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INTERNATIONAL

Mahsa Amini: Protests Over Woman’s Death Claim More Lives In Iran

Nine people are now reported to have been killed at protests in Iran sparked by the death of a woman detained for allegedly breaking strict hijab rules.

Among those reported killed is a 16-year-old boy, shot dead when security forces opened fire on protesters.

The unrest has spread to more than 20 major cities, including the Capital Tehran.

Videos posted online from Wednesday’s unrest showed women waving their headscarves in the air or burning them.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi rejected calls from western powers to respect women's rights.

He accused western powers of "double standards", citing the discovery of unmarked graves of indigenous children in Canada and the treatment of the Palestinian people.