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Iran pulls out of diplomatic event

Updated: October 27, 2011, 1:41 PM ET
Associated Press

MONACO -- North and South Korea and India and Pakistan are among 10 nations competing in the latest version of pingpong diplomacy, but Iran backed out of a chance to compete alongside American players.

Iran has been listed for months as a participant in the Nov. 21-22 table tennis event in Qatar. No reason was given by Iran for its sudden withdrawal, said Valerie Amant, spokeswoman for Monaco-based Peace and Sport, which is helping organize the tournament.

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