Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was working on disaster containment and prevention strategies after Thursday’s mass tragedy in Mina, where at least 717 people were killed and 863 others injured in a stampede during the Hajj pilgrimage.
Iran’s Islamic government has long had a fairly dodgy relationship with music, but just in case the crackdowns and dearth of public performances weren’t making things clear enough, the country’s supreme leader announced that teaching and promoting music is “not compatible with the highest values of the sacred regime of the Islamic Republic.”
Six people are on trial in Iran for allegedly stirring up trouble and “undermining the Islamic government system” after the country’s controversial presidential elections in June. Some critics are calling the legal actions “show trials,” according to the BBC.
Iranian militiamen opened fire at protesters in Tehran on Monday, allegedly killing one and wounding others. Hundreds of students have been arrested as tens of thousands of people rallied for opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi. The supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has finally called for a review of Friday’s election results at the heart of the unrest.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned Thursday that Iran would respond to an attack by striking against U.S. interests around the world. Iran’s supreme leader noted that President Bush is seen as reckless, but suggested “it is possible to bring this kind of person to wisdom.” That’s easy for him to say; we’ve been trying for a long time without any luck.