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In brief: Mousavi renews attack on leaders


Tehran, Iran – Iran’s opposition leader said Saturday that a dictatorial “cult” was ruling Iran in the name of Islam – his strongest attack to date on the country’s clerical leadership.

Mir Hossein Mousavi also challenged the government to let his supporters take to the streets freely, saying that would allow it to gauge the opposition’s true strength. On Thursday, Iran’s supreme leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, charged that the country’s opposition had lost its credibility and its right to participate in politics by not accepting the results of June presidential elections.

Khamenei’s comments suggest that Iran’s opposition will be barred from running in any future elections.

Actress blasts Canada seal hunt

Vancouver, British Columbia – Pamela Anderson sent a letter Saturday to Canada’s prime minister requesting an end to the country’s annual seal hunt.

The Canadian actress and spokeswoman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals dropped the letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a mailbox in front of the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans office.

Anderson called the hunt “an embarrassment to Canada” at a news conference, saying she made the appeal during the Winter Olympic Games here because “the whole world is watching Canada.”

Canada’s annual East Coast seal hunt from mid-November to mid-May is the largest in the world, killing an average of 275,000 harp seals.