Jailed Iran rights lawyer ends hunger strike over health concerns Sep 27, 2020 0 682 12345 AFPTehranJailed Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has stopped a hunger strike she began more than 45 days ago due to health concerns, her husband said on Saturday.Sotoudeh, 57, announced she was going on hunger strike last month to demand the release of political prisoners and focus attention on their plight due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Last week, Sotoudeh’s husband said she was hospitalised for five days before being returned to her prison cell. On Saturday, he said she had ended the hunger strike.“We spoke briefly this morning. She decided to end the hunger strike in order not to worsen her heart problems,” Reza Khandan told AFP.On August 11, Sotoudeh and Khandan announced her hunger strike on social media.They described the conditions faced by political prisoners detained on “unbelievable” charges as impossible to tolerate and said they were offered no legal hope of release as the pandemic engulfs Iran.Sotoudeh, co-laureate of the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov prize in 2012, is serving a 12-year sentence handed down last year after defending women arrested for protesting compulsory headscarf laws.She is being held at Tehran’s Evin prison, where other political prisoners are detained, including Iranian-French academic Fariba Adelkhah. RELATED ARTICLES India’s vaccine capacity will help ‘all humanity’: Modi Sep 27, 2020 0 847 CAR president Touadera announces candidacy for December election Sep 27, 2020 0 349 Taliban nix lasting peace before political agreement: US envoy for Afghan peace Sep 27, 2020 0 368 Lebanon’s PM-designate bows out after failing to form cabinet AFP Beirut Lebanon’s premier-designate stepped down on Saturday, saying he had been unable to form a reform-minded government to lift the country out of its worst economic crisis in decades. Lebanon’s last government .. Somali army frees 40 children kidnapped by Al Shabaab MOGADISHU: The Somali army killed 16 Al Shabaab militants in an offensive in lower Shabelle province on Saturday, officials said, in an attempt to free dozens of children. The children had been kidnapped by the Islamist .. Tunisia reports its highest daily coronavirus caseload TUNIS: Tunisia on Saturday confirmed 1,087 new cases of the coronavirus, the North African country’s highest single-day caseload since March. The latest reported cases have taken Tunisia’s total virus caseload to .. Seven killed in blast in rebel-held Syrian area: Monitor DAMASCUS: A car bomb killed at least seven people on Saturday in an area controlled by Turkish troops and their rebel allies in north-east Syria, a war monitor reported. Ten others were injured in the bombing that took .. Rouhani condemns US for ‘crimes’ against Iran AFP Tehran Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday said people should blame Washington for the “crimes and pressure” facing the country, as waves of US sanctions impact the struggling economy. “They prevented the .. 1 killed in clashes with police at Egypt protest AFP CAIRO An Egyptian man was killed overnight on Saturday in clashes between protesters and police during a demonstration in a village south of Cairo against President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, family and medical sources ..