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An injured man is evacuated in Bangkok, one of 28 anti-government protesters reported injured in a bomb explosion in Bangkok on Friday.
An injured man is evacuated in Bangkok, one of 28 anti-government protesters reported injured in a bomb explosion in Bangkok on Friday.
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PLANS FOR CEASEFIRE IN ALEPPO
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem announced at joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Syria had given Russia plans for a ceasefire in the northern city of Aleppo, RT reports. He also said that, if successful, the plan could be implemented in other cities and that the government was ready to exchange prisoners with the opposition. This comes just five days ahead of the planned Geneva 2 peace conference. It is still unclear whether representatives of the opposition will attend.

LEBANON TOWN HIT BY ROCKET FROM SYRIA
At least seven people died in Eastern Lebanon after a rocket apparently fired from the Syrian side of the border hit the town of Arsal, The Daily Star reports.

BLAST IN BANGKOK AS PROTESTS CONTINUE
Twenty-eight anti-government protesters were injured in Bangkok after a small explosive device went off where demonstrators were marching, The Bangkok Post reports. Protesters have been targeted a number of times over the past few days, leading an army chief to express concern that an armed group might be behind these attacks.

ISRAEL CHARGES “PRO-PALESTINIAN BIAS”
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman summoned the ambassadors of Britain, France, Italy and Spain this morning, accusing them of “pro-Palestinian bias” after they criticized the recent announcements of new settlements to be constructed in territories illegally occupied by Israel, AFP reports.

CIGARETTES DEADLIER THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT
A new scientific study shows that cigarettes can cause a lot more diseases than previously thought, including diabetes, colorectal and liver cancers, erectile dysfunction and ectopic pregnancy, The New York Timesreports.

FAREWELL
Hiroo Onoda, the Japanese soldier who didn’t emerge from hiding and surrender until 30 years after the end of World War II, has died in Tokyo at age 91.

VERBATIM
A member of the Italian Parliament went on an anti-immigrant rant in blackface. Read here what he had to say.

CRIME INT’L
A team of journalists has identified France’s most famous singer, Johnny Hallyday, as a possible tax evader after studying geolocated photos on his Instagram account. His reply? “They’re morons”...

BY THE NUMBERS
The NSA collects almost 200 million texts every day from around the world.

BOARD GAME COLLECTOR
Remember Jumanji? The original game is on sale on eBay. Good luck to potential bidders!


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Mahsa Amini, Martyr Of An Iranian Regime Designed To Abuse Women

The 22-year-old is believed to have been beaten to death at a Tehran police station last week after "morality police" had reprimanded her clothing. The case has sparked the nation's outrage. But as ordinary Iranians testify, such beatings, torture and a home brand of misogyny are hallmarks of the 40-year Islamic Republic of Iran.

Mahsa Amini

Firouzeh Nordstrom

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TEHRAN — The death in Iran of a 22-year-old Mahsa Amini — after she was arrested by the so-called "morality police" — has unleashed another wave of protests, as thousands of Iranians vent their fury against an intrusive and violent regime. Indeed, as tragically exceptional as the circumstances appear, the reaction reflects the daily reality of abuse by authorities, especially directed toward women

Amini, a Kurdish-Iranian girl visiting Tehran with relatives, was detained by the regime's morality patrols on Sept. 13, apparently for not respecting the Islamic dress code that includes proper use of the hijab headscarf. Amini was declared dead two or three days after being taken into custody. Officials say she fainted and died, and blamed a preexisting heart condition. But neither her family nor anyone else in Iran believe that, as can be seen in the mounting protests that have now left at least three dead.

For Amini's was hardly the first arbitrary arrest, or the first suspected death in custody under Iran's Islamic regime.

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