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Some 15,000 Families Homeless In Iran Earthquake

Residents in Khaleq Ali mourn after the quake on March 31 (epa) April 1, 2006 -- Iranian officials say a series of earthquakes that killed more than 70 people in western Iran on March 31 also left 15,000 families homeless.

Latest official reports said 330 villages were affected by the quake, some of them completely flattened.

Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad-Baqir Zolqadr said relief operations have finished and no more bodies are believed to be under the debris.

The United Nations said it was sending a team of experts to assess Iran's needs following the earthquake. The United States offered humanitarian aid supplies.

Russia today scrapped plans to send rescuers and medical teams after Iran said they were not needed. But a Russian Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman said Iran welcomed an offer of aid.

(dpa, AP)

Iran's Drug Problem

Iran's Drug Problem


DRUG USE ON THE RISE: The Iranian approach to drug control is very relevant to the rest of the world, because Iran's neighbor, Afghanistan, is the world's leading producer of opium. Iran leads the international community in global opium seizure rates and it is second to Pakistan in opiate seizures, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Iran also leads the world in the prevalence of drug abuse (2.8 percent of the population aged 15 or older), according to the UNODC.(more)

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