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79-year-old Iranian opposition leader calls off hunger strike but will remain under house arrest

79-year-old Iranian opposition leader calls off hunger strike but will remain under house arrest

One of Iran’s leading opposition politicians called off a hunger strike from his hospital bed on Thursday after intelligence officials agreed to withdraw agents from his house, where he has been under arrest for six years.

Mehdi Karroubi, a 79-year-old who suffers from heart disease and was recently outfitted with a pacemaker, was hospitalized Thursday morning with high blood pressure, hours after beginning the hunger strike.

He demanded that authorities remove the 12 intelligence agents posted around the clock at his home and set a date for him to stand trial, said his son, Mohammad Taghi Karroubi. The elder Karroubi, who led a protest movement after the disputed 2009...

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