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Iranian journalist stabbed near his home in London

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Iranian journalist Pouria Zeraati
Pouria Zeraati is a journalist and TV presenter at London-based broadcaster Iran International.

Iran International presenter Pouria Zeraati, 36, was attacked by a group outside his home in Wimbledon, south London, on Friday night.

On March 30th he updated his social media with a picture from his hospital bed as he recovers in London. UK.

Counter-terrorism officers are leading the investigation; while the Iranian regime has denied any involvement.

London-based Iran International, a channel broadcasting in Persian since 2017, has been under “threat, heavy threats” for 18 months, according to its spokesman, Adam Baillie.

During an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Braillie said the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has been targeting journalists and their families.

“The IRGC “get in touch through proxies, they don’t leave a paper trail”, he said.

“No one’s going to call up from the IRGC and go ‘hey, it’s us’, but families have been taken in for questioning and threatened,” Mr Baillie added.

The broadcaster spokesperson also said that Mr. Zeraati had received death threats before and that the threats against Iran International’s staff had “escalated dramatically” over time.

Since 2022, several plots to either kidnap or kill British or UK-based individuals perceived as enemies of the Iranian regime have been disrupted by police, it is understood.

The Metropolitan Police said the motivation for the attack on Friday was not yet clear, but Mr Zeraati’s occupation and recent threats towards UK-based Iranian journalists meant the investigation was being led by specialist counter-terrorism officers in the country.

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Everything You Need to Know About Tickets and Venues for Paris 2024

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Photos des podiums des JO Paris 2024 SUR le Parvis des droits de l’Homme Place du Trocadéro à Paris le 23 mai 2024, avec les mascottes et les athlètes paralympiques Mandy François, Solene Sache, Charles Antoine Kouakou.
The 2024 Olympic Games will take place from July 26 to August 11, 2024 | Photo: Isa Harsin

It is summer in Europe, and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games are just around the corner. Although 10 million tickets have gone on sale for this historic event, it’s still possible to grab a ticket for as little as 24 euros a few days before the opening ceremony.

Of course, a much wider range of prices is on offer for all the competitions. The price of a ticket varies according to the category chosen, the sport, and the session. There are also tickets for the opening ceremony on July 26th, with up to 3,000 artists and 400 dancers expected to participate. Tickets for this event start at 500 euros for a seat in Area D. However, if you want a front-row seat, it will set you back an eye-watering 2,700 euros for the prime position.

For the sports competitions, ticket prices vary considerably. For example, a ticket for the Men’s Group Stage – Paraguay vs. Israel, taking place on Saturday, July 27th at the Parc des Princes from 19:00 to 21:00, costs 24 euros. On the same day, a ticket to see a male volleyball preliminary round between Poland and Egypt at South Paris Arena 1 will cost you 60 euros.

Where Are the Paris 2024 Venues?

Although Paris, the host city, will have 12 venues, some sports will take place across the country. This is something you will have to seriously factor in when planning accommodations and ticket purchases for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The equestrian and modern pentathlon events, for example, will be held in the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. The national velodrome in Montigny-le-Bretonneux will host track cycling and BMX events. And the football tournament will be held at six stadiums in other regions of France: Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon, Saint-Etienne, Nice, and Marseille.

Number of Paris 2024 Tickets Sold Per Person

The number of tickets per person is limited. Depending on the selected event, the limit is 4, 6, or 20 tickets maximum. The total number of tickets per account is limited to 30 for all Olympic sales phases combined.

How to Buy Tickets for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games will take place from July 26 to August 11, 2024, in France. The Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will take place between August 28 and September 8, 2024. Only one official website ensures the sale of tickets for the sports events and hospitality packages. For more information, visit the official site at tickets.paris2024.org.

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Joe Biden Withdraws from 2024 Election Race

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Biden thanked Vice President Kamala Harris (pictured left) for "being an extraordinary partner"

It took some convincing, but US President Joe Biden has finally announced that he will end his candidacy for re-election. In a letter posted on X (formerly Twitter), Biden said, “It is in the best interest of my party and the country.”

Just on Friday, a defiant 81-year-old President Joe Biden vowed to continue his campaign for re-election even as more fellow Democrats in Congress urged him to end his floundering campaign, fearing that it could cost the party dearly in the November 5 election.

A few weeks ago, in an op-ed for The New York Times, Oscar-winning actor George Clooney also joined the voices suggesting Joe Biden should step down, stating that the Democrats “need a new nominee.” On Monday, July 8, bestselling horror author Stephen King, 76, tweeted that while “Joe Biden has been a fine president,” it’s time for him, “in the interests of the America he so clearly loves – to announce he will not run for re-election.” Among other Hollywood stars suggesting Biden drop out of the race, actress Susan Sarandon also told Variety Magazine that the current US president should withdraw from the race.

Now he has. His letter says: “It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as your President. And while it has been my intention to seek re-election, I believe it is in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down and to focus solely on fulfilling my duties as President for the remainder of my term.”

Joe Biden said he will address the American nation later this week in more detail about his decision and thanked Vice President Kamala Harris for “being an extraordinary partner” but did not endorse her to be his replacement as the Democratic Party presidential nominee in his letter.

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UK Police Launch Portal for Leeds Disorder Footage

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UK Police Launch Portal for Leeds Disorder Footage
The chaos began when local officers responded to a call at around 5 PM BST on July 18th in Harehills, Leeds.

Leeds, the city that gave us Spice Girl Melanie Brown and Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis, has been trending nationwide this week, and not for good reasons. Protests in the city have entered their third day, with Friday seeing hundreds of people on the streets of Harehills, UK, demanding that the children who were taken by police be returned.

The chaos began when local officers responded to a call at around 5 PM BST on July 18th in Harehills, an area with high rates of crime, anti-social behaviour, and unemployment. After social workers faced hostility during a child protection case, the police were called to help, and the situation worsened. Adults and teenagers attacked a police car with objects and stones, eventually overturning it on the street. On Thursday, members of the public were filmed setting fire to a double-decker bus, which was reduced to ashes.

Although Friday started relatively peacefully, with hundreds of people demonstrating and chanting “please bring the kids back,” disturbances soon marked the second day of protests in Leeds. Just before midnight, crowds took to the streets, with people live streaming on TikTok.

West Yorkshire Police has issued an statement saying that arrest have been made in Leeds in connection with the incident.  

“We have made a number of arrests in connection with the breakout of disorder in Harehills last night, with five people taken into custody. Officers from the Major Enquiry Team continue at a significant pace to investigate the circumstances surrounding the disorder, and we have teams deployed to arrest those who have been identified. We are using all the investigative tools available to us in order to identify those involved. These include traditional witness appeals as well as new and innovative ways of identifying those responsible. We’re making arrests and will continue to do so over the next few days. People will see an increased police presence in the area over the coming days as you would expect. We are grateful to the many members of the public who have already provided key information, and I would urge anyone who has information about those involved in the disorder to contact our officers,” says Assistant Chief Constable Pat Twiggs.

This is not the first time violence and ill-feeling towards police have spilled into street violence in Leeds. In 2001, hundreds of men rampaged in Harehills following the wrongful arrest of an Asian man, Hossein Miah, resulting in over 20 cars being torched, 23 officers and a journalist being hurt, and a shop being burnt down, with damage estimated at £500,000. Five men were later given jail sentences.

In 2019, Harehills residents decided to stay home instead of going out for Bonfire Night, when local police battled a five-hour siege by yobs armed with fireworks and bricks – six officers were injured and three of the rioters were later given jail sentences totaling seven years.

Home Secretary and Labour MP Yvette Cooper was quick to share a message on X (formerly Twitter) on July 18th, condemning the riots in Leeds this week, but the politician has gone quiet since: “I am appalled at the shocking scenes and attacks on police vehicles & public transport in Leeds tonight. Disorder of this nature has no place in our society. My thanks go to West Yorkshire police for their response. I am being kept regularly updated.”

Leeds City Council and the Romanian and Roma community have now released a joint statement where the council has agreed to undertake an urgent review of the case and work with Romanian and Roma-led organizations. “We are asking all communities to remain calm and to ensure that we do not see further disturbances such as those witnessed last night, which brought fear and upset to communities in Harehills. Local people are devastated by what happened, and we want to ensure there is no repeat of the distressing scenes we saw. Such actions will have a long-lasting and harmful impact on our community,” the statement reads.

An Incident Portal has been created where anyone with information, photos, or video footage (including dashcam or doorbell footage) in relation to the disorder can submit it through this link: Public Portal (mipp.police.uk)  

Anyone with any information can contact the force under contact West Yorkshire Police by calling 101.

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