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Iran cracks down on sale of Barbie dolls

January 20, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Dozens of toy shops in Iran have been forced to close as part of a crackdown on Barbie dolls.

The country's religious leaders first declared Barbie un-Islamic in 1996, but recently issued a new order to remove the dolls from store shelves.

The toys continue to be popular among young people and some shop owners have been selling them in secret to avoid being shut down.

Barbie dolls are sold wearing swimsuits and miniskirts in a society where women must wear headscarves in public, and men and women are not allowed to swim together.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.