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It said the king instructed Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur “to take the necessary legal measures to release those arrested during the recent demonstrations in several regions of the country” against the price increases.

At least three people were killed, including two policemen who were shot, and more than 70 injured in violent protests against a government decision on Nov. 13 to raise fuel prices by up to 53 percent, according to police.

Since last year, Jordanians have held Arab Spring-inspired protests to demand reform.

The government says the fuel price increases are essential to address a budget deficit of about $5 billion this year.

IRAN

Police arrest members of ‘counterrevolutionary’ TV

TEHRAN — Authorities have arrested 28 Iranians for alleged links to foreign-based TV networks advocating the Baha’i religion, which is banned in the Islamic republic.

A Tuesday report by semi-official Mehr news agency quotes prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi as saying that intelligence officers arrested the members of “counterrevolutionary networks” in 10 buildings across Tehran.

The detainees were in close contact with TV networks that advocate the Baha’i faith, Mr. Dowlatabadi said.

Baha’i practitioners are frequently prosecuted in Iran.

The Iranian government banned the Baha’i religion in 1979 when Islamic clerics came to power.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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