Protests in Iran
Via the BBC: Iran cities hit by anti-government protests.
Anti-government demonstrations that began in one city on Thursday have now spread to several major cities in Iran.
Large numbers are reported to have turned out in Rasht, in the north, and Kermanshar, in the west, with smaller protests in Shiraz, Isfahan and Hamadan.
The protests began against rising prices but have spiralled into a general outcry against clerical rule.
The demonstrations are the most serious and widespread expression of public discontent in Iran since protests in 2009 that followed a disputed election, correspondents say.
Demonstrators were reportedly heard yelling slogans including “The people are begging, the clerics act like God”. Protests have even been held in Qom, a holy city home to powerful clerics.