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  • TEHRAN, IRAN - NOVEMBER 30: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY – MANDATORY CREDIT - "IRANIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) A funeral ceremony of Iranian Top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Mahabadi, held at Defense Ministry of Iran in Tehran, Iran on November 30, 2020. Fakhrizadeh, who headed research and innovation at the defense ministry, was attacked Friday in Damavand county near Tehran. ( Iranian Defense Ministry - Anadolu Agency )

    US official: Israel behind Iranian scientist's killing

    An American official said Israel is behind the assassination of Iran's top nuclear scientist, CNN reported Wednesday, Anadolu reports. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed Friday on the outskirts of Tehran. The anonymous official from President Donald Trump's administration told the network that Tel Aviv authorities have long pursued the scientist but...
  • Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis (L) and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands during a press conference after their meeting in Jerusalem, on 19 February 2019. [ARIEL SCHALIT/AFP via Getty Images]

    Czech Republic adds diplomat in Jerusalem office

    The Czech Republic said on Wednesday it would add a diplomatic presence to its Jerusalem office next year in what the foreign ministry called a move to boost services for Czech citizens in Israel and not a new embassy, Reuters reports. The central European country has long been one...
  • Activists protest before Emirates embassy on UAE National Day in London, Uk, on 2 December 2020 [AOHR]
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    London: Activists protest before Emirates embassy on UAE National Day

    Dozens of protesters gathered on Wednesday before the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy in the UK capital during a ceremony marking the occasion of UAE National Day. The protesters indicated that while the UAE celebrates its national day and promulgates false achievements to conceal its violations, a bulk of...
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Defense Minister Benny Gantz attend the weekly cabinet meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem on 21 June, 2020 [Gettyimages/Marc Israel Sellem/Pool/Flash90]

    Israel edges towards early election amid Netanyahu-Gantz feud

    Israel edged closer on Wednesday towards a fourth national election in two years after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main governing partner, Benny Gantz, backed an opposition move to dissolve parliament, Reuters reports. Parliament gave preliminary approval to a dissolution bill, but the legislation needs to pass three as yet...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Bahraini Minister for Foreign Affairs Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani (R) greet each other with an elbow bump ahead of their meeting at the Prime Ministry Office in West Jerusalem on 18 November 2020. [Israeli Prime Ministry/Handout - Anadolu Agency]

    Israel expects $220m in non-defence trade with Bahrain in 2021

    Israel foresees $220 million in non-defence trade with Bahrain in 2021, the Economy Ministry said on Wednesday as it hosted a delegation from the Gulf state to cement newly established ties, Reuters reports. Bahrain and neighbour the United Arab Emirates normalised relations with Israel on Sept. 15, a US-brokered...
  • Demonstrators, mostly university students, gather in front of Faculty of Medicine of University of Khartoum during a protest against government's decision to resume diplomatic and commercial relations with Israel, in Khartoum, Sudan on 26 October 2020. [Mahmoud Hjaj - Anadolu Agency]

    Sudan will not normalise with Israel until removed from US terror list

    Sudan has apparently told the US that it will not normalise relations with Israel until Washington removes the African country from the list of states which "sponsor" terrorism, the New York Times has reported. The interim government in Khartoum is said to have marked the end of this year...
  • US Ambassador to Yemen Christopher Henzel

    US envoy to Yemen made 'surprise visit' to Mahra, urged implementing Riyadh deal 

    The US Ambassador to Yemen, Christopher Henzel, made a "surprise" visit to the eastern governorate of Al-Mahra, arriving in the provincial capital of Ghaydah on Monday. According to Al-Mahra Online, the diplomat held a series of meetings with the governor Muhammad Ali Yasser and other local officials to discuss the developments in the province, with a focus on...
  • Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly in Pretoria, South Africa, on 25 May 2019. [MICHELE SPATARI/AFP via Getty Images]

    Egypt to penalise fathers of child brides

    Egypt's Cabinet is planning to issue a new law imposing more penalties for the marriage of underage girls and child labour, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said during a Cabinet meeting on the national strategic population plan. The new law is set to toughen the penalties and broaden the scope...
  • Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu in Istanbul, Turkey on 8 September 2020 [Nevzat Yıldırım/Anadolu Agency]

    Reports of Daesh 'assassination attempt' on Istanbul Mayor cause confusion

    Claims and denials of an assassination attempt on the Mayor of Istanbul by Daesh have caused confusion across Turkey, with contradictory statements being issued by the media, police and politicians. The initial claim was made by Turkish media when it was reported yesterday that the terror group had attempted...
  • An ambulance is seen at the scene after an artillery attack was carried out in Taiz, Yemen on 30 November 2020 [Abdulnasser Alseddik/Anadolu Agency]

    UN: At least 11 Yemen children killed in 2 separate attacks

    At least 11 children, including a one-month-old, were killed in Yemen in two separate attacks over the past three days, the United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) said yesterday. The internationally recognised Saudi-backed government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi blamed the Houthis for the attacks. "The killing of children...
  • Israeli forces at a checkpoint in the West Bank on 30 January 2020 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

    Israel bus driver kills 2 Palestine workers at military checkpoint

    An Israeli bus driver killed two Palestinian workers this morning in an apparent hit-and-run incident in the occupied West Bank, reported Wafa news agency. Palestinian security sources said the workers were struck by a bus, which had been empty of passengers, near a military checkpoint known as 300, located at the northern entrance...
  • The flags of members of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are seen at the Headquarter of NATO in Brussels, Belgium on 26 June 2020. [Dursun Aydemir - Anadolu Agency]

    NATO 'committed' to negotiating between Turkey and Greece

    NATO is committed to further strengthening the conflict resolution mechanism between Turkey and Greece to ease tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, the organisation's Secretary General said on Tuesday. Jens Stoltenberg made his comments during a news conference about the NATO 2030 project, Anadolu has reported. Stoltenberg said that NATO...
  • After being detained in Sanaa since February, 14 Indian nationals have been set free

    14 Indians to return home after 10-month detainment in Yemen

    Some 14 Indian nationals have been set free after being detained in Yemen's capital Sanaa since February. The Indian Embassy in Djibouti confirmed their release on Saturday and made arrangements for their return home. The Indian Embassy in Sanaa relocated to the East African country across the Gulf of...
  • Senior Advisor to President Donald Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner at the White House in Washington, DC on 13 August 2020 [Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images]

    Report: Kushner in the Gulf in effort to end Qatar blockade

    US Presidential adviser Jared Kushner arrived in the Gulf on Monday in an effort to end the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar, Al Jazeera reported. Kushner is hoping to pull off a last-minute foreign policy victory in the region just weeks before his father-in-law President Donald Trump leaves the White House. The...
  • Tunisians protest demanding wage increases in Tunis, Tunisia on 9 January 2019 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

    Tunisia: Public sector engineers demand salary increase

    Hundreds of public sector engineers in Tunisia yesterday organised a mass protest to demand a wage increase. According to an Anadolu Agency correspondent, the protesters raised banners in front of parliament reading: "Specific increase is a right not an allowance", and "Investing in engineers means investing in Tunisia." In a statement...
  • Pakistanis come together to protest against the normalisation deal signed between the UAE and Israel, 16 August 2020 [mustpakistan/Twitter]

    Normalisation has included the deliberate humiliation of the UAE

    The roses with which the UAE welcomed the first Israeli aircraft to land in the country of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, who was known for his historic hostility to normalisation, were repaid by Israel's humiliating investigation and inspection of its Emirati visitors. Whoever understands Netanyahu's mentality will know...
  • Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant, held in Bushehr, Iran on 10 November 2019 [Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency]

    France FM calls for return to Iran nuclear deal, condemns Houthi attacks

    The French Foreign Ministry has reiterated its desire for the US and Iran to return to the nuclear deal and stated that attacks on Saudi Arabia by the Houthis in Yemen are against international law. According to the Saudi news site Al-Arabiya, a spokeswoman of the French Foreign Ministry said:...
  • Algeria’s Minister of Communication and government spokesman Ammar Belhimer

    Algeria criticises French role in EU resolution 

    Algeria's Minister of Communication and government spokesman Ammar Belhimer has denounced the French role in the European Parliament's resolution on the "Situation of freedom in Algeria", describing it as "foolish, deviant, reckless and insolent". Belhimer said that Algeria is paying the price for advocating for just causes and rejecting...
  • Rafic Hariri, Lebanese business tycoon and the Prime Minister of Lebanon from 1992 to 1998. He was assassinated on 14 February 2005 in Beirut, Lebanon [Wikipedia]

    Lebanon: Rafic Hariri killer to be sentenced on 11 December

    The man who killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri will be sentenced on 11 December, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported. Prosecutors are calling for Salim Jamil Ayyash, 57, to face life imprisonment when sentenced next week. Ayyash was convicted in absentia for the 2005 assassination of Hariri by the Netherlands-based Special Tribunal for...
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, Turkey on 27 November 2020 [Arif Hüdaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency]

    Erdogan: Defamation in the name of freedom of speech should stop

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticised the media's tendency to turn a deliberate blind eye to the French government's attempt to suppress freedom of the press, Turkish media has reported. Erdogan made his comments at the inauguration ceremony of the TRT World Forum on Tuesday. The international media...
  • Footballer Nabil Bentaleb at a footmall match in in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on 8 October 2020 [Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images/Getty Images]

    Algeria's football federation condemns player's exposure to racism in Germany

    The Algerian Football Federation yesterday condemned the exposure of international player, Nabil Bentaleb, to racist attacks in Germany. This came in a statement published by the Algerian Football Federation on its official website. "While the world's highest sports bodies, led by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), are...
  • Scarlett Johansson in Santa Monica, California on 8 February 2020 [Amy Sussman/Getty Images]

    Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson calls on Egypt to release EIPR staff

    Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson has called on the Egyptian authorities to release three senior staff members of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR). Executive Director Jasser Abdel-Razek, Administrative Director Mohamed Bashir and Director of the Criminal Justice Unit Karim Ennarah were detained in early November following a meeting with European...
  • A woman puts a logo of US-based rights group Human Rights Watch on the door as she prepares the room before their press conference to release their annual World report on January 21, 2014 in Berlin [JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP via Getty Images]

    Human Rights Watch urges IMF to demand Egyptian army's financial data

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to ask the Egyptian government to disclose the financial information of companies owned by the military before disbursing the new payment of the current lending programme. This came in a letter sent by the international New York based...
  • A view of Fordham University in New York City, US on 22 August 2020 [Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images]

    US court reviews university decision to ban pro-Palestine student group

    The Supreme Court of the State of New York reviewed last week reviewed a case filed by Fordham Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) against the university's decision to ban their club. In 2017, the Centre for Constitutional Rights, Palestine Legal, and cooperating counsel Alan Levine filed a lawsuit...
  • MEMO in conversation with Abir Tobji
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    MEMO in conversation with Abir Tobji

    Watch our interview with co-founder of the Celebrating Syria Festival Abir Tobji to discuss their upcoming event, set to kick off online on 5 December. The festival, which is the first such event dedicated to showcasing Syrian arts and culture in the UK, will feature a stand-up comedy act, a...
  • A boy looks out from a balcony in Tripoli, Lebanon 3 June 2020 [JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images]

    World Bank: More than half of Lebanon will be poor by 2021

    The World Bank warned yesterday that more than half of Lebanese people will be poor by 2021 and criticised the local authorities' "deliberate lack of effective policy action" to overcome the crisis. A report by the World Bank Lebanon Economic Monitor (LEM) said: "A year into Lebanon's severe economic...
  • Israeli soldiers stand guard after an Israeli solider was found dead in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on 8 August 2019 [Mosab Shawer/Apaimges]

    Israeli intelligence agencies are preparing to confront Hamas in a technology war

    As tension escalates on numerous fronts, Israeli intelligence agencies continue to develop their capabilities, and now have databases and integrated artificial intelligence, allowing them to analyse massive amounts of information. According to senior officers, agents are now able to identify militants heading for Israeli targets, which was almost impossible...
  • The Suez Canal in Egypt, 2 June 2020 [Vyacheslav Argenberg/Flickr]

    Egypt's Suez Canal registers $490m in revenue in November 

    The Chairman of Egypt's Suez Canal Authority, Osama Rabie, yesterday announced that the canal's navigation movement was "normal despite the repercussions of the novel coronavirus". Rabie told reporters that 1,614 vessels had crossed the canal In November, with a total "net tonnage of 100,200,000 tonnes." "The regularity of navigation...
  • Iranian Revolutionary Guard officers [file photo]

    Iran denies Revolutionary Guard commander killed at Iraq-Syria border

    Iran yesterday officially denied Revolutionary Guard Commander Muslim Shahdan was killed at the Iraq-Syria border, local news agencies reported. Speaking to the Iranian news agency Tasnim, government spokesperson Ali Rabiei denied reports that Shahdan was killed along with his bodyguards in a drone strike on the Syria-Iraq border over the weekend. This...
  • Arar border crossing between Saudi Arabia and Iraq [file photo]

    Iraq launches road project with Saudi Arabia

    The Governor of Iraq's Najaf governorate, Luay Al-Yassiry, yesterday announced the launching of a road project linking the governorate with Saudi Arabia. Al-Yasiri said in a statement that the pilgrimage land road project includes the paving of a road 239 kilometres long, in addition to establishing border outlets and...
  • Adnan Al-Ghaith (left), Mahmoud Al-Aloul (centre) and Ahmed Al-Assaf (right)

    Official: Palestine, Jordan, Egypt to setup peace conference

    Deputy leader of Palestine's Fatah movement, Mahmoud Al-Aloul, said a committee which includes Palestinian, Jordanian and Egyptian officials has been formed to coordinate the Palestinian call for holding an international peace conference. Speaking to the Voice of Palestine Radio yesterday, Al-Aloul said as a result of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' visit...
  • Iranian Government Spokesperson Ali Rabiei answers the press members questions as he holds a press conference in Tehran, Iran on October 06, 2020 [Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency]

    Iran government rejects parliament's decision to increase uranium enrichment

    The Iranian government has rejected parliament's decision to raise the annual enrichment of uranium to 20 per cent and stop international inspections of the country's nuclear facilities. A spokesman for the Iranian government, Ali Rabiei, said parliament's decision will not contribute to lifting sanctions, adding that the decision must...
  • The picture of Laila Khaled on the building [Middle East Monitor]

    This Sao Paulo building is like a Palestinian refugee camp

    On 29 August 1969, TWA Flight 840 took off from Los Angeles for Tel Aviv via Rome. There were 116 passengers on board, including a young Palestinian woman called Laila Khaled. She and her accomplice, Salim Al-Issawi, hijacked the aircraft on the final leg of the journey, forcing it...
  • Minister of Interior Mohamed Fahmi in Beirut on January 22, 2020 [AFP via Getty Images]

    Lebanon summons interior minister over judiciary corruption claims

    The Lebanese Attorney General, Judge Ghassan Oweidat, has summoned Interior Minister Mohamed Fahmi for questioning over his remarks about widespread corruption in the judicial system and among judges. The Lebanese News Agency yesterday reported that the Attorney General has also summoned the host of "Sar el Waqt" political talk show, Marcel...
  • Priests stand by the casket of Patriarch Irinej at the St. Sava Temple before the funeral procession at the St. Sava Temple on November 22, 2020 in BELGRADE, Serbia [Vladimir Zivojinovic/Getty Images]

    High death rate as Serbia's Orthodox Church neglects anti-covid measures

    The Serbian Orthodox Church paid a heavy price for its disregard for measures to prevent coronavirus, which led to the death of the head of the church, Patriarch Irinej of Serbia. Last week, Patriarch Irinej died as a result of the virus after the church continued to allow funerals...
  • A picture taken during a guided tour organised by Egypt's State Information Service on February 11, 2020,shows a partial view of the Tora prison in the Egyptian capital Cairo. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images)

    Egypt executes 57 in two months in 'horrifying execution spree'

    Egypt executed at least 57 people in October and November, Amnesty International has said, almost double the number of executions carried out in the whole of 2019. Amnesty referred to it as a "horrifying execution spree", and highlighted the case of 15 political prisoners who were hanged in October. Of...
  • Saudi Arabia the UAE Bahrain and Egypt have severed ties with Qatar [File photo]

    Saudi Arabia: Gulf crisis could end within 24 hours

    The current crisis between Qatar and the Gulf states could end "within 24 hours", Saudi Arabia's permanent representative to the United Nations, Abdullah Bin Yahya Al-Mouallimi, said yesterday. "If Qatar recedes from its previous stances, stops its support for terrorists, halts grants to extremist media, as well as stopping...
  • Member of the Islamic Jihad Movement Khaled al-Batsh makes a speech during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East plan in Gaza City, Gaza on Februay 21, 2020 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

    Islamic Jihad calls on PA to lift its sanctions on Gaza, resume unity talks

    Member of Political Bureau of Islamic Jihad, Khalid Al-Batch, yesterday called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to lift the sanctions it has imposed on the Gaza Strip and resume unity talks. During a meeting with the media and Palestinian public figures held in Gaza, Al-Batch stressed that the PA...
  • A woman sits in front of a wall with the paintings of silhouettes holding rifles in Sana'a, Yemen on March 15, 2017 [Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency]

    UN says 233,000 killed in Yemen war in last 6 years

    The conflict in Yemen has claimed 233,000 lives over the last six years, Anadolu reported the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) saying yesterday. In a report about the situation in the war-torn country, the UNOCHA said: "This large number is unfortunate and unacceptable." At the same time,...
  • People take part in a torchlight procession organized by Amnesty International to commemorate the second anniversary of the death of Giulio Regeni on January 25, 2018 in Rome, Italy [Stefano Montesi/Corbis/Getty Images]

    Egypt 'temporarily' closes file of Italian student's murder

    Egypt is to "temporarily" end its investigation into the murder of Italian student Guilio Regeni, who was found dead in Cairo in 2016, Egyptian and Italian prosecutors said in a joint statement on Monday. The press release said that Egypt's prosecution had evidence that a criminal gang carried out...
  • A vaccine injector is seen a volunteer is vaccinated with the phase 3 test of the vaccine developed by China for coronavirus (COVID-19 on November 23, 2020 [Mehmet Ali Özcan/Anadolu Agency]

    UAE negotiates with Israel to buy covid vaccine for Palestinians

    Israel's Hadassah Medical Centre is currently in talks with the UAE over the sale of 1.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for Palestine, Quds Press reported yesterday. According to the news site, the Israeli public radio Kan, reported that the negotiations between the two sides related to the Russian vaccine. Kan noted...
  • Jordanian King Abdullah II reacts as he delivers a speech at the European Parliament, on January 15, 2020, in Strasbourg, eastern France [FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP via Getty Images]

    Jordan's king: 'We will confront any attempt to impose new reality in Jerusalem'

    Jordanian King Abdullah II affirmed the centrality of the Palestinian cause and the importance of continuing to strive towards achieving a just and comprehensive peace accepted by the peoples, based on international law and legitimacy. This came in a message that the Jordanian monarch sent to the Chairman of...
  • An illustration of Daesh's flag taken on 18 February, 2016 [Reuters/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/]

    Iraq launches military campaign against Daesh cells in Anbar

    The Iraqi army on Sunday announced that it had launched a military campaign to pursue Daesh cells in the desert of Anbar governorate, which borders Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The commander of Anbar Operations, Major General Nasser Al-Ghanem, said in a statement that the military campaign was launched...

    Sudan: 'US is not a charity', nothing is for free

    The US is not a charity that donates things for goodwill without expecting something in return, the head of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, has said in relation to America removing Khartoum from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. In an interview with the Egyptian...
  • The Central Bank of Lebanon [Karan Jain/Flickr]

    Lebanon central bank can keep subsidies for only two more months

    Lebanon's central bank can keep basic subsidies for only two more months and the state should come up with a plan, Governor Riad Salameh said on Tuesday as the country's financial crisis spirals. He told Saudi's al-Hadath TV the central bank would commit to providing Lebanese government accounts for...
  • Vehicles drive by a billboard in honour of slain nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in the Iranian capital Tehran, on November 30, 2020 [ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images]

    UN Security Council unlikely to act on Iran scientist killing

    Just hours after the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist, Tehran demanded the United Nations Security Council condemn the killing and take action against those responsible, but diplomats say the call is likely to go unheeded. At a minimum, the 15-member body could discuss Friday's killing of nuclear...
  • French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a news conference at the Official residence of the French Embassy building in Beirut, Lebanon on August 06, 2020. [Lebanese Presidency /Handout - Anadolu Agency]

    No political progress in Lebanon, France pushes aid meeting

    President Emmanuel Macron will seek to revive a French initiative on Lebanon when he hosts an international aid conference on Wednesday, but with the country's fractious political class bickering, hopes of a breakthrough appear slim. Four months after a massive explosion that killed more than 200 people and destroyed...
  • EU flags on November 11, 2019 [Aysu Biçer/Anadolu Agency]

    EU wants to keep Iran deal alive

    The EU remains intent on preserving the Iran nuclear deal, the bloc's top diplomat said Tuesday, reports Anadolu Agency. Speaking at an event organized by the European External Action Service (EEAS), EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the killing of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on November 27...
  • Deputy Hamas leader in Gaza Khalil Al-Hayya [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

    Palestinian groups urge officials to cut Israel talks

    Palestinian groups in Gaza urged the Palestinian Authority (PA) on Tuesday to reverse a decision to resume talks with Israel and instead accomplish Palestinian intra-reconciliation, reports Anadolu Agency. "The return of relations hindered the path of national reconciliation but didn't fail it completely." Khalil al-Hayya, a member...
  • Ahmadreza Djalali Sweden-based Iranian academic convicted of spying for Israel [Twitter]

    Swedish-Iranian scientist may face imminent execution, say rights groups

    Swedish-Iranian scientist Ahmadreza Djalali, sentenced to death in Iran on espionage charges, may face imminent execution, rights groups said on Tuesday. "On 1 December, a judge said Ahmadreza was to be transferred to Rajai Shahr prison TODAY to proceed with his imminent execution," Amnesty International said on Twitter. "His...
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