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Iran's Rouhani Criticizes Journalists' Arrests

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized in remarks published Thursday the recent arrests of journalists amid an ongoing crackdown on expression by the country's hardliners. According to a report in the state-owned daily IRAN, Rouhani said hard-liners "misuse" remarks by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on the possible spread of U.S. influence in Iran as an excuse for the detentions. The president was referring to Khamenei's statements this week that reflect...

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