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Iran regime forces confront teachers’ protest with tear gas and arrests

A gathering of Iran’s teachers in Isfahan Thursday was met with harsh contact with regime forces who threatened the protestors and sprayed tear gas, forcing them to disperse, according to multiple accounts. The protest was held outside the Department of Education building where current and retired teachers, mostly female, gathered. The teachers chanted, “We shout. We shout at all of this injustice,” a slogan which neatly rhymes in Farsi. Multiple videos of the event were posted on social media by protesters and bystanders. Two or three of the protesters were arrested, according to a teacher who posted her video online. Another account said regime forces reportedly grabbed the women’s clothing and their handbags in order to stop them and to demand identification. Many who witnessed the gathering said it a rather peaceful demonstration. Iran’s protesters are

Middle East

Israel and Chad revive diplomatic relations, call for closer security ties

N’DJAMENA (Reuters) – Israel confirmed a diplomatic rapprochement with Muslim-majority Chad on Sunday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a visit to the Chadian capital to stress their mutual interest in confronting Islamist insurgencies. Seeking to rebuild ties with Africa damaged by the occupation of Palestinian territories in the 1967 Middle East war, Israel said […]

Human Rights

Young survivors of Yemen school bus air strike return to class

SAADA, Yemen (Reuters) - In a small school in Yemen's Saada province, the absence of dozens of their classmates killed in an air strike on a bus weighed heavily on the young survivors as they returned to classes. Ahmad Ali Hanash, 14, struggled to hold back tears as he recalled the friends he lost in the attack by a Saudi-led military alliance on a market in Saada in northern Yemen in August. "Their blood will not be in vain, we will avenge them by getting an education, we will avenge them by learning," Hanash, who was on the bus, told Reuters. "I thank God for surviving the attack, the ugly crime." As the survivors resumed their lives, joining morning exercise drills in the sand yard of the two-storey Al Falah primary school, or attending classes in wheelchairs alongside peers seated at wooden desks, other students said they feared more attacks