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Page 2-Wednesday, July 8, 1981-The Michigan Daily
Iran executes
9 more; closes
news office,


BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Iran's
Islamic regime executed nine more op-
ponents yesterday and closed the
Tehran bureau of the British news
agency Reuters, Tehran radio said.
The government also expelled three
South Korean diplomats and advised
most of the rest of the South Korean
Embassy staff to leave within two
weeks, the radio broadcasts monitored
in Beirut said.
NO REASON was given for the move,
which would leave three South Korean
diplomats and four administrative of-
ficials at the embassy. But radio broad-
casts said the Iranian Embassy in Seoul
had been downgraded to the level of
charge d'affaires.
Tehran radio said eight men and one
woman were executed before dawn on
charges of organizing riots to protest
the ouster of President Abolhassan
Bani-Sadr. The latest deaths brought to
140 the number of government opponen-
ts executed since leaders of the ruling
Islamic Republican Party engineered
Bani-Sadr's dismissal on June 22.
Bani-Sadr disappeared before his
impeachment and is reportedly hiding
among Kurdish rebels in Kurdistan,
northwestern Iran.
A STATEMENT by Iran's Infor-
mation Ministry said the government
closed the Reuters bureau because a
recent review of its coverage had un-
covered 10 instances of "biased and un-
true reporting."
A Reuters spokesman in London said
the Iranian government had offered no
specific examples of bias when it closed
the bureau and ordered Reuters
correspondents Barry May, Alan
Philps and Phil Davison to leave Iran
within 48 hours.
ALL AMERICAN news agency,
television network and newspaper
correspondents were expelled from
Iran in 1980 during the crisis caused by
the seizure of American hostages by
Iranian militants.

... still in hiding
In the latest alleged act of terrorism
announced by the government,
authorities claimed a bomb was
discovered and defused at a Tehran
mosque shortly before worshippers
converged for Monday night prayers.
"But thanks to the alertness of the
people, the bomb was discovered and
defused by the security officials, and
praying people were saved from an evil
conspiracy by the minigroups
associated with Western imperialism,"
Tehran radio said.
Iranian officials frequently use such
terms to describe the leftist
Mujahedeen Khalq guerrilla group,
which, despite its Marxist ideology, is
often accused of collaborating with the
United States and other Western

Falwell's friends
MORAL MAJORITY leader Jerry Falwell Monday said he was asked
by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to help explain the bom-
bing of an Iraqi nuclear reactor to the American public. During a talk at the
Landmark Baptist Temple Sunday, Falwell said two days after Israel bom-
bed the reactor Begin called to enlist his support. "I have been a friend of
Israel for many years and a friend of Begin for several years," Falwell said
in a telephone interview Monday. "He simply wanted to ask me to com-
municate to the American people the reason for the bombing. They (the
Israelis) were not trying to initiate war. They were simply trying to protect
themselves. "They very carefully picked the time when there would be no
radiation danger to the city of Baghdad." The fundamentalist minister said
most Americans probably agree with Begin's explanation. "I personally
think the American people wholeheartedly support what happened," he said.
C'mon, Nancy, how old?
F IRST LADY Nancy Reagan celebrated her birthday Monday. Was
she 58? "She says she is," White House deputy press secretary Larry
Speakes told reporters, with a smiling emphasis on the word "says. '
However, records at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., her alma mater,
give her birthdate as July 6, 1921, according to a spokesman quoted in the
Washington Post. That would make Mrs. Reagan 60. NBC News reported
Monday that it had located a copy of Mrs. Reagan's birth certificate at a
library in New York City, certificate No. 32579, showing that she was born in
1921. Mrs. Reagan, however, says she was born in 1923. "It's definitely 1923,"
said her spokeswoman, Sheila Tate. That would have made her 16 when she
enrolled at Smith. How old? Only her hairdresser knows for sure. Q
Today's weather
Clear and hot, temperatures soaring into the mid-90s. Q
AAFC - The Sorrow and the Pity, 7 p.m., Angell Aud. A.
C2-Story of a Love Affair, 7:30 p.m.; The Reckless Moment, 9:30 p.m.,
Lorch Hall.
CFT - The Last Wave, 4,7 & 9 p.m., Michigan Theater.
Ark - Hoot night, open mike, 9p.m., 1421 Hill.
Folk Dance Club - Adv. teaching and dancing, 8 p.m., Union.
Commission for Women - Mtg., noon, 2549 LSA Bldg.
Rackham Christian Forum - Mtg., noon, Michigan League studio.
Karma Thegsum Choling - Mediataion, 7 p.m., 734 Fountain.
Eckankar - Introductory talk - "Dreams: Fantasy or Reality?" 7:30
p.m., 302 E. Liberty. Q
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Vol. XCI, No. 35-S
Wednesday, July 8, 1981
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