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Rallies against riots

Iranians have taken to the streets across the country to denounce the recent riots in a number of cities. The protests were held following Friday prayers. The demonstrators slammed the desecration of Iranian sanctities as well as acts of vandalism during the riots. The rioters blocked streets and vandalized public property, including police vehicles and ambulances. The riots were triggered by the death of 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini days after she collapsed at a police station. Police have released CCTV footage of the incident. Tehran Police Commander Hossein Rahimi has rejected claims of physical violence against her. Officials say an investigation is underway into her death.

Rejecting foreign meddling

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi says the United Nations should represent all countries, not big powers. Raeisi was speaking with UN chief Antionio Guterres on the sidelines of the General Assembly in New York. The Iranian president called on the world body to play a greater role in the face of unilateralism by some countries. He also said the ongoing crises in certain regional countries must be resolved through national dialog and without foreign interference.

Limiting right to strike

In recent months, Britain has been hit by some of the biggest strike action in more than three decades, from the rail sector to postal services. Now, the finance minister says the government will limit the right to strike to cases where negotiations have failed. Tens of thousands of workers in different sectors have joined strikes across Britain during what is called a summer of discontent. Their main demand is this: a bigger pay increase so that they can cope with high inflation. Food and energy prices, among others, have been on the rise, deepening a cost of living crisis. The UK inflation topped ten percent in July, a rate unseen in 40 years. It’s expected to go higher.

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