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A long-simmering factor in Iran protests: climate change – LA Times

An overlooked factor in Iran protests: Many Iranians believe the government’s water and environmental policies are exacerbating the impact of warming temperatures. In the mountains of western Iran, the province of Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari is known for mile-high lagoons, flowing rivers and wetlands that attract thousands of species of migratory birds. But …

Iran’s Ahmadinejad seeks political comeback

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has launched a political campaign ahead of February’s parliamentary elections in what could prove a challenge to the moderates behind a landmark nuclear agreement reached last month. Few expect a rerun of Ahmadinejad’s surprise victory in the 2005 elections, which kicked …

Report: Iran raises gas prices by 40 percent in subsidy cut

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will raise gasoline prices by some 40 percent beginning Tuesday, the country’s official news agency reported, the latest cut to the Islamic Republic’s fuel subsidies that cost it some $32 billion a year. While previous attempts to raise prices have sparked dissent, last year’s increase …

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 28, the 301st day of 2014 with 64 to follow. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Jupiter and Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Saturn Uranus and Venus. Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include Dutch scholar Desiderius …

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Today is Wednesday, June 25, the 176th day of 2014 with 189 to follow. The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars and Saturn. Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include French composer Gustave Charpentier …

Iran’s Zoroastrians celebrate Persian roots

CHAK CHAK, Iran (AP) — Adherents of the Zoroastrian religion from around the world gathered at a mountain shrine in central Iran this week to celebrate their Persian roots, praying in remembrance of a princess who fled the seventh century Arab invasion. At Chak Chak, some 600 kilometers (370 miles) …

UPI Almanac for Friday, June 13, 2014

Today is Friday, June 13, the 164th day of 2014 with 201 to follow. The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranis and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn. Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include U.S. Army Gen. Winfield …