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Mummified body of the Shah of Iran 'found in Tehran' construction site

24.04.2018 18:12

A construction worker in southern Tehran may have stumbled across the mummified body of Reza Shah Pahlavi, the Iranian ruler whose son was overthrown in the revolution of 1979.  Builders were carrying out construction work at a Shia shrine in Tehran when they found the body amid a pile of rubble.  Pahlavi was buried in a mausoleum nearby after his death in 1944 but the tomb was blown up by Iranian revolutionaries as they tried to erase all traces of the previous regime.  The shah’s body was never found in the ruins and has been missing for nearly 40 years.  Hassan Khalilabadi, the head of Tehran’s heritage committee, said it was “a possibility” that the corpse may be that of the former Iranian leader. “This will be examined by responsible bodies," he said. The body was reportedly found by construction workers Pahlavi was a military officer who overthrew the ruling Persian dynasty in 1921 and seized power for himself, first becoming the country’s prime minister and then its monarch.   He introduced widespread reforms and is credited by some as the founder of modern Iran. But he was forced from power in 1941 by British and Russian troops and abdicated in favour of his son.  Pahlavi went into exile and died in South Africa in 1944. His son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, was overthrown during the Iranian revolution in 1979.  Reza Shah's body as it was buried in 1944 Pahlavi’s legacy is a taboo subject for Iran’s government. While his son is still deeply controversial, some Iranians think fondly of the older Pahlavi because of his modernisation programme and his expansion of some freedoms for women.    During the widespread protests in Iran in late 2017 and early 2018, many protesters shouted out Pahlavi’s name as a way of defying Iran’s revolutionary regime. “Reza Shah, bless your soul,” people cried. If the body found in Tehran is indeed that of Reza Shah Pahlavi, Iran’s current rulers may have a delicate task figuring out what to do with it.  Islamic custom demands that all bodies be treated with respect but Iranian authorities will also be wary of allowing it to become a rallying point for opposition groups.  A spokesman for the Shah Abdol Azim shrine said the body was not Pahlavi’s. "All the rumours on the social media that claim this mummified body belongs to Reza Shah are false and void of any truth,” he said.    Reza Shah Pahlavi took power in 1921 but was forced to abdicate in 1941 by the UK and the Soviet Union Pahlavi’s grandson, Reza Pahlavi, said in a statement that he was “closely following” the reports that his grandfather’s body had been found.  He warned Iran’s government “against any secrecy or lack of transparency” in its handling of the body.   Iranian authorities said the body had been reburied. It was not immediately clear what steps Iran planned to take to verify if the body did belong to Pahlavi.  A widely-shared photograph on social media appeared to show an Iranian construction work taking a selfie with the body after discovering it at the foot of his bulldozer.

Iran police's assault on woman over headscarf stirs debate

24.04.2018 18:12

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A grainy video of female officers from Iran's morality police assaulting a young woman whose headscarf only loosely covered her hair has sparked a new public debate on the decades-long requirement for women in the Islamic Republic.

Tags: Women, SPA, Iran, Police

Soaking in hot tub improves health markers in obese women

24.04.2018 18:10

According to new research, obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may be able to improve their health outlook with a particularly enjoyable form of therapy: regular sessions in a hot tub.

Tags: Women, PC

Toronto van driver posted anti-women Facebook message before attack, police say

24.04.2018 18:05

The suspect in the deadly van attack in Toronto posted a chilling Facebook message just minutes before plowing into a crowded city sidewalk, authorities said Tuesday, raising the possibility that he may have nursed grudges against women — a possible echo of a 1989 massacre of 14 women that remains...


Cosby lawyers rebuked after ‘liar’ attack

24.04.2018 17:48

Defence lawyers for comedian Bill Cosby have attacked the credibility of women who testified against him at his sexual assault trial, drawing a stern rebuke from prosecutors who said such shaming of victims was the reason women do not report sex crimes.

Tags: UK, Sex, Women

London's Parliament Square Gets Its First Statue Honoring A Woman

24.04.2018 17:21

The monument depicts suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett, who fought for decades to secure the vote for all women. The bronze joins 11 statues of men such as Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln.


Former senator who resigned gives to Hawley Senate campaign

24.04.2018 16:34

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former U.S. senator who resigned decades ago amid allegations of sexual harassment has donated $1,000 to Missouri Republican Josh Hawley’s U.S. Senate campaign. Campaign finance records show Bob Packwood donated to Hawley last month. Packwood resigned in 1995 after the Senate Ethics Committee voted to expel him. Women accused [...]


Suspect in Toronto van attack expressed anger at women

24.04.2018 16:29

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TORONTO (NYTIMES) - The van driver who traumatised Toronto was a socially troubled computer science graduate who briefly joined Canada's military last year and expressed hostility toward women on his Facebook account, according to details that emerged on Tuesday (April 24).


Jury Hears Closing Arguments In Bill Cosby's Sexual Assault Trial

24.04.2018 16:21

Closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial took place Tuesday. He's accused of assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, but five other women were allowed to testify about their own alleged assaults.

Tags: Sex, Women

Women could boost Asian economies by $4.5 trillion

24.04.2018 16:18

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