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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....

Friedman: It's 'Impossible to Exaggerate' What Iran Just Did

This is a huge escalation of its shadow war with Israel, even if the missiles were shot down

(Newser) - Iran fired about 300 missiles and drones at Israel, and nearly every one of them was shot down before doing any damage. But consider what might have happened if even a few more snuck through, writes Thomas Friedman in the New York Times . Iran could have struck Israel's parliament...

Girl, 7, 'Clinging to Life' After Iran's Attack on Israel

Girl from Arab Bedouin community was the only person seriously injured in attack

(Newser) - A 7-year-old girl, a member of an Arab Bedouin community in Israel's Negev desert, was the only serious casualty of Iran's attack on Israel Saturday night. Amina al-Hasoni was "clinging to life" at a hospital Sunday, the New York Times reports. Her home in the village of...

After Iran's Attack on Israel, the Fallout Begins
After Iran's Attack on Israel,
the Fallout Begins
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After Iran's Attack on Israel, the Fallout Begins

Diplomatic push is underway to keep the situation from escalating

(Newser) - Iran has conducted its much-anticipated revenge attack against Israel by firing hundreds of drones and missiles, nearly all of which were intercepted. The big question: Now what? How Israel responds could determine whether the situation escalates into a wider regional war, and an intense diplomatic push was underway.
  • The attack:

Iran Says Ballistic Missiles Are Headed to Israel

US offers to help ally intercept the aerial threats

(Newser) - Iran launched its first full-scale aerial attack against Israel on Saturday, including ballistic missiles, and the US was helping its ally prepare to defend against the strikes. Israeli intelligence had detected the launch of dozens of bomb-carrying drones and cruise missiles from Iran and Iraq, the New York Times reports,...

Iranian Commandos Seize Container Ship

Attack in Strait of Hormuz targets Portuguese-flagged MSC Aries, linked to an Israeli billionaire

(Newser) - Commandos from Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard rappelled down from a helicopter onto an Israeli-affiliated container ship near the Strait of Hormuz and seized the vessel Saturday, the latest in a series of attacks between the two countries. The Middle East had braced for potential Iranian retaliation over a suspected...

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