Sister of Iran’s leader condemns his rule, urges Guards to disarm – letter

Sister of Iran’s leader condemns his rule, urges Guards to disarm – letter

DUBAI, Dec 7 (Reuters) – A sister of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has condemned his crackdown on nationwide protests and called on the widely-feared Revolutionary Guards to lay down their weapons, according to a letter published by her France-based son. Iran has been gripped by unrest since the death of 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian … Read more

Iran top legal cleric says morality police shut down

Iran top legal cleric says morality police shut down

Protesters call for economic boycott from Monday to Wednesday Raisi visits Tehran University on Wednesday for Student Day Interior ministry silent on the morality police’s status DUBAI, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Protesters in Iran called on Sunday for a three-day strike this week, stepping up pressure on authorities after the public prosecutor said the morality … Read more

Iran state body reports 200 dead in protests, Raisi hails ‘freedoms’

Iran state body reports 200 dead in protests, Raisi hails ‘freedoms’

DUBAI, Dec 3 (Reuters) – President Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday hailed Iran’s Islamic Republic as a guarantor of rights and freedoms, defending the ruling system amid a crackdown on anti-government protests that the United Nations says has cost more than 300 lives. A top state security body meanwhile said that 200 people, including members of … Read more

Judge blocks Indiana abortion ban on religious freedom grounds

Judge blocks Indiana abortion ban on religious freedom grounds

Dec 2 (Reuters) – A second Indiana judge on Friday blocked the state from enforcing its law banning most abortions after Jewish, Muslim and other non-Christian women challenged it in a lawsuit. Marion County Superior Court Judge Heather Welch issued a preliminary injunction against the Republican-backed law, which prohibits abortions with limited exceptions for rape, … Read more

Niece of Iran’s Supreme Leader urges world to cut ties with Tehran -online video

Niece of Iran’s Supreme Leader urges world to cut ties with Tehran -online video

DUBAI, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s niece, a well known rights activist, has called on foreign governments to cut all ties with Tehran over its violent crackdown on popular unrest kindled by the death in police custody of a young woman. A video of a statement by Farideh Moradkhani, an … Read more

Iranian fans savour victory but wrangle over protests

Iranian fans savour victory but wrangle over protests

AL RAYYAN, Qatar, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Iran’s national soccer team sang during the playing of their national anthem at their second World Cup match against Wales on Friday having refrained from doing so in their opening game earlier this week in apparent support for protesters back home. Loud jeers were heard from Iranian supporters … Read more

Iran leader says ‘enemies’ may target workers as protests rage

Iran leader says ‘enemies’ may target workers as protests rage

DUBAI, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Protests raged on at Iranian universities and in some cities on Saturday as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned the country’s “enemies” may try to mobilise workers after failing to topple the Islamic government in more than two months of unrest. One of the boldest challenges to Iran’s clerical leaders … Read more

Iran protests: Social media videos show flames at home of late leader Khomeini

Iran protests: Social media videos show flames at home of late leader Khomeini

DUBAI, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Video clips showing a fire at the ancestral home in Iran of the Islamic Republic’s late founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, have appeared on social media, with activists saying it was torched by protesters. Reuters verified the location of two video clips using the distinctive arches and buildings that match file … Read more

Iranian archer says she did not notice headscarf falling off

Iranian archer says she did not notice headscarf falling off

DUBAI, Nov 12 (Reuters) – An Iranian archer has said she did not notice her hijab falling from her head during an awards ceremony in Tehran, after a video appeared to show her allowing the headscarf to drop in what was widely assumed to be a show of support for nationwide protests. In a video … Read more

Iranians protest in southeast flashpoint, mark ‘Bloody Friday’

Iranian archer says she did not notice headscarf falling off

Prominent Sunni cleric criticises security forces Unrest in minority areas General tells clerics to watch their words, restore calm DUBAI, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Thousands of Iranians protested in the restive southeast on Friday to mark a Sept. 30 crackdown by security forces known as “Bloody Friday” as the country’s clerical rulers battled persistent nationwide … Read more