Security forces in Iran are on alert for possible civil unrest and strikes in the face of planned reductions in fuel subsidies. Opposition to the planned cuts is reportedly strong as many fear the cuts would trigger an increase in domestic prices and bring about economic hardships, The New York Times says. In various public speeches, top Iranian security and police officials have hinted of a foreign conspiracy to use Iran’s economic woes to create civil disobedience, NYT notes.

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      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.