TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's embattled opposition leaders accused the government of becoming more brutal than the shah's regime in Web statements Saturday, and authorities announced a new Internet crackdown aimed at choking off the reform movement's last real means of keeping its campaign alive.
Two of Iran's top pro-reform figures said police used excessive force against anti-government protesters who took to the streets last week on the sidelines of state-sanctioned rallies to mark the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover.
Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi said authorities wielding batons even struck women on their heads. They called such treatment an ugly act that was not even seen during Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi's response to the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled him.
Caribbean island to export its water
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The lush but poor Caribbean island of Dominica will allow an export company to ship billions of gallons of its river water to parched countries around the globe, officials said Saturday.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit's Cabinet signed a deal Thursday with a Colorado company to collect drinking water from the volcanic island's interior and ship it to countries as far away as the Middle East, said Lucien Blackmoore, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Public Utilities, Energy and Ports.
Blackmoore said studies found extracting the water will not harm islanders or damage the delicate ecological mix of Dominica, a tropical island of 71,000 people about 30 miles long and 16 miles.
Violent incidents in Mexico kill 15 in a day
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Authorities say a 7-year-old boy, three women and a university professor are among 15 people who were killed in a single day in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez.
State prosecutor's spokesman Arturo Sandoval says the child was traveling with his father in a pickup truck when gunmen opened fire Friday, killing them both.
Sandoval says three women were shot to death in two separate incidents. A university professor was killed in a residential area.
Sandoval says that nine other men were killed in six separate incidents.