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The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned of difficult times to come as pressure from renewed american sanctions intensifies. Iran's oil exports have virtually ground to a halt since President Trump pulled the US out of an international nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Tehran. President Rouhani urged Iran's political factions to stick together to get through the current difficulties. He warned that the economic pressures the country is currently facing could be even greater than in the 1980s, when it was subject to international sanctions during the war with Iraq. After the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal, there was a brief boom as Iranian oil exports surged, but the reimposition of sanctions means the outlook is once again bleak for the Iranian economy.

Police in Saudi Arabia say they have killed eight members of a suspected terror cell whom they accused of planning attacks against civilians and security sites. A state security spokesman gave details of the operation in the eastern region of Qatif in a statement. He said the men were surrounded by police in a residential building on the island of Tarout and were killed when they refused to surrender and instead opened fire. Qatif province is home to most of the country's Shiah Muslim minority who accused the Sunni majority government of discrimination. In recent years, the oil producing province has been the scene of sporadic unrest and regular security operations.

12 Brazilian soldiers who opened fire on a car carrying a family in Rio de Janeiro a month ago are to be tried in a military court. Two people were killed in the incident. The soldiers said they mistook the white car for one of the same color that was being driven by a criminal gang in the area on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Evaldo dos Santos, a professional musician was driving his family to a baby shower. Brazilian police investigating the incident said the soldiers fired more than 250 shots from semi-automatic rifles and pistols in a short space of time. 62 shots hit the vehicle. Mr. Santos died on the spot. A man who was nearby Luciano Macedo was seriously wounded and died in hospital days later.

The owner and director of a private school in Mexico that collapsed during an earthquake in 2017 has been arrested. 26 people including 19 children were killed in the disaster. Monica Garcia has been charged with manslaughter because of alleged irregularities in the construction of her school building.

The Columbian military says it has killed a regional commander of the ELN rebel group. A military statement said the rebel commander was a 32-year-old sniper known as Dario, who was considered an explosives expert. He is alleged to have masterminded attacks on one of the country's main oil pipelines.

A well known former Afghan television journalist Mena Mangal who became Cultural Advisor to the Afghan Parliament has been shot dead. According to the Interior Ministry, she was killed by unknown gunmen in the capital Kabul on Saturday as she made her way to work. Ms Mangal had worked as a presenter for a number of television networks.

Thousands of supporters of the Albanian opposition have held a protest in the capital Tirana, with some hurling petrol bombs at the Prime Minister's office and outside parliament. Riot police responded with stun grenades and tear gas. Demonstrators are demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister Edi Rama over allegations of electoral fraud and corruption.

At least three gay rights activists have been detained in Cuba during an unauthorized gay pride parade. The event followed the surprise cancellation by the Communist authorities of an annual event against Homophobia which has taken place in Havana for the past 12 years. Havana's annual gay pride march is an important event for the island's gay and lesbian community which spent so many decades in the shadows and under persecution. As such, the decision by the government to cancel this year's event was met with some disbelief by many who'd intended to participate, even more so when the official reasons for the cancellation began to filter out. The island's economy is in a precarious moment. One official suggested, while others said it was because the march was being seized on by anti-Castro groups from Miami.

A legendary Mexican wrestler who gained international fame in a Hollywood film has died in the ring during a bout in London. Cesar Gonzalez Barron, better known by his stage name Silver King, collapsed and died during a sell-out show. He was 51. The cause of his death is not yet known. Early reports suggest he may have suffered a heart attack. Gonzalez appeared in the 2005 film Nacho Libre.

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