Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Critics say proposed new legislation in Iran would mean an end to any form of independent journalism in the Islamic republic while playing into the hands of the country's security organs and hard-line conservative judiciary, who would like to see even tighter state control of the media. (file photo)

Iranian Journalists Alarmed As Media Legislation Resurfaces

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One of Tbilisi's green spaces that has been cleared of trees and other greenery for the sake of development. (file photo)

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Long jumper Dariya Klishina was the only member of the Russian athletics team allowed to compete.

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An X-ray, from Belarus's Scientific and Practical Center of Pediatric Surgery, showing a swallowed coin.

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