World Bulletin / News Desk
One of Europe's leading satellite providers said it had taken Iranian state television and radio channels off the air to comply with tougher European Union sanctions on the Islamic state.
Iranian officials said the move by Paris-based Eutelsat was illegal and against the West's own principles of free speech, state media reported on Tuesday.
The Eutelsat decision hit 19 channels provided by Iran's state broadcasting network (IRIB) including English-language Press TV - used by Tehran to broadcast its news and views beyond the country's borders.
Iran's Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Mohammad Hosseini said the shut-down was illegal and "a clear violation of the West's claim for supporting freedom of speech and information," the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported.
The European Union stepped up sanctions on Iran's banking, shipping, and industrial sectors on Monday over Tehran.
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International judge Mark Harmon has announced his resignation. He is the fourth judge to quit so far.
A massive scam worth some $1 billion is unfolding in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
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Special task force set up to probe allegations that Najib Razak pocketed $700 million of public funds gathering documents
Nepal's diverse marginalized and minority groups clamor for their rights to be protected in constitution
Suicide bomber detonates car loaded with explosives near foreign convoy in Kabul
Religious minorities in Nepal insist on constitution that protects their rights
Kashmiri leaders, activists say ex-Indian intelligence chief's claims designed to undermine independence movement
Fighters claiming loyalty to ISIL have been clashing with rival Taliban militants in eastern Afghanistan
Hillary Clinton accused China of stealing commercial secrets. Asked about the remarks, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said the two sides had taken a "constructive spirit" in tackling the issue.