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Canada pulls Iran envoy over journalist's death

By Times Wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 24, 2003

TORONTO - Canada recalled its ambassador to Iran on Wednesday after the body of a slain Montreal journalist was buried in Iran despite demands that it be returned to her son in Canada.

Zahra Kazemi, 54, who held dual Iranian and Canadian citizenship, was buried in Shiraz, Iran, Wednesday, 12 days after she died from injuries suffered inside an Iranian jail. She was arrested June 23 while taking photographs outside a Tehran prison during a student protest.

Iranian officials said in an official report that Kazemi died of a fractured skull suffered during 77 hours of interrogation. The report by an Iranian presidential committee disputed earlier assertions by government officials that Kazemi had died of a stroke.

Tourists allowed to return to Eiffel Tower after fire

PARIS - Tourists poured back into the Eiffel Tower on Wednesday, a day after an electrical fire - possibly fueled by wet paint - sent smoke wafting from the Paris landmark and thousands of people scurrying for exits.

Tower executives played down the Tuesday evening incident, saying a temporary shutdown and evacuation were necessary after the fire erupted in sealed-off telecommunications room on the third floor, the highest level accessible to visitors.

By Wednesday morning, the tower was open again for business. Workers cleaned up charred debris even as visitors flooded back.

Reports: "God's Banker' was murdered in 1982

ROME - Prosecutors investigating the apparent 1982 suicide of Roberto Calvi, the Vatican-connected financier implicated in Italy's biggest postwar banking scandal, have concluded he was murdered, reports said Wednesday.

Four suspects in the case, including an alleged mafioso, have been notified of the conclusions but have not been indicted, the ANSA news agency reported. Their lawyers have 20 days to respond, it said.

RAI state television said prosecutors believe the Mafia killed Calvi, dubbed "God's Banker" because of his ties with the Vatican's bank and its former top official, Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, because he lost their money and knew too much about their operations.

Report: Pirate attacks in '03 setting record

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Pirate attacks worldwide hit record numbers in the first half of 2003 with the heaviest violence in the waters of Indonesia and Bangladesh, a maritime watchdog group said today.

The shipping industry suffered 234 attacks from January through June this year, up 37 percent compared with 171 incidents during the same period in 2002, the International Maritime Bureau said.

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