A prisoner convicted in Iran's ongoing protests has been executed. And a lot of coup-related news today: Peruvian President Pedro Castillo was removed from office and arrested on a charge of rebellion. German police arrested 25 suspected far-right extremists who allegedly sought to overthrow the government.
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Iran executes first known prisoner arrested in protests
Iran says it has executed a prisoner convicted of a crime allegedly committed during the country’s ongoing nationwide protests, Iran’s Mizan news agency reported Thursday. It's the first such death penalty carried out by Tehran. The man was accused of blocking a street and attacking a security force member with a machete in Tehran.
The background: Iran has been rocked by protests since the Sept. 16 death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, after she was detained by the country’s morality police. Activists warn others could be put to death as well soon since at least a dozen people have so far received death sentences over their involvement in the demonstrations.
Reports circulated this week that Iran's "morality police" would be dismantled following some confusing comments to that effect by a senior Iranian official. But experts noted there had been no official order to abolish the program.
470 protesters and 61 security personnel have died, activists say. The uprisings have rolled across dozens of cities, and mass arrests of students, journalists, activists, artists, sports figures and celebrities who expressed grievances with Iran's hard-line government have become almost daily events.
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Scientists are unsure if slow-moving lava in Hawaii will cross the Big Island road, a vital route that connects the east and west sides of the island, after the world's largest volcano erupted on Nov. 27. Hawaii officials have warned people to take precautionary measures and to prepare for the worst. Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth told the Associated Press that the highway could close before the lava arrives if some onlookers behave inappropriately, such as people hiking onto closed areas to view the lava flow. Last week, thousands of motorists driving along the highway to watch the lava prompted officials to open a one-way "mitigation route." Read more
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Peru's president ousted, arrested
The president of Peru was ousted by Congress and arrested on a charge of rebellion Wednesday after he sought to dissolve the legislative body and take unilateral control of the government, triggering a crisis officials said couldn't "be called anything but a coup." Vice President Dina Boluarte replaced Pedro Castillo and became the first female leader in the history of the republic after hours of wrangling between the legislature and the president, who had tried to prevent an impeachment vote. Shortly before the vote, Castillo announced that he was installing a new emergency government and would rule by decree. Read more
Germany arrests 25 suspected far-right extremists
Thousands of police officers carried out raids across much of Germany on Wednesday against suspected far-right extremists who allegedly sought to overthrow the government in an armed coup. Officials said 25 people were detained. Federal prosecutors said some 3,000 officers conducted searches at 130 sites in 11 of Germany's 16 states against adherents of the so-called Reich Citizens movement. Federal prosecutors said Heinrich XIII P. R., whom the group planned to install as Germany's new leader, had contacted Russian officials with the aim of negotiating a new order in the country once the German government was overthrown. Read more
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