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Protests Rock Iran, Putin Drafts Reservists: Weekend Reads

Iranian demonstrators in the capital, Tehran, protest the death of a young woman in police custody.

Iranian demonstrators in the capital, Tehran, protest the death of a young woman in police custody.

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Protests erupted across Iran after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who fell into a coma following her arrest for allegedly flouting Islamic dress codes, signaling the biggest popular challenge to religious rules imposed on women since the 1979 revolution.

President Vladimir Putin’s mobilization of tens of thousands of men into the military to fight in his war in Ukraine sparked demonstrations as Russians were forced to confront the deadly reality of the seven-month-old conflict.