Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said forces had been sent to Isfahan, Lorestan and Hamadan provinces to snuff out protests as pro-regime marches took place around Iran. Jafari claimed that there were no more than 15,000 anti-regime activists anywhere in the country, and their 'sedition' had now been dealt with. Meanwhile images broadcast on state TV showed tens of thousands of people waving Iranian flags marching through the centre of Ahvaz Kermanshah, Gorgan and elsewhere.
At least 48 are killed when a bus plunges 330 feet off a cliff after being hit by a tractor trailer on a highway known as 'Devil's Curve' in Peru
At least 48 people have been killed after a bus carrying 57 passengers down a road known as Devil's Curve in Peru was struck by a tractor trailer and plunged 330ft off a cliff on to a rocky beach below. Six badly wounded passengers were transported to hospital as police, Navy crews and medics combed the beach for more survivors, though had to suspend their search at nightfall as rising tides swallowed the wreck. The crash happened shortly before midday near the town of Pasamayo, around 43 miles north of the capital of Lima.
Female pop star is arrested in Egypt for 'incitement to debauchery' over her 'sexual' music video, less than a month after another female singer was sentenced to two years in prison
Leila Amer, an Egyptian singer, has been arrested over a music video (left, top and bottom right) in which she can be seen dancing 'suggestively' after prosecutors said it represented 'an attack on society and the state.' It comes after the Egyptian musician's union, which must licence acts before they are allowed to perform, expelled her from their ranks. Last month singer Shyma (inset top left) was jailed for two years over a music video in which she appeared to simulate oral sex on a banana.
Dramatic moment three friends tried in vain to rescue British millionaire and his family who died in Sydney seaplane crash by lassoing the tailfin to their dinghy before diving through 7ft of fuel and debris to reach them
This is the moment a group of heroic bystanders leapt into action in a desperate attempt to save a British family of five and the pilot of a seaplane that plunged into the Hawkesbury River (main). Kurt Bratby (centre), Todd Sellars (right) and Lachlan Hewitt (left) watched in horror as the aircraft 'fell from the sky' on New Year's Eve, tragically killing all six on board. The trio were enjoying a beer with other friends on the popular river, north of Sydney, when they a heard a 'huge noise, a boom'. They lassoed a rope around the sinking plane, tied it to their dingy and took it in turns to dive 7ft down into the water in a bid to pull the family to safety. Tragically, the doors could not be opened and the fuel in the water stifled their rescue attempt.
Clint Ralph, 55, photographed a black backed jackal attempting to catch some dinner at the Nossob Waterhole, in South Africa, but the predator proved too slow for the birds. Mr Ralph said that no matter how many times the jackal tried, the most he came away with was a mouthful of feathers as the birds narrowly escaped getting caught in his snapping jaws. Eventually the jackal was forced to give up and go in search of slightly easier prey. Mr Ralph said it was 'wonderful to witness the cycle of life before my lens.'
Brigitte Macron is mocked for behaving like the 'new Queen of France': First Lady shuns protocol and insists on standing next to her husband instead of behind him
Brigitte Macron has been mocked as the new Queen of France over her insistence on standing next to her husband (right) as opposed to behind him as tradition dictates. Eight months after her husband Emmanuel was elected, it appears the first lady is not content with waiting in the wings. Talking to French radio, the 64-year-old said: 'A woman does not have to be behind,' referring to the age-old protocol. Over the years, the Duke of Edinburgh has regularly stood aside to let Queen Elizabeth II take centre stage, as did Carla Bruni with Macron's predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy (left).