Two activists charged with taking part in Iran’s widespread protests have reportedly been tortured to death in prison. A 24-year-old Kurd died in Sanandaj prison in Iranian Kurdistan and while another 26-year-old died in Chalus prison in northern Iran. The reports also come as Iran lifted the ban on the Telegram messaging app Saturday night.
Meanwhile, the U.S.-led coalition said it is working with its Syrian allies to create a 30,000-strong border security force in northern Syria, drawing sharp condemnation from Turkey. The Coalition an
d the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are beginning to shift focus to border security, as the offensive against ISIS is winding down. The Turkish government has since dispatched a military convoy of five tanks to its borders with Syria.
Lastly, congratulations to Dua Lipa for making British history. The 22-year-old leads the charge at this year’s Brit Awards with five nominations, including best album, best female artist, best video, best single and breakthrough pop artist for her new single New Rules.. Until now, no female artist has ever received five nominations in a single year.