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    Iran’s Khamenei Blames ‘Enemies’ for Protests

    The unrest is history, they say. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has blamed his country’s biggest protests in eight years on presumably foreign “enemies,” while officials say 450 people have been arrested in Tehran over five days. Of 20 known deaths, nine perished in overnight clashes, most of them during an attack on a police station. Now Tehran’s Revolutionary Court says punishments for protesters — who’ve been calling for the removal of corrupt officials and frustrated by economic hardship — will be harsher going forward.

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