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IRAN

Launch of homemade satellite sparks Western concern

TEHRAN — Iran launched a satellite into earth orbit Wednesday, Iran’s state TV reported, in a feat that is likely to raise concerns among those who fear Iran’s nuclear program.

The report said the locally produced satellite, called Rasad, or observation, was launched successfully by a Safir missile on Wednesday. There was no independent confirmation of the launch or of the satellite achieving orbit.

It is the second satellite Iran has put into orbit. The first, named Omid, was launched in 2009. The Iranian TV report said the new satellite is designed to produce high resolution maps.

Iran’s decade-long space program has raised alarms in the West because the same technology that allows missiles to launch satellites can be used to fire warheads.

TURKEY

Aid workers erect tents to shelter Syrian refugees

YAYLADAGI — Turkish aid workers Wednesday erected new tent cities at the Syrian border to shelter more refugees, as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks with a Syrian envoy in Ankara.

Some 8,500 Syrians, more than half of them children, have already been accommodated at three camps run by the Turkish Red Crescent in the border province of Hatay, local officials said.

Most of the refugees fled a major security crackdown in the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughur, roughly 25 miles from the Turkish border.

BELARUS

Rare protest ignores warning of retaliation

MINSK — Up to 1,000 people turned out in the Belarussian capital, Minsk, on Wednesday in a rare protest at economic hardship, defying a warning by President Alexander Lukashenko that he would “strike hard” against them.

Police sealed off Minsk’s Oktyabrskaya Square close to Mr. Lukashenko’s main administration building, but several hundred people massed in a largely silent protest in nearby streets all the same.

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