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Ira­nian re­li­gious leader dies:

Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency on Satur­day re­ported that a prore­form re­li­gious leader, who sided with an op­po­si­tion pres­i­den­tial can­di­date dur­ing the tur­moil fol­low­ing the con­tro­ver­sial 2009 elec­tions, has died. He was 83.

Ay­a­tol­lah Yousef Saanei died in a hos­pi­tal in the holy city of Qom af­ter be­ing hos­pi­tal­ized for two days with a bro­ken hip and wrist, IRNA said. Qom is known for its Shi­ite sem­i­nar­ies that at­tract stu­dents from across Iran and other coun­tries.

In 2009, Saanei had sup­ported op­po­si­tion leader Mir Hos­sein Mousavi and crit­i­cized hard-liner Mah­moud Ah­madine­jad, who beat Mousavi in that year’s dis­puted elec­tions. Mousavi’s elec­toral de­feat led to the wide­spread Green Move­ment protests, which were put down by Ira­nian se­cu­rity forces. (AP)

France urges E3 unity: The French For­eign Min­istry on Thurs­day stressed the need for France, Bri­tain and Ger­many (E3) to take a joint ap­proach to pre­serve the 2015 Vi­enna nu­clear ac­cords with Iran and avoid ef­forts and tor­pe­do­ing those agree­ments.

For­eign Min­is­ter Jean-Yves Le Drian at­tended a meet­ing with his E3 coun­ter­parts in Lon­don Thurs­day af­ter­noon to dis­cuss the Ira­nian sit­u­a­tion, a meet­ing se­nior EU of­fi­cials took part in by video-con­fer­ence, the For­eign Min­istry re­vealed.

Le Drian stressed to his Euro­pean part­ners that it was par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant to take joint ap­proaches and po­si­tions on the Ira­nian file, “no­tably in the con­text of the in­valid at­tempt of the United States to re-es­tab­lish multi-lat­eral sanc­tions against Iran.” (KUNA)

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