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Iran votes in presidential elections despite low turnout
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Iran votes in presidential elections despite low turnout

More news - News 24 hours Friday's Iranian presidential election saw a particularly low turnout, with early estimates indicating that only around 25% of eligible voters participated. This is a significant drop from the 70% turnout seen in previous elections and falls short of the 50% target set by ruling clerics, who see voter participation as a measure of their legitimacy. Years of economic hardship and harsh social restrictions have left many Iranians disillusioned with politicians' broken promises. For some, abstaining from voting is a way of expressing their rejection of the government. Reports from Tehran indicated empty polling stations, with some voters defying dress codes, such as Mahdieh, 41, who voted without a hijab. By contrast, polling stations in central and souther...
A restaurant challenges the president of Venezuela by selling empanadas
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A restaurant challenges the president of Venezuela by selling empanadas

More news - Latest news Representatives for the IRS did not respond to an email seeking comment. The Hernández sisters were initially shocked. But they had filmed their interaction with regulators and sent it to one of their daughters. The young woman decided that she could share the family's experience with some friends. The video quickly spread online and soon outraged supporters began visiting the restaurant as if they were making a pilgrimage. Donations appeared at the door: spices to flavor the filling of empanadas, a 33-pound bag of cornmeal. Then funds started arriving from Colombia, Brazil, Mexico and even Germany. Many people sent in orders of empanadas, along with instructions for families to distribute them among local needy people. Recently, in her restaurant, Corina ...
The number of victims of attacks on churches and synagogues in Dagestan is rising, officials say
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The number of victims of attacks on churches and synagogues in Dagestan is rising, officials say

Related media - Recent news “We understand who is behind these terrorist acts,” Sergei Melikov, Dagestan's top official, said in a speech to its residents. He drew a comparison between the victims of the assault and Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine, saying they were facing the same enemy. "We must understand that the war is coming to our home," Melikov added. Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, in his daily press conference on Monday appeared to draw a link between the violence in Dagestan and Ukraine's separate attack on Sunday on occupied Crimea. Local authorities have declared a three-day period of national mourning in Dagestan, a multi-religious and ethnically diverse region, and said the families of the victims will receive special compensation. Dagestan's roughly 3.2 million re...
Middle East Crisis: Israel Orders Evacuations During Gaza City Attacks
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Middle East Crisis: Israel Orders Evacuations During Gaza City Attacks

More news - Recent news Israel ordered evacuations in eastern Gaza on Thursday as heavy attacks hit the region, causing numerous casualties, according to Palestinian officials and residents. Those in the area described a desperate scramble to escape amid the ongoing explosions. The Israeli military did not immediately comment on the strikes, which reportedly targeted the Shajaiye neighborhood, an area badly damaged by previous intense fighting. Israel's public broadcaster, Kan, noted that the military was conducting a ground operation to eliminate Hamas, based on intelligence suggesting the group was regaining control of the neighborhood. A witness from a human rights organization reported seeing Israeli tanks on the outskirts of Shajaiye. If confirmed, the operation would ...
Iranian presidential candidates united on one thing: Trump’s return
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Iranian presidential candidates united on one thing: Trump’s return

More news - Breaking news During the Iranian presidential campaign, a recurring theme dominated debates, rallies and speeches: the long-awaited return of Donald J. Trump. The six presidential candidates have repeatedly suggested that Trump's victory in the 2024 US presidential election is inevitable. The central question for Iranian voters as they go to the polls on Friday is determining which candidate is best equipped to handle Trump's presidency. Interestingly, President Biden is barely mentioned and the numerous polls indicating a close election in the United States are ignored. Instead, Trump's name is often invoked. “Wait and see what will happen when Trump comes,” said Mostafa Pourmohammadi, a cleric and candidate, during a recent televised debate. “We need to prepare for ne...
Kenyan Parliament approves tax law amid controversy
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Kenyan Parliament approves tax law amid controversy

More news - Recent news Kenyan lawmakers passed a controversial finance law on Tuesday, sparking outrage from thousands of people who marched on Parliament in Nairobi. Demonstrators pleaded with the government to reject the proposed tax increases, arguing they would disproportionately burden ordinary Kenyans. Clashes erupted as police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. Footage captured by international media showed the chaotic scene, including the use of force against protesters. Reports also emerged of human rights activists being kidnapped ahead of the protest, raising concerns about freedom of expression. The proposed legislation has set off a firestorm across Kenya. The East African nation, known for its relative stability, witnessed days of nationwide demonstration...
A Hungarian rapper’s caravan finds an unlikely new driver
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A Hungarian rapper’s caravan finds an unlikely new driver

More news - Breaking news “I'm in the middle of this whole thing, and even I find it hard to explain what happened,” Mr. Toth said. “People cheer for him as if they were cheering for the Hungarian national football team.” Politics, however, destroyed Azahriah's chances of representing her country in Europe's musical equivalent of the World Cup, the Eurovision Song Contest. Authorities, alarmed by Eurovision's reputation as Europe's biggest gay event, in 2020 ended Hungary's participation in the annual competition. “It would have been amazing if I could have won Eurovision as a straight white guy,” Azahriah said. David Sajo, entertainment editor for Telex, a popular Hungarian online media outlet, said he was not a big fan, but praised Azahriah for broadening Hungarian musical horizo...
Crisis in the Middle East: the Israeli Defense Minister arrives in Washington amid tensions
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Crisis in the Middle East: the Israeli Defense Minister arrives in Washington amid tensions

More news - Breaking news Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made fresh complaints on Sunday about the Biden administration's supply of munitions for the war in Gaza as his defense minister arrived in Washington to meet with senior US officials.Some Israeli media had described Defense Minister Yoav Gallant's visit, although planned in advance, as a "reconciliation" trip aimed at easing recent tensions with the country's most important ally. Netanyahu's government and the Biden administration are increasingly at odds over Israel's conduct in Gaza, and last week Netanyahu lashed out at the United States for withholding munitions.But on Sunday morning, Netanyahu redoubled his efforts. In a speech broadcast in Hebrew before the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said ...
In the rescue of the Israeli hostages, minutes made the difference
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In the rescue of the Israeli hostages, minutes made the difference

Related media - News 24 hours In the footage, edited to blur the soldiers' faces and remove gory images, the hostages are then seen leaving the building and climbing through tree-lined terrain as gunfire erupts around them. “Hamas members shot at them,” said al-Tahrawi, the shop owner. Other militants joined the fight, according to Admiral Hagari, "running through the streets with RPGs," an acronym for rocket-propelled grenades. "There was a lot of fire around us," he said. As Ms. Argamani was approaching the beach in one vehicle, the other truck used for the rescue broke down, according to Israeli officials, who requested anonymity to discuss a clandestine operation. To provide cover for the stalled truck, officials said, the Air Force began bombing the nearby area, effectively cr...
US expands sanctions against Russia during G7 leaders’ meeting
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US expands sanctions against Russia during G7 leaders’ meeting

Related media - Recent news While the measures expand the scope of the U.S. sanctions program, the Biden administration has so far refrained from imposing sanctions on Chinese or European banks it believes are helping Russia. The new measures do not prevent banks from facilitating transactions related to Russia's energy exports, which the Biden administration has allowed to continue out of fear that restricting them could stoke inflation. Announcing the sanctions, Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen said in a statement that “Russia's war economy is deeply isolated from the international financial system, leaving the Kremlin's military desperate for access to the outside world.” At the heart of the measures is an expansion of “secondary” sanctions that give the United States the power...