TEHRAN: A high-ranking general key to Iran's security apparatus has died, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps announced on Sunday. Brig. Gen. Mohammad Hosseinzadeh Hejazi, who died at 65, served as deputy commander of the Quds, or Jerusalem, force of Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard. The unit is an elite and influential group that oversees foreign operations, and Hejazi helped lead its expeditionary forces and frequently shuttled between Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. Born in 1956 in the city of Isfahan, Hejazi joined the Guard after the 1979 Islamic Revolution and came to lead the paramilitary Basij volunteer corps for a decade - a tenure that saw the force transform into a pillar of the country's security and political apparatus. Hejazi took up the position of deputy commander of the Quds Force in April of last year after leading the Guard's paramilitary forces in Lebanon. Iranian media reported that he joined forces fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The Guard statement said he died of heart disease, without providing any further details.
LONDON (REUTERS) - Live music returned to the birthplace of The Beatles after a long coronavirus-enforced silence on Sunday (May 2) when the English city of Liverpool hosted a one-off music festival to test whether such events spread the virus. Around 5,000 people ditched face coverings and social distancing rules in the name of science and music. They attended the outdoor event having tested negative for Covid-19, and promised to get themselves tested again five days after the festival. Their data will be used by the government's Events Research Programme to help understand the effect of crowds on the spread of the virus. But the scientific side of the event was far from the minds of revellers as they danced through the gates of Sefton Park. "It just feels so good, so amazing - it's been too long,"said 19-year-old student Meghan Butler. Mr Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic, said he hoped his pilot project would play a key part in getting outdoor events back on the calendar this year. "Once they get into the show they can party as though it's 2019," he said. "You can feel that the burden of the last