|At least 80 people have been executed in Iran so far this year, marking a rise in its use of capital punishment, the UN’s human rights office has said.
The majority of executions in Iran are by hanging and are handed down for drug-related offences, which fail to meet the threshold in international law for “most serious crimes”, a category which covers acts such as murder, the AFP news agency reported.
“We are deeply concerned about the reported spike in executions in Iran since the beginning of this year,” said Ravina Shamdasani,
Feb. 19, 2014
The first cabinet decision Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, made was about how to keep the nation’s largest lake from disappearing.
AP Photo: Ebrahim Noroozi
An abandoned ship is stuck in solidified salt at Lake Oroumieh in northwestern Iran on Sunday, Feb. 16.
OROUMIEH, Iran — The first cabinet decision made under Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, wasn’t about how to resolve his country’s nuclear dispute with world powers. It was about how to keep the nation’s largest lake from disappearing.… Read the rest
Lake Oroumieh, one of the biggest saltwater lakes on Earth, has shrunk more than
An abandoned ship rusts in the mud on the south shore of Lake Urmia, where only 5 percent of the water remains, Iranian environmental officials say. Morteza Nikoubazl for The New York Times
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Sanaz Nezami is seen in a photo provided by her sister, Sara Nezami.
By Ed White, The Associated Press
A nurse in a Michigan hospital kissed the patient’s forehead. More than 6,000 miles away, Sanaz Nezami’s family in Iran watched the simple act over a laptop computer and wept.
Nezami, a vibrant 27-year-old woman who could speak three languages, wanted to pursue an advanced degree in engineering at Michigan Technological University. Instead, she was brain dead just a few weeks after unpacking her bags, a victim of a fatal beating by her new husband, according to police.