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EU's Ashton Too Racy For Iranian Newspapers

Catherine Ashton (left) and Said Jalili arrive for talks in Istanbul, which she later described as "disappointing."
Catherine Ashton (left) and Said Jalili arrive for talks in Istanbul, which she later described as "disappointing."
The shirt of EU foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton at her Istanbul meeting with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Said Jalili, was apparently too revealing in the eyes of Iranian officials and official media.

Some state-controlled newspapers decided to redesign her top and make it more "Islamic."

An opposition website has posted an unretouched picture of Ashton with Jalili, and the same picture as it appeared on the front page of a number of Iranian newspapers.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari
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by: Feridoun
January 23, 2011 19:02
While they were at it, why not airbrush in a chador as well?
In Response

by: bubba smith
January 24, 2011 21:26
I recommend a bag!!

by: Elza from: USA
January 27, 2011 20:18
She was disappointed? Has she considered what a disappointment she herself may have been -- a "diplomat" who displays such disregard for the simple rules of decorum and propriety of the people she meets with?

by: Lee Smith from: USA
January 28, 2011 21:41
Can you imagine a man showing that much chest at a formal diplomatic event?

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