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Iran's highest judicial authority has banned the use of torture, amid criticism from the international community on the way it treats its prisoners.

France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday raised ocncern over the health of jailed Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.

Iran summons German envoy for condemning wrestler's execution

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Iran summons German envoy for condemning wrestler's execution

Germany's ambassador was summoned in Tehran over tweets condemning the execution of a wrestler just days earlier.

Iran executes young <em>wrestler</em> despite global outcry

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Iran executes young wrestler despite global outcry

The sentence against Navid Afkari was carried out on Saturday morning in Adelabad prison in Shiraz.

Iranian <em>wrestler</em> faces execution, prompting international sports defence

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Iranian wrestler faces execution, prompting international sports defence

The case of Navid Afkari has drawn international interest, with world sports organisations jumping to his defence and critics claiming Iran is ...

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Iran airs televised confession of wrestler after Trump tweet

In the segment, Afkari is seen 'confessing' to stabbing a water supply company employee in the southern city of Shiraz amid anti-government protests in 2018.

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President Trump urges Iran to spare life of wrestler

President Donald Trump has asked Iran not to execute 27-year-old wrestler Navid Afkari.

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Amnesty accuses Iran of gruesome torture in protest crackdown

Detainees were flogged, sexually abused, and given electric shocks as part of Iran's deadly crackdown on November's protests, Amnesty has claimed

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WWE denies wrestlers were 'intimidated' for boycotting Saudi tour

An ex-WWE wrestler claims staff were intimidated for refusing to participate in the sports entertainment's tours of Saudi Arabia.

Women WWE wrestlers to take part in Saudi bout

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Women WWE wrestlers to take part in Saudi bout

Women wrestlers will take part in a controversial event in Saudi Arabia for the first time.

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'Sick' media massacre video screened at Trump resort

US President Donald Trump has a long history of attacking critics in the media, having previously made fun of a disabled reporter and labelled ...

Oil meets honey: Mariah to perform in Saudi Arabia

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Oil meets honey: Mariah to perform in Saudi Arabia

Mariah Carey and Sean Paul will take the stage at the King Abdullah Economic City along the Red Sea, north of the coastal city of Jeddah.

WWE slammed after 'racist' Hulk Hogan's Riyadh return

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WWE slammed after 'racist' Hulk Hogan's Riyadh return

Fans and a former WWE Superstar have accused the sports entertainment brand's owners of racism after a 'surprise' appearance by a ...

WWE gets political in Saudi as Iran gets bashed

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WWE gets political in Saudi as Iran gets bashed

Saudis took to social media platform after a wrestler waves an Iranian flag at WWE fight in the kingdom, which many felt lacked in ...

Iranian <em>wrestler</em> banned for throwing match

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Iranian wrestler banned for throwing match

Wrestling's international body has banned an Iranian athlete and his coach after the wrestler deliberately lost a match at a ...

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#YouMustLose: Iranian wrestler loses match to avoid playing Israel

Coaches reportedly told the Iranian wrestler minutes before the end of his match 'to lose' in order to avoid playing Israel in the next round.

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Jordanian wrestler becomes first Arab woman to join WWE

Jordanian TV presenter Shadia Bseiso has become the first Arab woman from the Middle East to sign with World Wrestling Entertainment.

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Morocco tourists make tracks on 007's 'desert express'

The Orient Desert Express, made famous in the 2015 Bond movie "Spectre", trundles tourists between the town of Oujda and the former mining city ...

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Egypt's Sisi will soon become a Taekwondo black belt

Egypt's president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has bizarrely been awarded a black belt in Taekwondo, despite never having set a foot onto the mats.

Egyptian kebab-shop <em>wrestler</em> sparks debate after winning for Bulgaria

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Egyptian kebab-shop wrestler sparks debate after winning for Bulgaria

Rejected by Egypt's wrestling federation, a young grappler and kebab shop worker has made a controversial comeback while representing a ...

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Iran beats US in wrestling cup final

As the US and Iran wrangle over sanctions and missile tests, their athletes grappled in the ring on Friday in wrestling's Freestyle World Cup ...

Iran sporting chief wrestles for US world cup visas

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Iran sporting chief wrestles for US world cup visas

Rasoul Khadem has written to Iran's Minister for Sport, arguing that Iran should 'show its good will' and give the US team visas to attend the ...

Egypt Judo champ now playing the date game

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Egypt Judo champ now playing the date game

Blog: Mohammad Ramadan sells fruit in the street after receiving no government support for his sport or livelihood.

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