New production line for missiles announced
Iran announced the launch of a new missile production line on Saturday, according to state media, against a backdrop of tension between the United States and Tehran.
The Sayyad 3 missile can reach an altitude of 16 miles and travel up to 74 miles, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said at a ceremony. The missile can target fighter planes, unmanned aerial vehicles, cruise missiles and helicopters.
Last week, the United States slapped new economic sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program, and said Tehran’s “malign activities” in the Middle East undercut any “positive contributions” coming from a 2015 Iran nuclear accord.
Also Saturday, Iran responded to President Trump’s calling on the Islamic Republic to release three U.S. citizens by demanding that the United States release detained Iranians, according to the Iranian Students’ News Agency. — Reuters Venezuelan soldiers fire tear gas at protesters: Venezuelan soldiers on motorbikes fired tear gas at hundreds of masked and stone-throwing youths in Caracas on Saturday during the latest protest against President Nicolás Maduro. The Democratic Unity coalition had called a march on the proMaduro Supreme Court in support of alternative magistrates appointed by the opposition on Friday. But security forces blocked their way with armored cars and riot shields. Clashes ensued, injuring several people. Since April, more than 100 people have died in the unrest, with thousands injured and hundreds arrested.
Death toll in strike on Afghan police rises to 12: The death toll from an errant U.S. airstrike on Afghan National Police officers was raised to 12. The death toll in Friday’s airstrike was determined after a site inspection of the compound in the Gereshk district, said Abdul Ghafar Safi, Helmand provincial police chief. The United States in a statement confirmed that the airstrike on the Security Forces compound occurred during a U.S.-supported operation against Taliban insurgents in the area.
Aftershocks rattle Greek island: Crews of experts began examining the damage to cultural monuments and infrastructure on the eastern Greek island of Kos on Saturday, a day after a powerful earthquake killed two tourists and injured nearly 500 others in the Aegean Sea region that stretches to Turkey’s sprawling coast. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the early Friday morning quake at magnitude 6.7. Hundreds of residents and tourists spent Friday night sleeping outdoors on the island, too afraid to return to their homes or hotels. Residents and tourists were still jittery as a series of aftershocks Saturday night continued to rock the island.
Swiss couple buried: A Swiss couple whose bodies were found on an Alpine glacier after they disappeared nearly 75 years ago have been buried. Swiss broadcaster SRF said the funeral of Marcelin Dumoulin and his wife, Francine, took place Saturday in a church in Saviese in southwestern Switzerland. They were 40 and 37 when they disappeared on Aug. 15, 1942. The bodies were found on the Tsanfleuron glacier at 8,580 feet above sea level. The couple’s daughter, Marceline UdryDumoulin, now 79, said her parents set off on foot to feed their animals but never returned. SRF said two daughters took part in the funeral; the other five children have died.