Iraq protests swell with youth angry at slow pace of reform | AFP

Protests escalated across Iraq’s capital Baghdad as demonstrators sealed off streets with burning tyres in outrage at the government’s slow pace of reform.

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Pakistani Shiite Muslim women hold candlelight vigil for slain Iranian commander Soleimani | AFP

Pakistani Shiite Muslim women hold a candlelight vigil in Islamabad for top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani after his assassination at the age of 62 in a US drone strike in Baghdad. The powerful Iranian commander was hailed as a “living martyr” in the Islamic republic for his military and strategic exploits that included halting the Islamic State group as it rampaged across Iraq and Syria.

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Iran TV footage reportedly shows rockets launched at airbase housing US troops in Iraq | AFP

Video footage released by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting reportedly shows rockets launched at Ain al-Asad airbase, a US military installation in Iraq. The attack on the Iraqi airbase in the country’s west, where US and coalition forces are based, comes after pro-Tehran factions in Iraq vowed to “respond” to a US drone strike that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad last week. N°1NJ2A8N°1NJ2H7

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Iranians throng streets for Soleimani burial | AFP

Mourners throng Qasem Soleimani’s hometown after the top Iranian military commander was killed in a US drone strike. A hugely popular figure in Iran, Soleimani was killed on Friday in a US drone strike outside Baghdad international airport.

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Iran mourns, supreme leader weeps for Soleimani

Iran’s supreme leader wept while praying over the casket of a top general killed in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei offered the prayers on Monday in Tehran for Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani. (Jan. 6)

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Crowds in Tehran mourn slain General Soleimani

Hundreds of thousands gathered in Tehran’s Enghelab square on Monday for the funeral procession of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad on Friday. (Jan. 6)

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Mourners pack Tehran to mourn Iran general Soleimani | AFP

Mourners pack the streets of Tehran for ceremonies to pay homage to top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, after he was killed in a US strike in Baghdad. The country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei presided over prayers for the slain general.

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Mourners gather in Tehran to pay homage to Qasem Soleimani | AFP

Mourners gather to pay homage to top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, after he was killed in a US strike in Baghdad, in the capital Tehran IMAGES

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Weeping, Iran supreme leader prays over Soleimani

Weeping amid wails from a crowd of hundreds of thousands of mourners, Iran’s supreme leader on Monday prayed over the remains of a top Iranian general killed in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad, an attack that’s drastically raised tensions between Tehran and Washington. (Jan. 6)

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Mourners carry Soleimani’s coffin during a ceremony in Tehran | AFP

Mourners pack the streets of Tehran for ceremonies to pay homage to top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, after he was killed in a US strike in Baghdad. IMAGES

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Mourners pack Tehran to grieve Iranian general Soleimani | AFP

Mourners pack the streets of Tehran for ceremonies to pay homage to top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, after he was killed in a US strike in Baghdad. IMAGES

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Iran supreme leader prays over coffin of general Soleimani | AFP

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei prays over the coffin containing the remains of top military commander Qasem Soleimeni in an emotional ceremony in Tehran. Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike Friday near Baghdad international airport, shocking the Islamic republic and raising fears of a new Middle East war. IMAGES

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Mourners pack Tehran to grieve Iranian general Soleimani | AFP

Mourners pack the streets of Tehran for ceremonies to pay homage to top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, after he was killed in a US strike in Baghdad. IMAGES

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Iran: Mourners gather in Mashhad as top general’s remains return | AFP

Iranians gather in the holy Iranian city of Mashhad to pay their respect to late top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, after he was killed in a US strike in Baghdad. IMAGES

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Iran: Mourners gather in Mashhad as top general’s remains return | AFP

Iranians gather in the holy city of Mashhad to pay their respect to late top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, after he was killed in a US strike in Baghdad. IMAGES

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Here’s the latest for Saturday, January 4th: Thousands in Baghdad mourn Iranian general; Esmail Ghaani appointed to replace Qassem Soleimani; Kangaroo Island fire leaves a swathe of destruction; Kosiv ceramics enter UNESCO cultural heritage list.

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Palestinians mourn Soleimani’s death in Gaza city | AFP

Palestinian factions organise a mourning ceremony in Gaza city in honour of slain Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani killed in the Iraqi capital Baghdad in a US air strike.

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Mourners in Iraq grieve for Soleimani, al-Muhandis

Thousands of mourners marched in a funeral procession Saturday through Baghdad for Iran’s top general and Iraqi militant leaders, who were killed in a US airstrike. (Jan.4)

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