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Helicopter Carrying Iran President Reportedly Crashes Near Azerbaijan

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TEHRAN — Iranian state media is confirming the death of President Ebrahim Raisi.

A helicopter carrying Raisi and eight other people – including the Iranian Foreign Minister – crashed Sunday afternoon in the mountain province of East Azerbaijan. It ran into heavy fog while returning from a trip to the Iran-Azerbaijan border.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said intelligence officials have told him there is “no evidence of foul play.”

In Iran, the president is the second highest-ranking official, following the Supreme Leader.

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