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Iran attacked northern Iraq on Wednesday with more than 40 ballistic missiles and armed drones, one of which was shot down by a U.S. warplane as it headed toward the city of Erbil where American troops are based, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials. The strikes were by far the largest and most deadly in recent days by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which has carried out repeated bombardments of Kurdish areas in northern Iraq since last week, after publicly blaming Iranian Kurdish separatist groups based there for fomenting unrest that has swept across Iran.
As Iran struggles to quell a wave of street protests at home, the regime launched a drone and missile attack on an Iranian-Kurdish opposition group in neighboring Iraq on Wednesday, Kurdish and U.S. officials said. The Iranian attack left at least nine people dead and 32 wounded, Kurdish authorities in the area said. Smoke billows following an Iranian cross-border attack in the area of Zargwez, about 9 miles from Sulaimaniyah, Iraq, on Sept. 28, 2022. The U.S. condemned the Iranian attack as an assault on Iraq’s sovereignty and accused the regime of trying to divert attention from domestic turmoil. No U.S. troops were wounded or killed in the Iranian attack.
The protests that have erupted across Iran in the past two weeks are rooted in anger at the country’s morality police, an unpopular vestige of the 1979 revolution that represents a weak point for the government, according to protesters and human-rights advocates. The death of Mahsa Amini , 22, on Sept. 16, while in the custody of the morality police has touched a nerve among many Iranian families, who have had their own humiliating experiences with officers tasked with enforcing the country’s strict Islamic codes for clothing and behavior. Among those protesting are conservative women and men, joining throngs of young secular people who say the enforcement of rules around hijab, or headscarves, for women is often capricious.
Social media users are claiming that the Republican candidate for Pennsylvania governor Doug Mastriano said that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei “has the right idea of how women should be treated.” But there is no record of Mastriano making this statement. A Google search reveals no news coverage or results documenting the alleged statement (, ( Mastriano’s representatives did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment. Trump-backed Republican Doug Mastriano has called legal abortion “a national catastrophe” and has promised to push a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy if elected governor. There is no evidence that Republican candidate for Pennsylvania governor Doug Mastriano said Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei “has the right idea of how women should be treated.”This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team.
Mahsa Amini's death in Iran sparks worldwide protests
  + stars: | 2022-09-28 | by ( Dave Lucas | )   time to read: 1 min
The Kremlin said no decision had been taken on whether to seal Russia's borders to stop an exodus of military-aged men fleeing the country, after days of chaotic scenes during its first military mobilisation since World War Two.
Iranian women protested in the central city of Yazd on Monday over the death of a woman after her arrest for allegedly breaching Iran's strict rules on headscarves. As protests in Iran over the rights of women expand, the Islamic establishment is now attempting to suppress the voices of the most visible supporters of a movement that so far has been leaderless: celebrities. Many prominent Iranian actors, directors, artists, poets and sports professionals have publicly backed those protesting the Islamic Republic’s morality laws, after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code.
Protests in Iran over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini persist with defiance of the young demonstrators despite the internet blackout and government crackdown. CNN's Jomana Karadsheh reports.
Smoke rises from the Iraqi Kurdistan headquarters of the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran, after Iran's Revolutionary Guards' strike on the outskirts of Kirkuk, Iraq September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Ako RasheedDUBAI, SULAIMANIYA, Iraq Sept 28 (Reuters) - Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday they fired missiles and drones at militant targets in the Kurdish region of neighbouring northern Iraq, where an official said nine people were killed. A senior member of Komala, an exiled Iranian Kurdish opposition party, told Reuters that several of their offices were struck as well. The Revolutionary Guards, Iran's elite military and security force, said after the attacks that they would continue targeting what it called terrorists in the region. Protests erupted in Iran this month over the death of a young Iranian Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, in police custody.
Amini's death two weeks ago has sparked anti-government protests across Iran, with protesters often calling for the end of the Islamic clerical establishment's more than four decades in power. "We all are saddened by this tragic incident ... (However)Chaos is unacceptable," Raisi said in an interview with state TV, while protests continued around the country. Raisi, who had ordered an investigation into Amini's death, said "forensics will present report on her death in the coming days". Raisi backed Iran's security forces, saying "they sacrifice their lives to secure the country". Iran has blamed Kurdish dissidents for the unrest as well as what it called "thugs" linked to "foreign enemies."
Iranian human rights groups have reported a higher toll. read moreIranian authorities have accused armed Iranian Kurdish dissidents of igniting the unrest, particularly in the northwest where most of Iran's over 10 million Kurds live. Early on Wednesday, a video showed protesters in Tehran chanting "Mullahs get lost!" The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on Iran's clerical rulers to "fully respect the rights to freedom of opinion, expression, peaceful assembly and association". human rights office spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said on Tuesday reports indicated "hundreds have also been arrested, including human rights defenders, lawyers, civil society activists and at least 18 journalists".
Authorities deny beating Amini and insisted in a statement that the cause of death was sudden heart failure, possibly from preexisting conditions. Women who were arrested along with Mahsa told her father that she was beaten inside a van that was transporting them. So, the family does not know what happened inside the van and at the detention centre," said one of the sources close to the family. Where is my child?,” she repeats everyday, said the sources close to the family. Iranian authorities have told Amini's relatives to avoid speaking about her case, said the two sources close to the family.
Traders supplying Russian oil in July had asked at least two Indian companies to settle in dirham. An invoice from one of the refiners seen by Reuters showed oil payments were calculated in dollars while payment was requested in dirhams. The three sources said the dirham payments did not go through because Mashreq declined to facilitate the trade. The U.S. Treasury, Mashreq Bank and Gazprombank did not immediately respond to requests for comment. That provided Indian refiners, which rarely bought Russian oil due to high freight costs, an opportunity to snap up exports at hefty discounts to Brent and Middle East staples.
Attorney General Bill Barr tried to get President Trump to scale back his personal attacks on others, a new book says. "People are tired of the fucking drama," Barr told Trump in 2020, according to a Washington Post excerpt of "Confidence Man." "People are tired of the fucking drama," Barr told Trump in 2020, according to a Washington Post excerpt of the forthcoming book "Confidence Man," by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman. As he refused to acknowledge the severity of the pandemic, Trump simultaneously pushed baseless allegations of voter fraud throughout 2020, weeks and months before Election Day that undermined trust in the voting process among Republicans . After losing the election in November, Trump refused to concede and disrupted the longstanding US tradition of a peaceful transfer of power.
Trump asked Obama how he kept his approval ratings high in 2016, according to a forthcoming book by NYT's Maggie Haberman. Trump publicly skewered Obama but was privately fixated with his popularity and achievements. Trump asked Obama about his approval ratings the first time the two of them met in the Oval Office after Trump clinched his 2016 election victory, according to Haberman. Obama also struck a more conciliatory tone toward Trump, saying after Trump won that he would not publicly attack his successor. Trump left office with record low approval ratings.
Iran’s nationwide crackdown on antigovernment protests has been especially severe against its Kurdish minority, with drone and artillery strikes against separatist groups and deadly clashes in Kurdish-dominated cities and towns where the unrest first arose, residents say. Iranian authorities have blamed Kurdish activists and separatists based in neighboring countries for fomenting protests that erupted in Iran’s Kurdish region following the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurd arrested in Tehran for allegedly violating the country’s strict Islamic dress code.
That's right: Amazon has confirmed it's hosting another Prime Day-esque event, slated to take place next month. It's official: Amazon is hosting a second "Prime Day" sales event. Here's what we know so far:The "Prime Early Access Sale," will be held on October 11 and 12. As with Prime Day, the Prime Early Access Sale is exclusively available to Amazon Prime subscribers. But as long as you sign up before the event ends on October 12, you'll be able to partake.
Lacklustre United States held to 0-0 draw by Saudi Arabia
  + stars: | 2022-09-27 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Soccer Football - International Friendly - Saudi Arabia v United States - Estadio Nueva Condomina, Murcia, Spain - September 27, 2022 Sergino Dest of the U.S. in action with Saudi Arabia's Nawaf Al Abid REUTERS/Pablo MoranoMURCIA, Spain, Sept 27 (Reuters) - The United States were held to a 0-0 draw by Saudi Arabia in Murcia, Spain on Tuesday as they again struggled to create chances in their final friendly before the World Cup. A pair of brilliant saves from Matt Turner kept out a low shot in the first minute from Sultan Al Ghannam and a 70th-minute effort by Haitham Asiri. The U.S. will play in Group B with England, Iran and Wales at the tournament which begins on Nov. 20. Saudi Arabia face Group C rivals Argentina, Mexico and Poland in Qatar. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterReporting by Amy Tennery in New York; Editing by Toby Davis and Ken FerrisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Videos posted on social media from inside Iran showed protesters chanting, "Woman, Life, Liberty", while women waved and burnt their veils. Videos on Twitter showed protesters chanting "Death to the dictator" in the city of Tabriz, a reference to Iran's top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In the Kurdish cities of Sanandaj and Sardasht, riot police fired at protesters, videos on Twitter showed. Several university teachers have resigned in protest against Amini's death, according to statements published by them on social media. Amini's death has drawn widespread international condemnation while Iran has blamed "thugs" linked to "foreign enemies" for stirring up unrest.
REUTERS/Denis BalibouseSINGAPORE, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Global oil prices may stay under $100 a barrel for the rest of the year as rate hikes from central banks have tightened credit and reduced investments in risk assets such as commodities, commodities trading major Trafigura said on Tuesday. "The balance of risks and what we know today suggests that it would take quite a few changes in the market for oil to trade well above $100," Rahim said. Oil demand could rebound next year if China lifts COVID-19 restrictions and if the U.S. Federal Reserve pauses or cuts interest rates to support growth, he added. These factors, underpinned by underinvestment in the oil sector and low global oil inventories, could eventually push Brent back above $100 a barrel, Rahim said. The oil market is also watching out for possible supply responses from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries amid lower prices.
REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationNEW YORK, Sept 27 (Reuters Breakingviews) - American presidents often use economic sanctions as a geopolitical lever against countries with whom they are in conflict but have stopped short of a shooting war. Yet while sanctions can inflict severe economic pain, history suggests they lack a decisive political punch. The sanctions against Russia were swift and closely coordinated. Meanwhile, authorities slapped targeted sanctions on hundreds of Russian individuals, defense and transport firms, financial institutions, tech groups and energy companies. Economic restrictions sped up the country’s transition from apartheid to majority rule by the African National Congress.
REUTERS/Ali KharaKABUL, Sept 27 (Reuters) - The Taliban have signed a provisional deal with Russia to supply gasoline, diesel, gas and wheat to Afghanistan, Acting Afghan Commerce and Industry Minister Haji Nooruddin Azizi told Reuters. Azizi said the deal would involve Russia supplying around one million tonnes of gasoline, one million tonnes of diesel, 500,000 tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and two million tonnes of wheat annually. The office of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, who is in charge of oil and gas, also did not immediately respond. He said Afghanistan also received some gas and oil from Iran and Turkmenistan and had strong trade ties with Pakistan, but also wanted to diversify. The European Union will ban Russian crude imports by Dec. 5 and Russian oil products by Feb. 5.
Uruguay beat Canada 2-0 in final match before World Cup
  + stars: | 2022-09-27 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
Sept 27 (Reuters) - Uruguay beat Canada 2-0 in their final friendly before the World Cup with Nicolas de la Cruz and Darwin Nunez scoring first-half goals to give the South American side victory in Bratislava on Tuesday. De la Cruz opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a sublime free kick that curled over the wall and beat the keeper. Liverpool's 75 million euros ($71.86 million) forward Nunez doubled Uruguay's lead just after the half-hour mark when he powered home a header after his strike partner Luis Suarez floated in a cross. Canada are in Group F along with Belgium, Morocco and Croatia while Uruguay face Portugal, Ghana and South Korea in Group H at the World Cup, which kicks off on Nov. 20 in Qatar. ($1 = 1.0437 euros)Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterReporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru Editing by Toby DavisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Elon Musk recently said Starlink has manufactured more than one million user terminals. Musk said on Twitter on Saturday that SpaceX has so far manufactured more than one million Starlink user terminals, which connect to the company's satellites in orbit. SpaceX, the aerospace manufacturer founded by Musk, has an expansive, high-speed satellite internet network in space called Starlink. A photo of SpaceX's Starlink user terminal, or satellite dish, installed on a roof. Starlink uses antennas — "electrically identical" to existing user terminals — which can be mounted on vehicles, vessels, and aircraft.
CNN —“Hostages” tells several major stories in one, from the history of US intervention in the Middle East to the Iranian hostage crisis’ impact on presidential politics to that period’s influence on media, launching “Nightline” as a byproduct. The result is a highly resonant trip down bad-memory lane, highlighting how those ripples remain evident 40-plus years later. “History will say that we made Reagan president of the United States,” says Ebrahim Asgharzadeh, one of the student leaders. “Hostages” airs September 28 and 29 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO, which, like CNN, is a unit of Warner Bros.
Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterBEIRUT, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri will call for a session to elect a new president on Sept. 29, state media reported, despite no political consensus on a candidate and dim chances of a sucessful vote. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterThe votes of two-thirds of lawmakers in the 128-member legislature are required for a candidate to be sucessful in the first round of voting, after which a simple majority suffices. Aoun came to power after a 29-month presidential vacuum in which parliament was unable to agree on electing a president. Aoun is limited to one term, and major political parties have not announced any agreement on his successor. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterReporting by Timour Azhari; Editing by Angus MacSwanOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
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