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BRITAIN: BBC's sex scandal widens

A sexual abuse scandal shaking the BBC broadened Tuesday, with the publicly funded broadcaster saying it is investigating claims of abuse and harassment against nine staff members and contributors, in addition to the late disgraced children's TV host Jimmy Savile. The BBC has been rocked by allegations that Savile, who died last year, abused underage teens over several decades, sometimes on BBC premises. Some of the alleged victims accused other entertainers and BBC staff of participating in abuse during the 1960s, '70s and '80s. Director-general George Entwistle told lawmakers Tuesday that some of the alleged offenses at the BBC, which employs 20,000 people, dated to years ago, but the victims had come forward since the Savile scandal erupted.


SWEDEN: Robbing helpless fallen man

Nadar Khiari, 28, a Tunisian who was caught on security camera stealing from a man who had fallen onto the tracks on the Stockholm subway, then leaving him to be hit by a train, was sentenced Tuesday to 1 1/2 years in prison for theft. A court ordered Khiari to pay $1,800 in damages to his victim and ruled that he will be deported after serving his sentence. He was not charged with leaving the man on the tracks; Swedish law does not require people to help. The September incident stirred outrage after the footage was broadcast on TV and went viral around the world. The victim was hit by a train and lost a foot, but survived. Khiari confessed to stealing the man's cellphone, a silver case and a gold necklace, saying he was unemployed and needed money for food and medicine.


IRAN: Top leaders admonished

State television called for an end to the public dispute between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and political rivals after his application to visit a jailed aide was rejected by judicial authorities. The broadcaster, whose head is appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said officials need to set aside their differences and address pressing economic woes.

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