berlin in support of Iran protests
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Tens of thousands march in Berlin in support of Iran protests

Tens of thousands rally in Berlin in support of Iran protests Crowd chants ‘Death to Khamenei’ at Berlin rally Protests enter 6th week despite deadly crackdown Revolutionary Guards warn cleric over ‘agitating’ in southeast BERLIN/DUBAI, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people marched in Berlin on Saturday in a show of support for...

Elnaz Rekabi: Fans cheer, clap as climber returns to Iran
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Elnaz Rekabi: Fans cheer, clap as climber returns to Iran

DUBAI, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Iranian climber Elnaz Rekabi, who caused controversy by competing in an international contest without a headscarf, has returned to Iran to cheering supporters, reiterating in comments to state media she had climbed without a hijab unintentionally. Footage had shown Rekabi, 33, scaling a wall without her head covered while representing...

Fire, gunshots at Tehran jail holding political prisoners, dual nationals
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Fire, gunshots at Tehran jail holding political prisoners, dual nationals

DUBAI, Oct 15 (Reuters) – A fire broke out on Saturday in Tehran’s Evin prison, where many of Iran’s political and dual-national detainees are held, and witnesses reported hearing gunfire. State news agency IRNA said eight people were injured in the unrest, which erupted after nearly a month of protests across Iran over the death...

U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs fetal personhood appeal
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U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs fetal personhood appeal

Oct 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to decide whether fetuses are entitled to constitutional rights in light of its June ruling overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that had legalized abortion nationwide, steering clear for now of another front in America’s culture wars. The justices turned away an appeal...

Iranian journalist who broke news on Mahsa Amini pays heavy price
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Iranian journalist who broke news on Mahsa Amini pays heavy price

DUBAI, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Niloofar Hamedi, an Iranian journalist specialising in women’s rights, got away with hard-hitting stories for years – until the day she took a photo of Mahsa Amini’s parents hugging each other in a Tehran hospital where their daughter was lying in a coma. The photo, which Hamedi posted on Twitter...

Iran toughens crackdown as some oil workers reported to join protests
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Iran toughens crackdown as some oil workers reported to join protests

Heavy security presence in some Kurdish cities – Hengaw Fierce clashes reported in Iranian Kurdistan Protests ignited by Iranian-Kurdish woman’s death Police had held Mahsa Amini for ‘inappropriate attire’ At least 185 killed in the turmoil, rights groups say DUBAI, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Iranian security forces intensified a crackdown on anti-government protests in several...