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On their blog and in a video created on their behalf, the couple and their friends say Ms. Moghadam was forced to spend a night in jail Friday, while Mr. Moghadam was held in a detention center. Their two biological children were placed in an orphanage.

As of Tuesday, they still had not been allowed to leave the country. Their biological children had been returned to them, but the four adopted siblings were still at the orphanage, said Frank Kwofie, director of operations of the police’s criminal investigations department.


Iraq backs off on closing media outlets

BAGHDAD — Iraq has suspended orders to close 44 media operations in the country, including the BBC and Voice of America, after an outcry by press freedom advocates, an official said Tuesday.

The Communications and Media Commission, which regulates the news media in Iraq, will give the targeted groups more time to pay outstanding fees and renew lapsed licenses, Deputy Director Ali Nasir said.

The commission denied that its previous order to close the agencies, most of them Iraqi, represented a crackdown on a free press. No media outlets were known to have been shut down.

The order was issued last month but made public only this week.

The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory welcomed the reprieve on Tuesday, but Director Ziyad al-Aajely said media licensing is still too difficult and fees are too high.


Government hit by fresh resignation

ATHENS — A second Greek Cabinet member has resigned in two days, the latest casualty for the financially struggling country’s new conservative-led government.

Giorgos Vernicos, deputy minister for Greece’s merchant marine ministry, announced his resignation Tuesday and it was accepted by the government.

He did not immediately give a reason for his departure. But the main opposition Syriza party had accused him of maintaining an offshore company in what appeared to be a conflict of interest for a member of government.

On Monday, the designated finance minister resigned because of illness.

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