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BBC correspondent ordered out of Iran

TEHRAN, June 21 (UPI) -- Iran has demanded that the BBC's correspondent in Tehran leave the country within 24 hours, the British broadcaster says.

The BBC said even with the departure of Jon Leyne, its permanent correspondent in Iran, its Tehran bureau would remain open. It said Leyne reported for BBC radio, TV and online.

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Foreign correspondents have been operating in Iran under severe restrictions in the wake of protests in the capital against the results of presidential elections showing hard-line incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the winner of a second term.

The BBC and Britain have been singled out by the Iranian government for allegedly meddling in the country's internal affairs, the broadcaster said.

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