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Iran hangs woman despite international campaign

An Iranian woman convicted of killing a man she said tried to rape her has been executed, despite international campaign urging a retrial.

Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed for killing a man she said tried to rape her. Credit: Goalara Sajadieh/DPA/Press Association Images

Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was arrested in 2007 for the murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence.

She was sentenced to death in 2008 after what Amnesty International called a "deeply flawed investigation and trial".

Miss Jabbari admitted to stabbing the man, but said she acted in self defence after he tried to sexually abuse her.

"Her claims do not appear to have ever been properly investigated," Amnesty International said.

Reyhaneh Jabbari’s execution has been deferred a number of times, including last month.


Vigil held for students of Marysville shooting

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A vigil has been held in Marysville hours after a student went on a shooting rampage, killing a female classmate and injuring four others.

More than 100 people gathered at The Grove Church in Washington for a prayer service.

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring said."It's times like this we re-evaluate our priorities."

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Freshmen football player Jaylen Fryberg, 15, opened fire in the cafeteria of Marysville Pilchuck High School.

His victim is yet to be named but two of the four he wounded are thought to be his cousins.

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A spokesman for Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where the boys are being treated, said 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg was shot in the head.

While Nate Hatch, 14, was shot in the jaw. Both are in intensive care.

Egypt declares three-month state of emergency in Sinai

The attacks in Sinai are the worst loss of life the Egyptian Army has seen in decades. Credit: PA

Egypt has declared a three-month state of emergency in Sinai after two suspected terror attacks killed 33 soldiers.

There has been no claim for the attacks, which are some of the worst anti-state violence since Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year.

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has declared three days of mourning.

State TV reports said Egypt's Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip was also closed.

It is a setback for the government which had managed over the past few months to make some progress in the struggle against an IS insurgency.


Blair denies saying Miliband can't lead Labour to victory

Tony Blair has denied the claims. Credit: PA

Tony Blair has denied saying Ed Miliband cannot lead Labour to victory at the General Election because he has "failed to connect with voters".

The Daily Telegraph claimed the former prime minister had told friends privately of his concerns.

The paper quoted a source as saying :"The Conservatives will be the next government because Labour has failed to make a good case for itself. That is what Tony thinks."

But Blair's office were quick to dismiss the alleged quotes and tweeted that the story "does not represent my view".

It added: "Ed Miliband and the Labour Party can and will win the next election."

US school shooting: Four students still in hospital

Police guard the entrance to the Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington where the shooting happened. Credit: Reuters

Four students shot after "Homecoming Prince" Jaylen Ray Fryberg opened fire in a US school killing a classmate before turning the gun on himself remain in hospital.

The surviving victims are said to be two males and two females all under the age of 18.

Officials said two are being looked after in hospital while the other two are cared for at a medical centre, but did not give any further details.

The type of gun Fryberg used in the attack was not revealed but police confirmed it was legally registered.

US school shootings: 'The community is heartsick'

The community in Marysville, where a student is believed to have shot dead a classmate before turning the gun on himself, is "heartsick", according to the school's superintendent.

Dr Becky Berg said the Marysville-Pilchuck High School wanted to extend its thoughts and prayers to everyone affected and that the investigation into exactly what happened was still ongoing.

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