U.S.-Iran showdown moves to UN General Assembly
06 October 2019 | 12:55 pm
U.S.-Iran tensions are likely to overshadow this week's gathering of world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York. Bloomberg's Annmarie Hordern sets the stage for this year's event on "Bloomberg Surveillance."
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For decades, Iranian Kurdish opposition groups have sought refuge in neighbouring Iraq. But in recent weeks, they have been targeted by dozens of missile and drone attacks launched by Tehran. Authorities there accuse them of supporting anti-government protests that have swept across Iran since the death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.
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Shops closed in several Iranian cities after activists called for a general strike. Meanwhile, Iranian authorities said that protesters' sentences will be "carried out swiftly."
There is uncertainty over reports suggesting the notorious vice squad has been shut down. In any case, authorities have other powerful means of monitoring behavior and issuing punishment.
Hundreds of people in New York have taken part in protest organised by French photographer and street artist JR against the Iranian regime.
Jina Mahsa Amini's death in Iran sparked the country's biggest wave of protests in decades. Her family talks to DW and Der Spiegel about her life, her dreams and her death.
As Donald Trump eyes a return to the White House, a jury has found the Trump Organization guilty of 17 counts of tax fraud. The company paid less in tax by compensating executives with "off the books" perks such as luxury apartments. In addition to a fine, the Trump Organization will find it harder to get access to financing.
A three-day general strike is taking place in Iran this week. It's a show of defiance, as the anti-regime protest movement approaches its three-month mark with no sign of abating. On Monday, the strike was observed in dozens of Iranian cities, from the capital Tehran to Isfahan, Tabriz and the Kurdish regions.
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