A top CIA chief who orchestrated the assassination of an Iranian general was killed when a US military plane crashed in Taliban territory in Afghanistan

A top CIA chief who orchestrated the assassination of an Iranian general was killed when a US military plane crashed in Taliban territory in Afghanistan, Tehran has claimed. The US has not yet commented on reports that Michael D’Andrea, who was involved in the hunt for Osama bin Laden and is nicknamed the “Dark Prince”, was on board the jet and among those killed. The plan is not expected to hold out any immediate prospect of a Palestinian state. It envisages the Palestinian Authority forgoing any right to military power and recognising Israel as a Jewish state. It is not … Continue reading A top CIA chief who orchestrated the assassination of an Iranian general was killed when a US military plane crashed in Taliban territory in Afghanistan

Anti-government protests in Iran have entered a third day today after Tehran finally abandoned its pretence and admitted shooting down a passenger jet

Anti-government protests in Iran have entered a third day today after Tehran finally abandoned its pretence and admitted shooting down a passenger jet.  Dozens of protesters gathered and chanted slogans at a Tehran university today amid a wave of public anger after the plane was shot down with dozens of Iranians on board.   The UK Government will tell Iran’s ambassador in London it has “strong objections” to the arrest of the UK’s top diplomat in Tehran. The prime minister’s spokesman said: In relation to the arrest of the UK’s ambassador over the weekend, I would say this was an unacceptable … Continue reading Anti-government protests in Iran have entered a third day today after Tehran finally abandoned its pretence and admitted shooting down a passenger jet

The heartbroken mother of a teenager who was drugged and raped on holiday has issued a serious warning to young people to be wary of dangerous predators

The heartbroken mother of a teenager who was drugged and raped on holiday has issued a serious warning to young people to be wary of dangerous predators.  Julie Crowe, 18, was on holiday in Zante, Greece, with her friends last summer when she was targeted. Already Mahdieh Ghassemi, 38, from Toronto, had received a text message from Nitin Malhotra, her worried boss back home. “Have a safe flight,” he said. Mr Malhotra, who runs an architectural practice, told Canadian television that he had tried to persuade his colleague not to go to Iran. Her husband, Hamid Niazi, had stayed in … Continue reading The heartbroken mother of a teenager who was drugged and raped on holiday has issued a serious warning to young people to be wary of dangerous predators

Iran’s Supreme Leader has bragged of giving America a ‘slap in the face’ after 22 ballistic missiles were fired at two bases in Iraq

Iran’s Supreme Leader has bragged of giving America a ‘slap in the face’ after 22 ballistic missiles were fired at two bases in Iraq – but said military actions were ‘not enough’ and vowed to kick US forces out of the region altogether. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke on Iranian TV shortly after strikes hit Ain al-Asad airbase in western Iraq and Erbil International Airport in the north early Wednesday local time in revenge for the death of Qassem Soleimani. Victims of the crash included 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three Britons, according … Continue reading Iran’s Supreme Leader has bragged of giving America a ‘slap in the face’ after 22 ballistic missiles were fired at two bases in Iraq

Campuses across India erupted in protest yesterday after a nationalist mob wielding iron rods stormed one of the country’s most prestigious universities

Campuses across India erupted in protest yesterday after a nationalist mob wielding iron rods stormed one of the country’s most prestigious universities, beating students and teachers and injuring dozens. Terrified students barricaded themselves in rooms or leapt from balconies to escape as dozens of masked men rampaged through Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi for several hours targeting Muslims. Among the victims was a blind man who was mercilessly beaten. With a sea of mourners rushing to see Soleimani’s coffin, state TV said a stampede had broken out which left 35 people dead and 48 injured. Footage which circulated online … Continue reading Campuses across India erupted in protest yesterday after a nationalist mob wielding iron rods stormed one of the country’s most prestigious universities

Carlos Ghosn has been pictured celebrating New Year’s Eve with his wife and friends in Lebanon

Carlos Ghosn has been pictured celebrating New Year’s Eve with his wife and friends in Lebanon after escaping nine months of house arrest in Japan. The 65-year-old former Nissan CEO can be seen sitting next to wife Carole in a plush dining room in front of a table strewn with empty plates, glasses, a half-full bottle of wine and decorated with lit candlesticks on Tuesday. In Victoria – where there are grave fears for 28 people still missing in the East Gippsland region – authorities have sent 250,000 text messages to people in affected shires and urged them to evacuate. … Continue reading Carlos Ghosn has been pictured celebrating New Year’s Eve with his wife and friends in Lebanon