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Syrian government accepts Annan peace plan

Syria's government accepts the peace plan put forward by the United Nations and Arab League envoy, Kofi Annan.

(BBC NEWS) Damascus - Mr Annan considered it "an important initial step that could bring an end to the violence and the bloodshed" but implementation was key, he added.

The plan calls for an end to the fighting in a UN-supervised ceasefire.

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Has Iran Quietly Started Executing Protesters?

Iranian authorities have begun prosecuting demonstrators arrested at recent mass protests, accusing them of the gravest crimes that are punishable by the death penalty. The prospect of sham trials is meant to subdue an extremely hostile population.

Photo of men and women killed during protests in Iran laid out in Paris

Photographs of men and women killed during recent protests in Iran

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Iran's clerical regime, which has faced persistent anti-state protests since mid-September, is activating a tried-and-tested mechanism for terminating opposition: executions.

In recent days the judiciary has leveled the gravest charges in its juridical arsenal at dozens of detained protesters, namely "waging war on God" (muhariba) and "spreading corruption in the land" (afsad fi al-arz).

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