Iran hangs 21 convicted criminals

Iran hanged 21 men Wednesday in the latest round of group executions in the past few months, state media reported. Seventeen convicted drug smugglers were hanged in northeastern Iran, about 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) from the capital, Tehran. The region borders Afghanistan, the source of much of the world's heroin. "After legal procedures, 17 individuals were hanged on the charges of drug smuggling in Khorasan Razavi province this morning," state television reported. In a separate execution, four others were hanged in southern city of Shiraz, about 800 kilometers (497 miles) south of Tehran.