Wednesday, January 13, 1999/ Dey 23, 1377, No. 643
Iranian "Rambo" kills seven drug traffickers
TEHRAN, Jan 13 (AFP) - Seven Afghan drug traffickers were shot dead when the Iranian militiaman they were holding hostage freed himself and then gunned them down "Rambo"-style, the Qods newspaper reported Wednesday.
The unidentified militiaman, who had been held captive by the traffickers for four days in their remote hilly hideout in Torbat-e-Heydarieh, managed to break free and turn on the Afghans.
He shot dead seven of the 10-member gang in the battle on Tuesday while the other three managed to escape.
The militiaman received a hero's welcome in Torbat-e-Heydarieh, a small town in Khorasan province on the Afghan border, where the bodies of the dead traffickers were put on public display.
The local government announced it would reward the soldier's courage with a pilgrimage trip to Syria.
Iran, especially Khorasan province, is a major transit route for drugs shipped from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Europe and the Gulf Arab states.
The authorities have waged a high-profile effort to fight drug trafficking in recent years.
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MPs demand apology from state television
Jan 13 (BBC) - Nearly one third of the deputies in the Iranian
parliament have called on the management of the state-run Iranian television
to apologise to the people and the President for airing a programme connected
to the recent killings ... FULL TEXT ... ALSO SEE
Khatami to visit to France sometime after Noruz
TEHRAN, Jan 13 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami will pay a ground-breaking visit to France sometime after the Iranian new year in March, although the date has not yet been set, the foreign ministry said Wednesday. The ministry, quoted by the official Iranian news agency, said the visit is "on the agenda" but will not take place before the Iranian new year which will start March 21 ... FULL TEXT
Iran, Britain to exchange ambassadors soon: paper
TEHRAN, Jan 13 (AFP) - Iran and Britain are to upgrade their diplomatic relations to ambassadorial level following their agreement over the British writer Salman Rushdie, a newspaper here reported Wednesday. The English-language Iran News, which is considered close to Iran's foreign ministry, said the two countries would promote their respective charges d'affaires Nicholas Browne and Gholamreza Ansari to ambassadors ... FULL TEXT
Health concerns over lack of women's physical activities
Historic bath to be preserved
Tehran (Hamshahri) - The historic Sheikh Bahai public bath in Isfahan has been registered as a national monument and will come under the preservation activities of the Cultural Heritage Foundation ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
"Waiting for Godot"
Tehran (Hamshahri) - "Waiting for Godot" -- Samuel Beckett's classic play -- is now playing in Tehran, but Hamshahri's review is not favorable. The Persian translation of the text is well done - the play itself is not ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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Sooskeh beh bachash meegoft qorbooneh dast-o-paaye boloorit beram.
(The cockroach told her child: "I love your crystal hands and feet."
= The crow thinks her own birds whitest)
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