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Iran Ends CNN Ban


The Iranian government has lifted its ban on the Cable News Network, which was imposed for misquoting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad because of a translation error.

Officials say Mr. Ahmadinejad asked the cultural ministry to lift the ban late Monday, after CNN apologized for the mistake.

Hours earlier, Iran barred CNN journalists from the country for misquoting the president as speaking of "nuclear weapons" when he actually spoke of "nuclear technology" during a recent news conference.

CNN says the Farsi word for "technology" was mistakenly translated into "weapons."

The U.S.-based network does not have a permanent correspondent in Iran. But reporters have occasionally been allowed to enter the country for brief assignments.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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