One person died of a heart attack and at least 56 people were slightly hurt when an earthquake of 4.2 magnitude shook an area 50 km (31 miles) west of the Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday, the state news agency IRNA reported. Later on Wednesday, a quake with a magnitude of 5.1 hit the town of Hojedk in southeastern Kerman province, state television reported, adding that there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. On Dec. 12, an earthquake of magnitude 6.2 jolted the same area in Kerman province, injuring at least 18 people and damaging about 20 houses.
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — A New York literature professor held in the Central African nation of Cameroon since early this month after writing an article that criticized the government was released Wednesday, his lawyer said.
Fighters from Iraq’s Yazidi community, brutally targeted by the Islamic State group, executed 52 civilians in apparent revenge killings after capturing territory from the jihadists, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. “Relatives of victims told Human Rights Watch that on June 4, 2017, Yazidi forces detained and then apparently executed men, women, and children,” the US-based rights group said in a report. After seizing Iraq’s Sinjar area in 2014, IS unleashed a brutal campaign against the Yazidis — dubbed heretics by the jihadists for their non-Muslim faith — that the UN says could amount to genocide.