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Al Jazeera English - Middle East - 'Mousavi nephew' among Iran dead

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - 'Mousavi nephew' among Iran dead: "The nephew of Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi is reportedly among at least five people killed in continuing clashes between police and protesters.

An aide to the leader said that Seyyed Ali Mousavi died after being shot by the police, but the claim could not be independently verified as foreign media are barred by the authorities from covering street unrest.

Police confirmed that five people were killed in 'suspicious way' during clashes in the capital Tehran on Sunday, but denied that they were using live ammunition against the protesters.

'Specialists are trying to identify the suspect perpetrators of this incident,' a statement carried by the official IRNA news agency said.

Ahmad Reza Radan, Iran's deputy police chief, also said that 300 protesters had been arrested following the violence.

He also acknowledged that 'several people' had been killed in the unrest.

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Al Jazeera English - GAZA: ONE YEAR ON - 'Birth defects' from Israeli bombs

Al Jazeera English - GAZA: ONE YEAR ON - 'Birth defects' from Israeli bombs: "Focus GAZA: ONE YEAR ON
'Birth defects' from Israeli bombs

Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip in 2006 and last winter have left a high concentration of toxic metals in its soil, according to the findings of a weapons research group made up of independent doctors and scientists based in Italy.

Doctors in Gaza believe the toxic wastes, along with the trauma of war, is the reason they're seeing a high number of babies with birth defects.

Sherine Tadros reports from Gaza."

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Gazans mark anniversary of war

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Gazans mark anniversary of war: "Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are marking one year since the start of Israel's 22-day offensive on the territory, which left hundreds dead and damaged millions of dollars worth of infrastructure.

Hamas officials held a ceremony on Sunday outside the destroyed Palestinian Legislative Council building in Gaza City - one of the first targets of the assault.

Air raid sirens were turned on at 11:20am (9:20 GMT), the exact time that the aerial bombardment began.

Ismail Haniya, the deposed Palestinian prime minister, was expected to unveil a plaque commemorating the 1,600 people that Hamas officials say were killed during the war.

Other estimates put the Palestinian death toll closer to 1,400, the majority of whom were civilians, including around 400 children.

Thirteen Israelis were also killed during the war - 10 soldiers and three civilians.

A month of events are planned to commemorate the war in Gaza.

Sombre mood

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