June 3 – Officials in Tehran restricted access to the internet in Iran this week, as nationwide anti-government protests intensified.

Internet watchdog Netblocks confirmed the power outage, which it said had disrupted online services for several hours across the country. Tehran said the disruption was caused by overnight maintenance work in the country’s central data  centers.

Iran’s government has been accused of using internet blackouts to conceal evidence of social unrest and violent police crackdowns on protestors.

Amnesty International called on the British government to investigate officials in Iran who detained the British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe for almost six years.

The rights body published a report containing evidence relating to Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s detention which it said amounted to hostage-taking, a criminal offense under international law.

Amnesty submitted its findings to the UK Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, which has been tasked with investigating the handling of the case by the British government.

And ancient rock carvings were discovered in Iran’s South Khorasan Province, following a period of heavy rainfall in the region.

The petroglyphs engraved in volcanic rock portray hunting scenes, riders, horses and flowers and are believed to have been made by an ancient Iranian tribe between 2,500 and 3,000 years ago, according to archaeologists studying the carvings.

The rocks are situated along what was once the Silk Road, a network of routes used by traders travelling across Europe, Asia, and Africa.

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