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Researcher executed by May 21

According to an Iranian news agency, the Iranian-Swedish academic Ahmadreza Djalali, sentenced to death in 2020, will be executed no later than May 21. A researcher in emergency medicine, he was arrested during a visit to Iran in 2016 and accused of having transmitted to the Mossad – Israeli intelligence services – information on two officials of the Iranian nuclear program, assassinated between 2010 and 2012. He assures him that he was convicted for his refusal to spy on behalf of Iran.



Sandstorm leaves one dead and thousands sick

One person died and more than 5,000 others went to hospital on Thursday, May 5, due to respiratory problems caused by a sandstorm, the seventh to hit the country in a month. The health authorities of the provinces of Al-Anbar and Kirkuk (north) have called on the inhabitants “not to leave their home”. Iraq is one of the five countries in the world most vulnerable to climate change and desertification.



“Catalangate”: the secret services admit wiretapping

Questioned for nearly four hours by the parliamentary committee on “official secrets”, meeting behind closed doors in Madrid, the boss of the Spanish secret services admitted that 18 Catalan separatists had been spied on by her agents, but always with the green light of justice, she specified. Paz Esteban is the first woman to head the National Intelligence Center (CNI). This scandal threatens the stability of the government of Pedro Sanchez. In an attempt to calm things down, the Socialist head of government promised last week to shed light on this affair.


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