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Iran had banned street protests to mark the anniversary of July 9, 1999, raid by police and hard-line vigilantes on a Tehran University dormitory that killed one person and injured at least 20.


BBC fined for faking winner

LONDON — A children”s television show on the British Broadcasting Corp. faked the results of a contest, drawing a $100,000 fine yesterday from a regulatory agency.

In imposing its first fine on the BBC, the Office of Communications said the broadcaster broke the rules by using a studio guest to pose as the winner of a phone-in competition on the “Blue Peter” show on Nov. 27.

The show used the guest after a technical problem made it impossible for viewers to call the show.


Taliban leader killed in nighttime raid

KABUL — U.S.-led coalition and Afghan troops conducting a nighttime raid killed a Taliban leader yesterday but two children were caught in the crossfire, a U.S. spokesman said.

In the south, Taliban fighters ambushed a police patrol over the weekend, and the subsequent battle left six police officers and 12 militants dead, said Kandahar provincial police Chief Sayed Agha Saqib.

During the raid of the home in eastern Paktia province, militants fired guns and rocket-propelled grenades at the coalition and Afghan troops, forcing troops to return fire. Two children were killed in the exchange, said Maj. Donald Korpi, a U.S. coalition spokesman.


Church”s leaders sent to labor camp

SHANGHAI — Two ministers in China”s unrecognized Protestant church have been sentenced to one year each in a labor camp on charges of using an “evil cult” to obstruct the law, a U.S. monitoring group said yesterday.

The two men were detained on June 15 along with four other church leaders during a worship service in eastern Shandong province, just south of Beijing, said the China Aid Association, based in Midland, Texas.

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