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Iran opposition says leaders held, judiciary denies

TEHRAN – Iranian opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi and their wives have been arrested and put in a Tehran jail, their websites said Monday in reports swiftly denied by a judicial official. The two had been under house arrest after judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani said earlier…

Iran warns opposition against staging fresh rallies

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran warned the opposition on Saturday against staging demonstrations after calls were posted on websites for a rally on Sunday to commemorate two people killed during protests this week, state media reported. Opposition leaders Mirhossein Mousavi’s and Mehdi Karoubi’s websites have called for nationwide rallies on Sunday,…

Angry protests continue throughout the Middle East

CAIRO — The Middle East boiled with anger as protesters trying to topple more of the region’s rulers staged fresh mass demonstrations after Friday prayers and buried the victims of crackdowns by embattled regimes. A week on from the overthrow of Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak, hundreds of thousands flooded Cairo’s…

Iran says protest planners will fail as MPs rage

TEHRAN – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday those behind anti-government protests in Iran will fail, as furious lawmakers demanded the execution of opposition chiefs who had called for the rallies. US President Barack Obama, in one of his most direct reactions to Monday’s events in Iran, offered encouragement to…

Amid fresh protests, Iranian lawmakers demand opposition leaders be hung

Furious Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday demanded the hanging of opposition leaders who called anti-government protests which left two people dead, saying they had been “misled” by Iran’s arch-foes. But in one of his most direct reactions to events in Iran, US President Barack Obama offered encouragement to protesters, saying he…

One dead as Iran protesters clash with police

TEHRAN – Iranian riot police fired tear gas and paintballs at protesters holding anti-government demonstrations in Tehran on Monday, websites and witnesses said, while an Iranian news agency reported that a gunshot killed a bystander. The report by the Fars news agency said a number of people were also wounded…

Iran protesters clash with police in Egypt aftermath

TEHRAN – Iranian riot police fired tear gas and paintballs at protesters holding anti-government demonstrations in Tehran on Monday, websites and witnesses said, drawing a stern rebuke from Washington. Police moved in when crowds of opposition supporters gathered in the capital’s Azadi (Freedom) Square began chanting “Death to the Dictator!”…

Thousands demonstrate in Iran despite ban

TEHRAN — Thousands of defiant Iranian opposition supporters, moving in scattered groups in Tehran on Monday, staged what they said was a rally supporting Arab revolts as riot police armed with batons moved in to disperse them, witnesses and opposition websites said. Iranian authorities blocked access to the house of…

Hundreds march in Iranian opposition rally

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Hundreds of Iranians marched toward a Tehran square on Monday in a banned rally supporting popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, but their way was blocked by police and security forces, witnesses said. The march was a test of strength for the reformist opposition, which has not…

Iran anniversary ‘punch’ will stun West: Khamenei

TEHRAN (AFP) – Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday that Iran is set to deliver a “punch” that will stun world powers during this week’s 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution. “The Iranian nation, with its unity and God’s grace, will punch the arrogance (Western powers) on the…

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