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Office of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran via Getty Images (LONDON) — A helicopter flying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi made a “hard landing” Sunday in foggy conditions in central Iran, according to the country’s state-affiliated media. The 63-year-old Raisi was traveling with Iran’s minister of foreign affairs, Hossein Amirabdollahian, and other officials […]

Robert Deyrail/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images (LONDON) — An Iranian court sentenced outspoken rapper Toomaj Salehi to death after his arrest over songs that criticized the government, his lawyer said Wednesday. “The primary court sentenced Toomaj Salehi to the harshest punishment, death, on the charge of ‘corruption on Earth,’” Salehi’s lawyer, Amir Raesian, said in an […]

KeithBinns/Getty Images (LONDON) — In the wake of Iran’s unprecedented airstrikes on Israel, dozens of Iranians gathered in Tehran’s Palestine Square earlier this week to celebrate what the Iranian regime described as a retaliatory attack. But interviews with women on the ground indicate that the scene, broadcast by Iranian state-run media in a country that […]

Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — The Justice Department on Monday indicted an Iranian man and two Canadian nationals in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme that targeted dissidents and critics of the Iranian regime. According to a newly-unsealed indictment, prosecutors say Naji Zindashti conspired with two Canadian men between December 2020 and March 2021 in […]

Iran International (LONDON) — Dozens of Iranian women political prisoners went on a hunger strike Thursday in protest of the execution of Iranian protester Mohammad Ghobadlou. The announcement of the hunger strike was made on the Instagram account of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi, who is among the 61 women on strike at the […]

KeithBinns/Getty Images (LONDON) — An oil tanker was seized by the Iranian Navy in the waters between Iran and Oman on Thursday, according to state media. Iran’s state-run news agency IRNA published a brief story confirming the seizure by the navy but did not identify the vessel. Earlier Thursday, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations […]

Manuel Augusto Moreno/Getty Images (LONDON) — A 16-year-old girl’s alleged assault at the hands of Iran’s “morality police” is renewing criticism of the regime more than one year after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini sparked nationwide protests. Armita Geravand, a student, was hospitalized in Tehran after an alleged encounter with police officers in a […]

ABC News (LONDON) — The wife of the president of Iran defended a law passed this week designed to impose harsher sentences on women who do not wear hijabs in public, comparing the rules to “dress codes everywhere” in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.” You can see Martha Raddatz’s full interview with Jamileh Alamolhoda […]

Manuel Augusto Moreno/Getty Images (TEHRAN) — Iranian authorities detained the father of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old woman who died in police custody last year, as he left his home to visit his daughter’s grave on the first anniversary of her death, human rights observers said. A few hours later, Amjad Amini was taken home by security […]

Jose Antonio Caravaca/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Iran’s “morality police,” are again patrolling the streets to enforce the country’s compulsory hijab law, nearly a year after widespread protests erupted following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody. The controversial measure was announced Sunday along with a series of other severe actions that are […]