All posts by Zainab Sheikh

TEHRAN, Iran | Report: Iran prisoner who died in hospital was a terrorist

TEHRAN, Iran  — Iranian semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting that a detained activist who died last week was a member of terrorist group planning attacks. The Sunday report quotes an unnamed official as saying Vahid Sayyadi Nasiri died in a hospital a week after he was transferred there from a prison in Qom, some … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Report: Iran prisoner who died in hospital was a terrorist

SANAA, Yemen | Fighting around Yemen’s Hodeida leaves 12 dead, 25 wounded

SANAA, Yemen— Fighting has erupted between Shiite rebels and forces loyal to Yemen’s internationally recognized government near the strategic Red Sea port of Hodeida, leaving at least 12 people dead and 25 others wounded from both sides, officials said on Sunday, just two days ahead of the implementation of a cease-fire agreed in talks in … Continue reading SANAA, Yemen | Fighting around Yemen’s Hodeida leaves 12 dead, 25 wounded

PARIS | French city remembers victims of Christmas market attack

PARIS— Residents of Strasbourg filled a square in the French city Sunday to show respect and sympathy for the four people killed and the dozen wounded during a shooting attack near a famous Christmas market. According to local newspaper DNA, more than 1,000 people attended the memorial, which ended with a minute of applause and … Continue reading PARIS | French city remembers victims of Christmas market attack

BEIRUT | Bomb kills 8 in Syrian town held by Turkey-backed forces

BEIRUT — A bomb blast in a northwestern Syrian town held by Turkish-backed opposition forces killed at least eight people Sunday, activists said, the latest in a series of attacks along the border where Turkey has troops. The spike in attacks follows Turkish threats to expand its offensive against U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces, moving from … Continue reading BEIRUT | Bomb kills 8 in Syrian town held by Turkey-backed forces

TEHRAN, Iran | Iranian general fatally shoots himself by accident

TEHRAN, Iran— A Revolutionary Guard general who fought in Syria and Iraq has accidentally killed himself while cleaning a gun. A Sunday report on the Guard’s website said Gen. Ghodratollah Mansouri earlier today accidentally shot himself in the head while cleaning his pistol. The report said Mansouri was veteran of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war and … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Iranian general fatally shoots himself by accident

VELISTSIKHE, Georgia | Georgia’s 1st woman president is inaugurated amid protests

VELISTSIKHE, Georgia— The first woman president of Georgia has been sworn into office amid continued protests from opposition figures who allege her election was tainted. President Salome Zurabishvili said during her inauguration speech on Sunday that she would work “to promote our country’s integration process into NATO and the EU.” Opposition activists clashed with police … Continue reading VELISTSIKHE, Georgia | Georgia’s 1st woman president is inaugurated amid protests

LOS ANGELES | Higher percentage of California pot passing safety tests

LOS ANGELES — A higher percentage of California marijuana products are passing strict safety tests, but the sudden closing of a lab that state authorities found wasn’t correctly checking for pesticides has raised new questions about the system intended to protect the purity and potency of legal cannabis. California broadly legalized marijuana at the start … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Higher percentage of California pot passing safety tests

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | Tens of thousands rally in Gaza to mark Hamas anniversary

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Tens of thousands of Palestinians have gathered in Gaza City for a rally marking the 31st anniversary of the militant Hamas group’s establishment. Hamas fighters in military fatigues paraded with rockets and heavy machineguns during Sunday’s rally. The Islamist group said the large turnout reflects widespread support despite domestic and … Continue reading GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | Tens of thousands rally in Gaza to mark Hamas anniversary