New pro­duc­tion line for mis­siles an­nounced

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

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.

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