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Iran’s late President to be buried in his home city, Mashhad

Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a helicopter crash at the weekend, is to be buried in his home city of Mashhad on Thursday.

Raisi is to be laid to rest at the city’s shrine of Imam Reza, the eighth imam of Shia Islam.

High-ranking representatives of friendly states are expected to attend, including Russian parliamentary leader Vyacheslav Volodin.

Iran’s state railway company has organised special trains to take mourners from Tehran to the north-eastern city.

Raisi and his foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian died in a helicopter crash with seven other occupants.

They went down in dense clouds in the mountains while travelling back from a meeting with Ilham Aliyev, the president of Azerbaijan.

Iran’s religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had ordered five days of national mourning, and a nationwide holiday was held on Wednesday.

Millions of mourners flocked to a funeral procession in Tehran on Wednesday.

There have been several ceremonies and public displays of mourning for the late President Raisi, late foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and other victims of Sunday’s crash.

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US President, Joe Biden tests positive for COVID-19

US President Joe Biden has tested positive for Covid-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms.

Biden, 81, tested positive following his first event in Las Vegas, where he was expected to later speak at the UnidosUS annual conference.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced the positive test for the 81-year-old Democrat after the president of UnidosUS, a Latino civil rights organization, said Biden would not be able to speak at a scheduled event due to the diagnosis.

In a statement, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden tested positive earlier in the day “following his first event in Las Vegas.”

“He is vaccinated and boosted and he is experiencing mild symptoms,” Jean-Pierre said.

“He will be returning to Delaware where he will self-isolate and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time. The White House will provide regular updates on the President’s status as he continues to carry out the full duties of the office while in isolation.”

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Trump announces Ohio senator, JD Vance as running mate

Former U.S. President, Donald Trump on Monday announced Ohio Senator, JD Vance as his running mate for the November presidential election.

Trump announced the choice of Vance as his running mate on his Truce Social.

He said after lengthy deliberation and thought, and considering the tremendous talents of many others,  he had decided that the person best suited to assume the position of Vice President of the United States is Senator J.D. Vance of the Great State of Ohio.

Trump said J.D. honorably served the country in the Marine Corps, graduated from Ohio State University in two years, Summa Cum Laude, and is a Yale Law School Graduate, where he was Editor of The Yale Law Journal, and President of the Yale Law Veterans Association.

“J.D.’s book, ‘Hillbilly Elegy,’ became a Major Best Seller and Movie, as it championed the hardworking men and women of our Country. J.D. has had a very successful business career in Technology and Finance, and now, during the Campaign, will be strongly focused on the people he fought so brilliantly for, the American Workers and Farmers in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota, and far beyond….”

“….As Vice President, J.D. will continue to fight for our Constitution, stand with our Troops, and will do everything he can to help me MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. Congratulations to Senator J.D. Vance, his wife, Usha, who also graduated from Yale Law School, and their three beautiful children. MAGA2024,” Trump stated.

The CNN reports that the decision further elevated Vance, who has adopted the former president’s populist agenda after years of pointed criticism of Trump.

Vance, a venture capitalist and the author of the best-selling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy,” was elected to the US Senate in 2022 after receiving a boost from Trump in a contentious Republican primary.

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Secret service kill man who shot at Trump in failed assassination attempt

The gunman who attempted to assassinate former President Donald Trump Saturday has been identified, according to the New York Post.

He has been identified as 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks.

One of Crooks’ bullets at Bethel Park grazed the former President in the ear during an outdoor rally in Butler, just outside Pittsburgh.

Sources told the New York Post that Crooks was planted on a roof of a manufacturing plant more than 130 yards away from the stage at Butler Farm Show grounds.

Cooks was shot dead by Secret Service snipers and an AR-style rifle recovered from him.

Bethel Park is a village 40 miles south of where the Butler rally was held.

Meanwhile, it remains unclear as to why Crooks attempted to assassinate Trump, who is the presidential candidate of the Republican party

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