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June 25th, 2009
World Links: Iran Arrests Dissidents and Pressures Mousavi, China Restricts Internet Access

Defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hussein Mousavi says on his website that he is under pressure to withdraw his complaint over the disputed re-election. Iranian authorities arrest 70 professors who previously met with Mousavi. The U.S. withdraws invitations to Iranian diplomats to attend U.S. Independence Day celebrations on 4th of July.

At least seven bombs explode throughout Iraq as a rise in violence continues ahead of the planned withdrawal of 133,000 U.S. troops from Iraqi cities by June 30.

Air France says the bodies of two crew members have been recovered from the crash of the passenger jet that plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil. Rescue teams have found about 50 bodies so far from the flight.

The Chinese Health Ministry implements sharp restrictions on Internet access to medical research papers on sexual subjects as part of an “anti-pornography campaign” that may lead to a broader crackdown on freedom of expression. Google access is also blocked overnight in China.

Russia’s Supreme Court overturns the acquittal of four men accused of involvement in the murder of the investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya and orders a new trial.

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