Authorities placed one of Iran's opposition leaders under house arrest on Thursday, in response to his calls for a rally in support of anti-government demonstrations in Egypt, his website said. Iran's hard-line rulers “who have also tried to capitalise on the uprising against their regional rivals in Egypt's U.S.-allied regime” are seeking to deprive their own opponents at home of any chance to reinvigorate a movement swept from the streets in a heavy military crackdown. The leader confined to his home, Mahdi Karroubi, had joined Iran's other top opposition figure, Mir Hossein Mousavi, in asking the government for permission to hold a Feb. 14 rally in support of the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

State Prosecutor Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi rejected the demand on Wednesday and warned of repercussions if the rally takes place. Instead, he said those seeking to show solidarity with Egyptian protesters should join a state-organised rally marking the 32nd anniversary of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution on Friday. — AP