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Factbox-Who is Mohammad Mokhber, Iran’s interim president?

(Reuters) – Here are some key facts about Mohammad Mokhber, 68, Iran’s first vice president who became interim president following the death of Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash. * As interim president, Mokhber is part of a three-person council, along with the speaker of parliament and the head of the judiciary, that will organise …

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Iran’s hardliner President Ebrahim Raisi killed in helicopter crash

By Parisa Hafezi and Yomna Ehab DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, a hardliner seen as a potential successor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was killed in a helicopter crash in mountainous terrain near the Azerbaijan border, officials and state media said on Monday. The charred wreckage of the helicopter which crashed on …

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Reactions to the death of Iran’s president in a helicopter crash

(Reuters) -Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, a hardliner long seen as a potential successor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was killed in a helicopter crash in mountainous terrain near the Azerbaijan border, officials and state media said on Monday. The helicopter was also carrying Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and six other passengers and crew. Here …

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Israel intends to broaden Rafah sweep, Gallant tells Biden adviser Sullivan

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel intends to broaden its military sweep of the southern Gazan city of Rafah, Defence Minister Yoav Gallant told visiting U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on Monday. “We are committed to broadening the ground operation in Rafah to the end of dismantling Hamas and recovering the hostages,” a statement from Gallant’s …

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Greek PM urges EU to tackle high prices ahead of elections

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has urged the European Union to bring down prices as soon as possible, which he labelled a crucial political challenge ahead of European parliamentary elections. Anger at falling living standards is shared by millions of Europeans and is expected to dent support for mainstream parties in the …

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Iran’s Supreme Leader approves Mokhber as interim president, declares 5 days mourning

DUBAI (Reuters) -Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei announced five days of public mourning for President Ebrahim Raisi following his death in a helicopter crash and confirmed First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber as interim head of the country’s executive branch. Iran now has a maximum period of 50 days before a presidential election must be held …

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Russian strikes on Ukraine’s Kharkiv region kill at least 11

By Max Hunder KHARKIV, Ukraine (Reuters) -Russia struck a busy lakeside resort on the edge of Ukraine’s second largest city on Sunday and attacked villages in the surrounding region, killing at least 11 people and wounding scores. The missile strikes were the latest in what have been constant Russian attacks in recent weeks on the …

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Helicopter carrying Iran’s President Raisi crashes, search under way

By Parisa Hafezi and Elwely Elwelly DUBAI (Reuters) -A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister crashed on Sunday as it was crossing mountain terrain in heavy fog, an Iranian official told Reuters, and rescuers were struggling to reach the site of the incident. The official said the lives of Raisi and …

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Ukrainian shells injure 13 in Russia’s southern Belgorod region, governor says

(Reuters) – The Ukrainian military shelled areas of Russia’s southern Belgorod region on Sunday, injuring at least 13 people and damaging dwellings, Regional Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said. Gladkov, writing on the Telegram messaging app, said multiple-launch rockets hit the town of Shebekino, injuring 11 people, including three children. Seven apartment buildings sustained damage. On the …

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