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Iran in Mourning After Helicopter Crash Kills President and Foreign Minister

HeadlineMay 20, 2024

Iran has declared five days of mourning after Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian died Sunday in a helicopter crash near the border with Azerbaijan. The crash occurred amid heavy fog in a mountainous area; it took rescue workers many hours to reach the crash site. Raisi had led Iran since 2021 and was widely seen as a possible successor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who is 85 years old. Iran will hold presidential elections in 50 days. Vice President Mohammad Mokhber has taken over as interim president. We’ll have more on Iran after headlines.

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