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Iran shuts Arabic TV over coverage of ethnic clashes


Iran today ordered the Arabic satellite television Al-Jazeera to close its Tehran bureau after controversy over its coverage of ethnic clashes in south-western Iran. Mohammad Hossein Khoshvaght, director general of Iran's culture and Islamic guidance ministry, said the suspension will last for "as long as is needed" to examine the possibility that Al-Jazeera had provoked subversive elements in the rioting. Officials say three people were killed and some 200 arrested in fighting between ethnic Arabs and Iranian security forces in Khuzestan province, bordering Iraq last week. However, opposition politicians say the death toll was much higher than officials have admitted.
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