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TEHRAN, Iran | Iran arrests ex-minister of welfare over financial fraud

TEHRAN, Iran  — Iran’s official IRNA news agency says authorities have arrested the former minister of welfare and social security for financial fraud. The Sunday report says Parviz Kazemi was taken to Tehran’s Evin prison two days ago. Kazemi resigned from his post in 2006 after nearly a year under former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Iran arrests ex-minister of welfare over financial fraud

MADRID | A year later, Catalonia’s secession vote scars region, Spain

MADRID — Separatists in Spain’s Catalonia region are using the anniversary of their explosive independence vote to regain momentum from an event that divided families and challenged Spanish democracy. The referendum took place amid police violence one year ago Monday. The simmering ideological tensions that came to a head that day persist in the lives … Continue reading MADRID | A year later, Catalonia’s secession vote scars region, Spain