Fifty people have been killed and more than 200 injured in a stampede as Iranians gathered for the burial of a leading commander killed in a US drone strike.
The deaths in Qasem Soleimani’s hometown of Kerman led to his interment being delayed.
Millions are already estimated to have packed the streets for a series of funeral processions in Iran.
Soleimani’s killing has raised fears of a conflict between the US and Iran.
The head of the Quds force was tasked with defending and projecting Iranian interests abroad, and was hailed as a hero in his home country.
The president of Iraqi Kurdistan says the creation of an independent Kurdish state in the Middle East is “now closer than at any other time” and is calling on world leaders to accept that the nearly century-old Sykes-Picot pact that resulted in the Mideast’s current borders has failed. Washington Times
The people of Kurdistan will hold a vote this year on whether to secede from Iraq.