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Britain 'saddened' over Iranian woman's execution

Britain has said it is "concerned and saddened" by the execution of an Iranian woman for killing a man she claimed was trying to sexually assault her.

Iranian Reyhaneh Jabbari on trial in Teheran in December 2008. Credit: Goalara Sajadieh/DPA/Press Association Images

Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood said there were "questions around due process" in the case of 26-year-old Reyhaneh Jabbari, who was hanged in a Tehran prison.

He also warned that such actions would not help Iran revive relations with the rest of the world.

Mr Ellwood said: "I am very concerned and saddened that (the death penalty) has been used in the case of Reyhaneh Jabbari where there have been questions around due process. Actions like these do not help Iran build confidence or trust with the international community."

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Protesters march over deaths in police custody

Relatives and friends of people who died while in police custody have marched to Downing Street to demand justice for their loved ones.

Relatives and friends of people who died in police custody march to Downing Street. Credit: Alex Diaz/PA Wire

The United Families and Friends group, which organised the event, said about 300 protesters took part in the annual procession, which started in Trafalgar Square and marched down Whitehall.

Activists carried placards which read "No Justice No Peace" and banners in memory of those such as musician Sean Rigg, who died after being restrained at Brixton police station, south London, in August 2008.

The protest march was organised by the United Families and Friends group. Credit: Alex Diaz/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Deborah Coles, director for the Inquest campaign group, said the procession was an "important but poignant" day for the families.

She added: "Many families feel betrayed by a system that has let them down.The same issues repeat themselves time and again despite the empty platitudes from Government ministers that lessons will be learned."

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Lamont: Labour 'the only chance' for better Scotland

The outgoing chair of the Scottish Labour Party said "it has been an immense privilege to lead" the part during the "momentous time in Scottish politics."

In her resignation letter, Johann Lamont said she believed Labour Party is the "only chance for better Scotland."

Some, including senior members of the party, have questioned my place in this new phase. In order that we can have the real discussion about how we take Scottish Labour forward, I believe it would be best if I took myself out of the equation and stepped down as leader.

– Johann Lamont

"Despite the serious challenges we face, I strongly believe that the Labour Party is not only our best chance of achieving a better, fairer Scotland, it's our only chance," she said.

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