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Venezuela police facing murder probe: attorney general

Venezuela's attorney general admitted Sunday that demonstrators have been abused during weeks of protests that have rocked the country and 60 complaints, including murder allegations against police, are being probed. "Yes, there has been police excess, we are not going to deny that... we are investigating," Luisa Ortega Diaz told local television station Televen. Among the 60 possible cases, "there are three police officers from Chacao who are accused of having allegedly committed murder," she said.

Iran's official hopes opposition chiefs to be freed

The head of the Iranian judiciary's High Council of Human Rights said Tuesday he hoped that two reformist opposition leaders will be freed from more than three years of house arrest, media reported. Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, both candidates in the disputed 2009 presidential election won by incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been held incommunicado since February 2011. They were accused of orchestrating massive street protests against the election, widely suspected of being fraudulent.

Iran's judiciary calls on opposition leaders to 'repent'

Iran's prosecutor general said Tuesday that opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi will remain under house arrest over anti-government protests until they "repent", Fars news agency reported. Mousavi and Karroubi have been held incommunicado under separate house arrests since February 2011, accused of orchestrating massive, unprecedented street protests sparked by a disputed presidential election in 2009. Prosecutor general Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie said they had committed a "great crime and treason".

Iran's judiciary says opposition leaders must 'repent'

Iran's prosecutor general said Tuesday that opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi will remain under house arrest over anti-government protests until they "repent," Fars news agency reported. Mousavi and Karroubi have been held incommunicado under separate house arrests since February 2011, accused of orchestrating massive, unprecedented street protests sparked by a disputed presidential election in 2009. Prosecutor general Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie said they had committed a "great crime and treason."

Iran eases restrictions on detained dissident: family

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian authorities have eased restrictions on detained opposition cleric Mehdi Karroubi, who helped lead big anti-government protests in 2009 and was put under house arrest two years later, his son said on Sunday. Karroubi, a defeated candidate in disputed presidential elections in 2009, was moved from detention at a location in Tehran to his home in the capital's northern Jamaran area, his son, Mohammad Hussein Karroubi, said on his Facebook page.

Daughter of Iran opposition leader accuses guard of biting her

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian women guards struck the two daughters of reformist opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi and bit one of them after they visited their father under house arrest, one of the daughters said on Facebook late on Thursday. Mousavi, in his 70s and in poor health, has been held under house arrest since early 2011 when he called for marches in solidarity with "Arab Spring" pro-democracy protests.

Insight: Ahead of vote, 'kidnapped' Iran reformists imprisoned at home

By Yeganeh Torbati DUBAI (Reuters) - Four years after Iranians took to the streets to demonstrate against the results of a presidential election, the authorities are taking no chances this time, keeping opposition leaders confined under house arrest with doors and windows welded shut. When Iran elects a new president on Friday, authorities are determined to prevent a repeat of the street unrest that posed the biggest challenge to the Islamic Republic's ruling system since its birth in the 1979 revolution.

Iran reformers seek comeback in presidential vote

Iranian reformists are making a tentative return to mainstream politics with two candidates in Friday's presidential election, despite the opposition being a shadow of the movement that briefly rocked the establishment in 2009. Protests by the so-called Green Movement four years ago, over the controversial re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, were harshly suppressed and its leaders condemned to house arrest where they still languish.

Iranian presidential candidate's staff arrested: report

By Yeganeh Torbati DUBAI (Reuters) - Members of a moderate Iranian presidential candidate's campaign team were arrested on Saturday, an opposition website said, after a rally in which he criticized heightened security measures in the country. Supporters of Hassan Rohani also shouted slogans in support of detained opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi at the rally in Tehran, according to a video of the event posted on YouTube.

Iran presidential election TV debate fails to inspire

Candidates in Iran's June 14 presidential election all agree that rampant inflation is the most pressing problem, but commentators Saturday bemoaned that in a first television debate none proposed real solutions. Press commentators accepted the complaints of several candidates that the Friday debate's format, which gave little scope for real discussion of issues, had not helped them present their policies.
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