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Man shot trying to enter Iran presidency: reports

TEHRAN: Iranian security forces shot and wounded a man who tried to enter the president's office in central Tehran by force on Monday, local media reported. "An individual wearing a shroud tried to push through the doors of the president's office and was warned by security guards," Tehran's deputy governor for security Mohsen Nasj-Hamedani told the Fars and Tasnim news agencies. "The person was prevented from going further and was wounded by police gunshots," Nasj-Hamedani said, adding that authorities were trying to…

US-backed fighters enter IS-held airport in Syria: spokesman

DAMASCUS: Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance on Sunday entered a military airport held by the Islamic State militant group in northern Syria, a spokesman said. The advance on Tabqa airbase comes as the alliance prepares an attack on IS's de facto Syrian capital Raqa, seeking to effectively surround the city before launching its assault. SDF forces are also battling for the nearby Tabqa dam, held by IS, which was forced out of service on Sunday after its power station was…

Elderly woman ‘dies’ after Trump’s order stops her from entering US

WASHINGTON: A former American serviceman who served in Iraq, where he was born, says his elderly mother died a day after being turned away from the U.S. as a result of President Donald Trump’s executive order abruptly banning entry to travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Mike Hager, the woman’s son, said his sick mother was turned away from boarding a US-bound flight from Iraq, despite showing her green card, after the family decided to return from a visit when the 75-year-old fell ill. One day later,…