The New Zealand Herald
Iran water protests
An Iranian police officer and another person have been killed in the country’s restive southwest amid ongoing demonstrations over water shortages, state media reported, raising the death toll so far in the unrest to at least three. According to the state-run IRNA news agency, gunfire killed the officer in the city of Mahshar and another suffered a gunshot wound to his leg. There have been six days of continuous protests in Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan province, home to ethnic Arabs who complain of discrimination by Iran’s Shiite theocracy. The country has faced rolling blackouts for weeks now, in part over what authorities describe as a severe drought.