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Iran Morality Police Status Unclear After ‘Closure’ Comment

By Jack Jeffery | Associated Press (free)

An Iranian lawmaker said Sunday that Iran’s government is “paying attention to the people’s real demands,” state media reported, a day after a top official suggested that the country’s morality police whose conduct helped trigger months of protests has been shut down.

More from WPR: The U.S. and Europe Are Misreading the Protests in Iran

UAE Leader Makes Surprise Visit to Qatar Following Boycott

By Jon Gambrell | Associated Press (free)

The leader of the United Arab Emirates made a surprise visit Monday to Qatar as it is hosting the World Cup—his first since leading a yearslong four-nation boycott of Doha over a political dispute that poisoned regional relations.

More from WPR: Qatar Has Officially Come Back in From the Cold

Two Killed, Seven Wounded in Rare Syria Anti-Government Protest

By Kareem Chehayeb | Associated Press (free)

Protests in Syria’s Druze-majority Sweida province turned violent Sunday leading to the deaths of a protester and a police officer, and wounding seven others.

State News: Iran Executed Four People It Says Spied for Israel

Associated Press (free)

Iranian authorities executed four people Sunday accused of working for Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, the state-run IRNA news agency said. Three others received lengthy prison sentences.

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