London protesters call for regime change in Iran

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Crowds gather outside the Iranian Embassy in London to show “solidarity” with the wave of protests seen across Iran. (AN Photo)
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Crowds gather outside the Iranian Embassy in London to show “solidarity” with the wave of protests seen across Iran. (AN Photo)
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Crowds gather outside the Iranian Embassy in London to show “solidarity” with the wave of protests seen across Iran. (AN Photo)
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Crowds gather outside the Iranian Embassy in London to show “solidarity” with the wave of protests seen across Iran. (AN Photo)
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Crowds gather outside the Iranian Embassy in London to show “solidarity” with the wave of protests seen across Iran. (AN Photo)
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Crowds gather outside the Iranian Embassy in London to show “solidarity” with the wave of protests seen across Iran. (AN Photo)
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Crowds gather outside the Iranian Embassy in London to show “solidarity” with the wave of protests seen across Iran. (AN Photo)
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Crowds gather outside the Iranian Embassy in London to show “solidarity” with the wave of protests seen across Iran. (AN Photo)
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Crowds gather outside the Iranian Embassy in London to show “solidarity” with the wave of protests seen across Iran. (AN Photo)
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Crowds gather outside the Iranian Embassy in London to show “solidarity” with the wave of protests seen across Iran. (AN Photo)
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London protesters call for regime change in Iran

LONDON: Protesters gathered outside the Iranian Embassy in London on Sunday shouting slogans against the regime, in support of recent anti-government protests in Iran.
The protest was staged as Iranian lawmakers held a closed-door session on Sunday about the week of demonstrations across the country.
According to protest organizers, the crowd numbered between 100 and 200 people.
London Metropolitan Police kept protesters away from the embassy building itself, containing them within a fenced off zone across the road in Kensington, west London.

Many of the protesters were seen holding pictures of the Shah of Iran who was overthrown in 1979.
Other protesters waved posters of Prince Reza Pahlavi, the last heir apparent to the defunct monarchy of Iran.
“There is one message from Iranian people: Regime change. (Iranian people) are sick and tired with the repression of the Islamic state of Iran,” Shahriar Bahrami, the protest’s organizer, told Arab News.
Police moved in to quell a minor scuffle between supporters of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran and supporters of the Shah.
Bahrami said the two sides want the same thing and must “work together” to see regime change take place.
Protesters in the crowd were vociferous in condemning the Iranian regime: “The people of Iran are fed up with the economic situation, with the corruption, with the mismanagement of the public funds, with the government thugs, with the regime spending billions interfering in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere, and at the same time the people of Iran are hungry; children have no food, no shoes to wear,” protester Reza Pardisan told Arab News.
The Iranian Embassy in London was not immediately available for comment.


North Korea faces lowest crop harvest in 5 years, widespread food shortages -UN

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North Korea faces lowest crop harvest in 5 years, widespread food shortages -UN

  • South Korea has pledged to provide 50,000 tons of rice aid to its northern neighbor through the UN World Food Programme
  • Sporadic famines are common in North Korea, although a severe nationwide famine in the 1990s killed as many as a million people

SEOUL: North Korea’s crop production this year is expected to drop to its lowest level in five years, bringing serious shortages for 40 percent of the population, as a dry spell and poor irrigation hit an economy already reeling from sanctions over its weapons programs, the United Nations said on Thursday.
In its latest quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said the poor harvest of the country’s main crops, rice and maize, means 10.1 million people are in urgent need of assistance.
“Below-average rains and low irrigation availability between mid-April and mid-July, a critical period for crop development, mainly affected the main season rice and maize crops,” the FAO said. The report, which covers cereal supply and demand around the world and identifies countries that need external food aid, didn’t disclose detailed estimates of production by volume.
North Korea has long struggled with food shortages and a dysfunctional state rationing system, and state media has in recent months warned of drought and other “persisting abnormal phenomena.”
The crops shortfall comes as the country bids to contain the spread of African swine fever in its pig herd, following confirmation of a first case in May.
The disease, fatal to pigs though not harmful to humans, has spread into Asia — including South Korea — since first being detected in China last year, resulting in large-scale culls and reduced production of pork, a staple meat across the region including in North Korea.
The FAO report followed earlier UN assessments this year that the isolated country’s food production last year fell to its lowest level in more than a decade amid a prolonged heatwave, typhoon and floods.
South Korea has pledged to provide 50,000 tons of rice aid to its northern neighbor through the UN World Food Programme (WFP). But its delivery has been delayed by Pyongyang’s lukewarm response amid stalled inter-Korean dialogue and denuclearization talks with the United States, Seoul officials said.
In July, the North’s official KCNA news agency said a campaign to mitigate the effects of drought was under way by digging canals and wells, installing pumps, and using people and vehicles to transport water.
But North Korea has told the United Nations to cut the number of its staff it deploys in the country for aid programs. citing the “politicization of UN assistance by hostile forces.”
Sporadic famines are common in North Korea, but observers said a severe nationwide famine in the 1990s killed as many as a million people.