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Iran began its fourth mass trial of people accused of fomenting unrest after the disputed June presidential election, state broadcaster IRIB reported.

The official IRNA news agency said earlier those to be put on trial in a Tehran Revolutionary Court included former Deputy Interior Minister Mostafa Tajzadeh, former Deputy Foreign Minister Mohsen Aminzadeh, former government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh, and Iranian-American scholar Kian Tajbakhsh.

The June 12 vote plunged the Islamic state into its most serious internal crisis since the 1979 Islamic revolution and exposed deep divisions in its ruling elite.

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In a 67-page report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) detailed an intensive “sexual cleansing” campaign of murder, torture, kidnapping, beatings, and blackmail carried out against those perceived to be gay in Iraq.

The report, entitled “They Want Us Exterminated: Murder, Torture, Sexual Orientation and Gender in Iraq,” is based on interviews recently conducted by an HRW team in Iraq with more than 50 men who identified as gay, as well as with doctors, journalists, United Nations aid officials, and others.

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Reuters

Baton-wielding Iranian police fired tear gas and arrested protesters mourning the young woman killed in post-election violence who has become a symbol for the opposition to Tehran's hardline leaders.

The clashes erupted after hundreds of supporters of opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi gathered to mourn Neda Agha-Soltan, whose death on June 20 was captured on video and has been seen by hundreds of thousands on the Internet.

 

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Washington Post

Top Iranian leaders called for greater protection for opposition demonstrators arrested during this summer's protests after at least 3 have died in custody.

Reflect concern, even among Iran's ruling elite, that some of those detained are being mistreated by officials and groups operating under the authority of the powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps, which has taken an ever larger role in Iranian affairs since protests over June's disputed presidential election triggered a massive crackdown.

 

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AP

"I think the Iranian government is learning quickly how to control and contain these things," said the executive director of The Tor Project whose free downloadable Tor program allows Internet users to work through a network of relays run by volunteers around the world to access blocked sites and hide what they are doing on the Internet. Active sessions using Tor in Iran have jumped from a few hundred before the election to thousands after, the nonprofit group said.

 

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Reuters

If the Iranian government won't end its nuclear program, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee will push legislation that "would force companies in the energy sector to choose between doing business with Iran, or doing business with the United States," said Rep. Howard Berman, a California Democrat. 

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