A hardline newspaper affiliated with the office of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei suggested on Wednesday that targeting “strategic military and economy centers” of the US, Israel, France, and Saudi Arabia is an appropriate retaliation for their alleged support of the Iranian protests. Kayhan newspaper, whose editor-in-chief Hossein Shariatmadari was appointed by Khamenei, described the suggested retaliation as a legitimate right for Iran.
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Iran rejected human rights watchdog Amnesty International's death toll at more than 100 in recent protests as "fabricated", calling the group a "biased" organisation. Tehran's UN spokesman Alireza Miryousefi described Amnesty's figure of 106 dead in the demonstrations as part of a "disinformation campaign waged against Iran from outside the country". "Any casualty figures not confirmed by the government are speculative [and] not reliable," the spokesman tweeted. In a statement on Tuesday, the UK-based rights group accused Iranian security forces of using "excessive and lethal force" to crush the demonstrations since they started on Friday. More: Iranian commander chides US for 'failed plot' citing
Iranian dual nationals are among those arrested since unrest began last week, sparked by a petrol price hike, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Wednesday. Citing security sources, Fars reported that detained German, Turkish and Afghan dual nationals had been trained and funded by foreign services to carry out operations for destroying infrastructure and stirring up civil disobedience. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday blamed foreigners for the unrest, in which up to 200 protesters have reportedly been killed.
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After an estimated 18,000 birds are found dead along an Indian saltwater lake in the western state of Rajasthan, experts said they suspect avian botulism to be the cause. Migratory birds such as plover, shoveller, teal and mallard were the worst affected in the incident, which, according to experts, was unprecedented in India's wildlife history. More: India to implement nationwide citizenship count Indian soldiers killed after avalanche hits Siachen Glacier Police round up students in India's capital as fee protests grow According to local officials, tourists on November 10, while visiting Sambhar Lake - situated 80km (49 miles) southwest of Rajasthan's main city of Jaipur - noticed thousands
The island paradise of Seychelles is suffering from a drug epidemic of huge proportions. Known for its coral reefs, mangroves and white sandy beaches, 360,000 tourists travel to the Indian Ocean archipelago each year for a holiday of a lifetime. But look beyond the private islands, the boutique resorts and high-end restaurants, and the small nation is battling a heroin epidemic of huge proportions. Between 5,000 and 6,000 people out of a total population of 94,000 - the equivalent of nearly 10% of the working population - are addicted to heroin, according to the Agency for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and Rehabilitation (APDAR) in the Seychelles. Per capita, the Seychelles suffers from the highest
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JEDDAH: Today, Saudi Arabia's leadership is working to reverse the years of social regression triggered in part by the November 1979 siege of the Grand Mosque in Makkah. Speaking at the Future Investment Initiative conference in 2017 in Riyadh, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said: “We are returning to what we were before - a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world.” And in an interview conducted last year, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that before the Iranian Revolution and the siege of Makkah rocked the Muslim world, “we were just normal people developing like any other country in the world until the events of 1979.” If there is a specific date that
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India's Home Minister Amit Shah has announced that his Hindu nationalist government will implement a nationwide count of citizens, amid concerns the exercise could be used to target the country's Muslim minority. "The NRC process will be carried out across the country," the powerful home minister announced on Wednesday in Parliament, months after a citizens' list, called the National Register of Citizens (NRC), published in the northeastern state of Assam excluded nearly two million Bengali-origin people. More: India publishes final NRC: All you need to know on citizens' list 'Worried and praying': Assam residents anxious after NRC omission India's citizenship question and the never-ending Assam