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      One million go to beatification of Pope (by PressTV)

      More than one million Catholic pilgrims have attended a ceremony in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican to mark the beatification of late Pope John Paul II.

      Sunday's ceremony in Rome marked the first step to possible sainthood for the late pontiff, The Associated Press reported.

      Pope Benedict XVI, who performed the beautification, hailed John Paul II for having the "strength of a titan" in...


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      'Media fell short in covering US tornado' (by PressTV)

      US President Obama has described the tornado, which ripped through Alabama killing over 200 people, as “heartbreaking.”

      Press TV interviewed Author and Editor of mediachannel.org Danny Schechter regarding the fatal tornadoes occurring in the United States.

      Press TV: Danny, tell us what you think about the rescue and recovery efforts, and more so about the rescue attempts. We had one...


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      Five wedding day detainees charged (by PressTV)

      The British police have charged five people out of the 55 arrested on the royal wedding day while billing the operation as an “amazing success”.

      Police have bailed three people as they continue investigations on their cases while 37 others have been released as no charges were mounted against them.

      Scotland Yard deployed 5,000 officers, including undercover agents, on the streets of...


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      Three charged over Bristol protests (by PressTV)

      Three people have been charged with offenses related to Bristol demonstrations after protestors to the opening of a Tesco store in Stokes Croft area of the city staged their second rally.

      The court charged Stephen Carroll from Chaplin Road, Bristol with attacking an officer and damaging a police camera while two 17-year-olds who were not named were charged with violent disorder and theft.


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      British teachers' union vote for strike (by PressTV)

      The British Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has voted for an industrial action to be taken in protest at the government's proposed plans to change pension schemes.

      This is the first time ever in the UK history that the ATL delegates have overwhelmingly supported strike action during their annual conference in Liverpool, British media reported.

      All delegates, excluding four,...


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      British schools to face strike closures (by PressTV)

      Schools across England and Wales could face closure as head teachers are set to join nationwide strikes to defend members' pensions, teachers' union say.

      The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) will discuss an emergency motion at the union's annual conference in Brighton on Sunday, which calls on the union to act accordingly to prevent controversial changes to teachers' retirement...


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      Wales coastguards strike over cuts (by PressTV)

      People have staged a protest before Holyhead coastguard station on Anglesey, west coast of Wales, against the UK government's plan to cut services.

      The British government decided to cut 10 coastguard stations.

      The union criticised the government for shutting down a number of 24/7 coastguard centres. It is said that only one in six centres are to remain. The cuts also made 250 jobs go.


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      Facebook cracks down on UK anti cuts (by PressTV)

      The social networking service Facebook, whose claimed agenda is to connect people, has unleashed a crackdown on free speech by closing down 50 British protest groups.

      The privately owned incorporation, which is defined as a “social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them”, by its creator, deactivated dozens of pages created by the UK...


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      Eight arrested during UK May Day Protest (by PressTV)

      Sussex Police have arrested eight people in Brighton during the May Day protest against the UK coalition government's spending cuts.

      About 200 people participated in the early May Day demonstration to express their opposition to the current cuts, bankers and tax dodgers. The protesters then faced the confused policing of the Sussex officers.

      Around 200 police officers, including the mounted...


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      Iran mass-produces cruise missiles (by PressTV)

      A senior Iranian commander says the Islamic Republic of Iran's Air Force (IRIAF) has managed to produce domestically-manufactured smart weaponry, including new cruise missiles.

      Iran has mass-produced and test-fired new cruise missiles which have the capability to destroy naval targets, IRNA quoted IRIAF Deputy Commander for Operations General Mohammad Alavi as saying on Sunday.

      He added...


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      Israel outraged over Rafah reopening (by PressTV)

      Israeli vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom has voiced outrage at Egypt's decision to permanently reopen the Rafah border crossing into the Gaza Strip.

      “It's a worrying development... The reopening of the Rafah crossing could allow the passage of arms and terrorists and we must prepare for important changes both in Egypt and at the regional level,” AFP quoted Shalom as saying on Israel's...


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      'Bahrain rights situation frightening' (by PressTV)

      http://217.218.67.244:8181/video/site video/05-01-2011/news_analysis.flv

      The Bahraini government continues its Saudi-backed crackdown on protesters amid worsening humanitarian situation in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

      Press TV interviews Nabeel Rajab of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights in Manama who describes the fearful living...


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      Ohio murder suspect killed in shootout (by PressTV)

      A man suspected of killing four people in an Ohio home has been killed in a shootout with police that also injured three officers.

      On Saturday morning, 27-year-old Randle Lee Roberts II was shot to death about half an hour after a young girl found the bodies of her relatives in a home near West Union in southern Ohio.

      One of the three officers injured was released from the hospital and the...


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      'Iran self-sufficient in nuclear fuel cycle' (by PressTV)

      Iran has reached self-sufficiency in the nuclear fuel cycle and the production of radioisotopes used in medical treatments, says Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Qannadi.

      “Despite the West's sanctions on Iran, Iranian youth and scientists have managed to obtain advanced nuclear technologies...” IRNA quoted Qannadi as saying on Sunday.

      The AEOI...


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      Egyptians demand prisoners' release (by PressTV)

      http://217.218.67.244:8181/video/20110501/02-17-00-sng-karim-cairo.flv

      Thousands of Egyptian protesters have once again called on the ruling military council to release all political prisoners jailed by the ousted President Hosni Mubarak's regime.

      The demonstrators on Saturday marched from Al-Nour Mosque in the Ramses area to...


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      'Bahrain cruelty swells hatred for West' (by PressTV)

      http://217.218.67.244:8181/video/site video/05-01-2011/news_analysis.flv

      The US and UK silence over the Saudi-backed crackdown on Bahraini protesters have fueled anti-West sentiment in the Arab world.

      Press TV talks with Professor Rodney Shakespeare, chairman of the Committee against Torture in Bahrain, in London to discuss the...


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      Syria activists vow nationwide rallies (by PressTV)

      Syrian activists have planned nationwide protests beginning on Sunday to start what they named a "week of breaking the siege."

      The announcement came after six people were killed and many others injured in the southern city of Dara'a on Friday.

      The Syrian government has blamed the killings on an armed terrorist group, which has confessed to receiving weapons and money to kill people and...


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      Iran verifies Egypt talks at NAM meet (by PressTV)

      Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi confirms planned talks with his Egyptian counterpart Nabil al-Arabi on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) meeting in the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

      “Iran, Egypt and Cuba are currently troika members of the Non-Aligned Movement. Foreign ministers of the three countries are scheduled to hold talks on activities of the NAM during...


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      'US, EU profiting from Gaddafi fall' (by PressTV)

      NATO targets Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi's stronghold, killing his youngest son Saif al-Arab and three of his grandsons.


      In an interview with Press TV, former Pentagon official Michael Maloof tells us that NATO forces are specifically targeting Gaddafi and major infrastructures in Libya for a quick transition of power, with the US and EU countries setting up in position to...
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      'Libya oil, US tool to sway Europe' (by PressTV)

      http://217.218.67.244:8181/video/site video/04-30-2011/libya_war.flv

      Washington's main agenda in the Libyan war is to gain control of energy supplies to Europe in an attempt to use it as “leverage” over its key European partners, a Middle East expert says.

      “The Americans' control of the Middle Eastern oil is important...


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      'Bahrain invasion to threaten S Arabia' (by PressTV)

      A senior Iranian military commander says Saudi Arabia's security will be threatened because of its invasion of Bahrain to help the crackdown on Bahraini anti-government protesters.

      “Saudi Arabia's unfair and un-Islamic moves will provoke Muslims in this country and will threaten the security of Saudi Arabia,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General...


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      French youths protest unemployment (by PressTV)

      http://217.218.67.244:8181/video/20110501/00-02-00-sng-anustup-paris.flv

      Thousands of young job-seekers have once again taken to the streets in France to protest against high unemployment and job insecurity.

      The protesters called on the French government to increase assistance to the unemployed youth and step up efforts to...


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      Afghan market blast kills 3, wounds 14 (by PressTV)

      A bomb has exploded in a crowded market in southeast Afghanistan, leaving at least three civilians dead and 14 others wounded, the Interior Ministry says.

      According to the ministry, the incident occurred in Barmal district in Paktika province of the war-ravaged country on Sunday, when an attacker detonated his explosive vest in the market, a Press TV correspondent reported.

      A local council...


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      'Pakistan still safe haven for militants' (by PressTV)

      A US military report says Afghan militants continue to enjoy sanctuary in Pakistan's border regions with Afghanistan, since the US-led invasion in 2001.

      "The concern about the role of safe havens in Pakistan and the role of actors in Pakistan remains a significant challenge," Times of India quoted a US senior defense official as saying at a Pentagon briefing on Saturday.

      According to the...


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      Turkish protesters back Bahrain uprising (by PressTV)

      Turkish protesters have held a rally in the city of Istanbul to denounce the Saudi-backed military crackdown on Bahraini civilians.

      The angry demonstrators, who carried placards, marched to Saudi Arabia's consulate and chanted anti-Riyadh slogans, a Press TV correspondent reported on Saturday.

      “Killer Saudi King, you will be held accountable for what you have done,” the demonstrators...


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      US Senators on surprise visit to Somalia (by PressTV)

      A US Senate delegation has arrived in the autonomous region of Puntland in northeastern Somalia in a surprise visit to the conflict-plague nation.

      The delegation, headed by Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk, arrived in the port town of Bosaso, located about 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) north of Mogadishu, on Saturday and met with local authorities, a Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu...


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      'Hamas-Fatah unity deal will hold' (by PressTV)

      http://217.218.67.244:8181/video/site video/05-01-2011/palestinian_reconciliation.flv

      A senior member of Hamas political bureau says the reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas will hold despite pressure from the US and Israel.

      "I am sure that this deal will hold despite all the Israeli and American pressure," Ezzat al-Rishq...


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      Renewed calls for nuclear transparency (by PressTV)

      Japan, Canada, Australia, Germany and six other nations have called for renewed efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear material.

      In a collective statement issued in Berlin, the foreign ministers of 10 countries called for a comprehensive test ban treaty, which they want the US and Indonesia to ratify, and a complete ban on the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons.


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      Several inmates escape from Afghan jail (by PressTV)

      At least eight prisoners have reportedly escaped from a detention center in Afghanistan's northwestern province of Herat.

      The jailbreak took place in Kohsan district, located 730 kilometers (454 miles) west of the capital Kabul late Friday, a Press TV correspondent reported Saturday.

      Prison officials announced that guards were giving prisoners' meals when a group of inmates attacked them.


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      Israel concerned over Fatah-Hamas deal (by PressTV)

      Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has expressed concern about a reconciliation deal between the Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas.

      "We expect world leaders and especially the United Nations to attach conditions to any cooperation with a Palestinian unity government -- to whatever extent that this will happen," AFP quoted Barak as saying in a telephone conversation with UN Secretary...


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      Renowned Argentine writer Sabato dies (by PressTV)

      The well-known and award-winning Argentine writer and novelist, Ernesto Sabato, has died at the age of 99 near the capital Buenos Aires.

      Sabato, also a human rights champion, died at his home on Saturday morning, a Press TV correspondent reported.

      As a young man, Sabato studied Physics and earned a doctorate. He, however, became disenchanted with what he saw as the misuse of science.

      When...


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      'US, NATO after Libyan oil reserves' (by PressTV)

      Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast says the US and NATO want to take control of Libya's oil reserves and other natural resources rather than helping its people.

      Mehmanparast made the comment in a press conference in the Cuban capital, Havana, on Saturday.

      His remarks come as the United States on Wednesday permitted oil deals with Libyan Transitional National Council.

      The...


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      Putin slams Japan over nuclear crisis (by PressTV)

      The Russian prime minister has criticized Japan's nuclear industry for poor handling of the Fukushima disaster and the building of nuclear power plants in seismic zones.

      “The Japanese have a unique situation. I don't know why they build their plants in seismic zones. The whole of Japan is a seismic zone,” AFP quoted Vladimir Putin as saying on Saturday during a meeting of physicists in...


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      Royal families and new world order (by PressTV)

      We can look back to ancient Babylon, Egypt, Rome and even to London, which is also known as (Babylondon) and still see the royal families maintaining incestuous relations to keep their bloodline intact passing down instructions through the generations. London is the new Babylon; hence, the name Babylondon.

      The DNA has been discovered by scientists as functioning like an internal hard drive...


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      Anti-govt. demo held in Maldives (by PressTV)

      Several thousand people have taken to the streets in the Maldives capital Male to call on President Mohamed Nasheed to relinquish power.

      About 5,000 people staged a demonstration on Saturday to protest against economic hardship, alleged mismanagement, and wasteful spending in the Asian state, AP reported.

      "The main reasons are the recent devaluation of the currency and subsequent increase...


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      Saleh backs away from resignation deal (by PressTV)

      A Yemeni boy holds up a sign during a rally demanding the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the southern city of Taizz on April 29, 2011.

      Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has backtracked on an Arab-brokered deal that would require him to step down in exchange for legal immunity.

      Saleh said on Saturday that he would not sign the deal mediated by the (Persian) Gulf...


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      Yemen opposition rejects (P)GCC deal (by PressTV)

      The Yemeni opposition has rejected the power transition deal proposed by the Persian Gulf Arab countries and the mediator has left Sana'a empty-handed.

      The opposition said on Saturday that they would not attend the signing ceremony of the deal, which had been scheduled to be held in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh on Sunday, the Associated Press reported.

      Opposition leader Mohammed...


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      Gaddafi son, 3 grandsons killed in strikes (by PressTV)

      Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, the youngest son of Muammar Gaddafi, was killed in a NATO airstrike on Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli on April 30, 2010.

      Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, the youngest son of embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been killed in an airstrike on Saturday, a government spokesman has announced.

      Saif al-Arab was killed in an airstrike on the headquarters of...


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      13 Iraqis die in day of deadly blasts (by PressTV)

      At least 13 people have been killed and several others wounded in separate bombing attacks across Iraq.

      One blast happened near an army post at the entrance to a busy market in the northern city of Mosul on Saturday, a local security official was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

      Five soldiers were among the eight killed in the deadly incident, which also left 19 people injured.

      In other...


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      Belgium inches closer to burqa ban (by PressTV)

      Belgium's lower house of parliament has approved a bill that would ban all clothing that covers or partially covers the face and that would prohibit Muslim women from wearing the burqa and the niqab in public.

      On Thursday, the bill was passed by a vote of 136-1 and two abstentions, AP reported.

      If approved by the Senate, Belgium would become the second European country after France to put...


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      British royals hosted world's despots (by PressTV)

      British royals hosted world's autocrats, who have long been implicated in acts of repressive violence and crushing popular revolts, at the royal wedding.

      Senior figures from the regimes of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Swaziland as well as other despots with recent acts of violence against their own people on their hands attended the UK royal wedding on Friday.

      British human rights...


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      Press TV signal jammed on Nilesat (by PressTV)

      The signal of Press TV has been jammed on the Nilesat satellite provider, and the operator has failed to provide a satisfactory explanation for the electronic interference.

      The Iran-based English-language news network has been jammed on the Nilesat satellite since 6:39 p.m. Tehran time (1509 GMT) and has not returned to normal.

      The source of jamming is said to be a nearby transponder which...


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      UK MP: Keep your hands off workers day (by PressTV)

      British Labour activists have told Prime Minister David Cameron not to interfere in the May Day holiday protest, which is to be held on Monday.

      Labour activists asked the protestors to act against Tories who wanted to abolish the May Day bank holiday.

      According to Labours, Cameron and his aristocrat Cabinet are trying to abolish the holiday of the first day of May and replace it with St...


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      UKBA turns hospital into prison (by PressTV)

      British immigration officials have taken an 'inhumane' measure turning a hospital used for giving treatment to detainees at immigration removal centers into a prison.

      The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has moved to put restraints on the sexual health clinic at the Hillingdon hospital in west London, which treats detainees from two immigration removal centers near Heathrow along with other patients.


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      10% of UK headmasters abused by parents (by PressTV)

      Britain's National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) says students' parents have attacked more than 10 percent of the head teachers at their schools.

      The association has published figures that show headmasters have been the targets of punching, kicking, head-butting and biting at their own schools, while some have been attacked with chairs and tables or sexually assaulted.

      A NAHT survey...


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      Tesco protest injures several in Britain (by PressTV)

      Several British people, including police and protesters, have been injured in violent clashes during a protest to stop inauguration of a new Tesco store in Bristol.

      The clashes erupted at about 1am Friday after officers moved in to “contain a group of mask-wearing protesters” who were throwing bottle, Avon and Somerset police said in a statement.

      The protest against a new Tesco...


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      Iran students slam Bahrain crackdown (by PressTV)

      A group of Iranian students gather outside the Bahraini Embassy in Tehran to express their sympathy for those killed in the crackdown on the Persian Gulf island's popular uprising.

      In the Saturday gathering, students from different universities in Tehran condemned the crackdown on Bahraini people by the Manama government and Saudi forces.

      The students carried a coffin to symbolize the...


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      In Japan, 76% unhappy with govt. (by PressTV)

      Some 76 percent of Japanese are unsatisfied with Prime Minister Naoto Kan's handling of the aftermath of the March 11 quake and tsunami, and the country's nuclear crisis.

      According to a telephone survey conducted by Kyodo News Agency on Friday and Saturday, dissatisfaction with Kan's leadership has grown among the Japanese since March when 63.7 of people were unsatisfied with the government....


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      Libyan kids blessed British Royals (by PressTV)

      A number of Libyan children have congratulated the British Royal Wedding in a bizarre way in Tripoli, the country's capital.

      In a news conference in Tripoli, four Libyan children congratulated the British Royals, holding posters of the royal couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton. The posters, however, showed war images in the background and blood dropping from William's...


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      US gasoline prices surpass $4 (by PressTV)

      As oil companies rake in record profits in the first-quart earnings, the price of gas at the pump has risen to more than USD 4 per gallon in the United States.

      In some states, the price of gasoline has risen to more than USD 4.50 per gallon, according to the American Automobile Association's (AAA) Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

      With the price of gas continuing to rise across the country, the...


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      'Education right, not for Palestinians' (by PressTV)

      http://217.218.67.244:8181/video/program/remember palestine/0416_rp.flv

      Ally Ackbarally believes that visiting Palestine, seeing the people, eating with them and being segregated behind the walls has really helped him and his students learn the reality about the land.

      Press TV interviewed Professor Ally Ackbarally, the Founder...


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      Royal Wedd police arrest a photographer (by PressTV)

      British Royal Wedding security police have arrested a man in the Charing Cross area, who was trying to take photos of the day, the Scotland Yard police have confirmed.

      The police arrested a man taking photos before the ceremony starts.

      Labour backbencher John McDonnell criticized the Scotland Yard over the raids just before the wedding event.

      "I believe this disproportionate use of force...


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      Iran MPs slam Bahrain death sentences (by PressTV)

      A group of Iranian lawmakers have condemned the recent move by Manama to sentence four Bahraini anti-government protesters to death.

      In a declaration issued on Saturday, members of the Parliament (Majlis) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said the death sentences are “a clear violation of human rights and international laws,” IRNA reported on Saturday.

      They urged...


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      'Mubarak could face death penalty' (by PressTV)

      Egypt's former dictator Hosni Mubarak could face the death pe

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