Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s new president, has used his inauguration speech to vow to work towards lifting “tyrannical” sanctions imposed on Tehran by the US, and to improve living standards for Iranians... The ultraconservative president was endorsed by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Tuesday.
Some bodies were found with gunshot wounds or their hands bound, and the official said on Monday a forensic investigation was needed to determine the causes of death. The official spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to brief the media. ... .
The head of a Ukraine-based NGO helping Belarusians fleeing persecution has been found hanged in a park in Kiev. An investigation into the case has been opened by police. VitalyShishov’s body was found near his home in the Ukrainian capital, a day after he was reported missing by his partner after not returning home from a run ... (REUTERS) ... .
A Russian court has sentenced a key ally of jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny to 18 months of restricted movement after finding her guilty of inciting people to break COVID-19 safety regulations ... She had initially been placed under house arrest ... The 33-year-old was also banned from leaving Moscow and attending mass events ... ‘A fictitious case’ ... .
Bangalore. A day after the custodial death of a Congolese man, a demonstration in the city by African national people turned violent as police began lathi charge against the protestors ... In custody a couple of hours later, he complained of chest pain and was rushed to a private hospital where he died allegedly of cardiac arrest ... .
Ankara. Turkey has continued to battle raging wildfires that erupted last week in the southern and southwestern coastal resort towns, with seven of the blazes still active, officials announced ... “Under normal conditions, the humidity should not be below 30 per cent,” Pakdemirli explained ... The fires have claimed eight lives so far in Turkey.
As Turkish fire crews pressed ahead Tuesday with their weeklong battle against blazes tearing through forests and villages on the country's southern coast, PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdogan’s government faced increased criticism over its apparent poor response and inadequate preparedness for large-scale wildfires ... Our state is standing strong.” ... .
TEHRAN. Ultraconservative Ebrahim Raisi, who was inaugurated as Iran's president on Tuesday, portrays himself as a pious figure and corruption-fighting champion of the poor. The 60-year-old takes over from Hassan Rouhani, a moderate whose signature achievement was a 2015 nuclear deal that gave Iran relief from international sanctions ... .