Human-rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is one of at least 11 political prisoners to have been released from custody in Iran. Observers say this is a sign of a more moderate path taken by new President Hassan Rouhani.
Iranian lawmakers have amended the country's strict laws on narcotics, making it harder to put people to death for drug-related crimes. The law could affect hundreds of inmates on death row in the conservative country.
The list includes no women, minorities, or ministers under age 35. Rouhani was also under fire for his justice minister pick, who has been sanctioned by the EU for human rights abuses.
The start of Hassan Rouhani's second term as president signals the extension of Iran's moderate direction. But how much power does he have? DW talks to Iran expert Adnan Tabatabai.
Tensions between Iran and the US are intensifying over missile tests and sanctions. Tehran has accused Washington of acting against the letter and spirit of an international nuclear accord.
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