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The EU last week imposed an oil embargo against Iran and froze the assets of its central bank. In December, the United States said it would bar financial institutions from the U.S. market if they do business with Iran’s central bank.

Iran’s broadcasting company said Hispan TV - the first Spanish-language channel airing from the Middle East - will broadcast news, documentaries, movies and Iranian films 24 hours a day.

Iran’s state TV said the channel, which had been on air on a trial basis since October with a 16-hour daily program, will target millions of Spanish-speaking people throughout the world.

“The new channel will limit the ground for supremacy of dominance seekers,” Mr. Ahmadinejad said during a ceremony in Tehran marking the inauguration. “It will be a means for better ties between people and governments of Iran and Spanish-speaking nations.”


Israel to deport South Sudanese

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Interior Ministry said thousands of people from South Sudan must leave or face deportation.

Spokeswoman Sabine Haddad said that because the South Sudanese have an independent state, they will no longer be given protected status in Israel.

The country gained independence from Sudan in July.

About 7,000 South Sudanese are believed to be in Israel, part of a larger influx of African migrants who have poured into the country in recent years. Some are refugees, while others are seeking employment.

Israel is trying to stop the wave of arrivals, building a barrier along the border with Egypt and pledging tough punishments to people who assist them.

Speaking Tuesday, Ms. Haddad said the South Sudanese will be offered voluntary deportation and about $1,300. After March 31, Ms. Haddad said, they will be deported.

From wire dispatches and staff reports