World news bites: Nobel Peace Prize winner gets another year in jail 

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Iran – Narges Mohammadi, the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize winner, has been sentenced to another year in prison for “propaganda activities against the regime”, according to her lawyer, Mostafa Nili. Her new jail sentence comes from her support for journalist Dina Ghalibaf and her calls to boycott Iranian parliamentary elections. Over the last three years, Mohammadi has faced six trials, leading to a total sentence of 13 years and three months, 154 lashes, exile, and four months of street cleaning. Despite her imprisonment, Mohammadi continues her activism, recently criticising an Israeli strike in Gaza and supporting Iranian women protesting the mandatory hijab rule.

Kenya – After widespread public protests, the government has rolled back some tax hikes in a finance bill. Scrapped increases include a proposed 16% VAT on bread, motor vehicle taxes, vegetable oil, and mobile money transfers. Kuria Kimani, chairman of Kenya’s Finance and National Planning Committee, said the aim is to protect citizens from higher living costs. President William Ruto praised public engagement and the importance of functioning institutions. Protests against the bill led to over 210 arrests during a peaceful assembly near parliament buildings in Nairobi, reported the Defenders Coalition.

Saudi Arabia – At least 550 pilgrims, including 323 Egyptians, have died during the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca so far this year, mostly from heat-related illnesses, as temperatures soared to 51.8°C. Saudi authorities reported treating over 2,000 people for heat stress. Despite precautions like advising the use of umbrellas and providing cold drinks, many rituals required long outdoor exposure, leading to fatalities. The total death toll reported by various countries has reached 577. 

US – Willie Mays, one of baseball’s greatest players, died at 93, the San Francisco Giants announced. Mays, a two-time Most Valuable Player Award winner and 1954 World Series champion with the Giants, was famous for his all-around skill and iconic 1954 World Series catch. Known as the “Say Hey Kid,” Mays, a Black man, was baseball’s oldest living Hall of Famer. His son, Michael, thanked fans for their support. Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred and leaders like San Francisco mayor London Breed and California governor Gavin Newsom praised Mays’ impact on and off the field. Mays’ career, starting in 1948, included 3,293 hits.

Pictured above: Narges Mohammadi.

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