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Editor Gulzhan Erghalieva
ALMATY -- A Kazakh court has ordered the three-month suspension of an opposition website.

Gulzhan Erghalieva, the chief editor of the website -- -- said that the Almaty court gave no reasons for the suspension.

Last month, prosecutors requested that two opposition groups and dozens of opposition media outlets be designated as extremist.

Activities of the unregistered opposition Algha (Forward) party and at least three media outlets have been suspended since then.

Algha leader Vladimir Kozlov was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison in October for his role in a mass strike by oil workers in the western town of Zhanaozen that ended in violence in December 2011.

Opposition activists say Koslov's prosecution was politically motivated.

The banned media outlets extensively covered Koslov's trial and the events in Zhanaozen.

With reporting by Interfax
Nasrin Sotoudeh
Prominent Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has ended her hunger strike after 49 days, her husband Reza Khandan wrote on his Facebook page.

Sotoudeh had stopped eating on October 17 to protest pressure on her family, including a travel ban on her 12-year-old daughter.

Khandan wrote on December 4 that Sotoudeh broke her hunger strike after the authorities removed the ban on her daughter.

Sotoudeh, the winner of the European Parliament's 2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, is serving a six-year sentence on charges of acting against national security and spreading propaganda.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay earlier urged Iran to free Sotoudeh, whose health had reportedly been deteriorating as a result of her hunger strike.

Last week, the United States also called on Iran to immediately release the 49-year-old Sotoudeh.

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