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Iran cleric says bad driving a sin as 700 die over new year

TEHRAN: Some 700 people were killed over the Persian new year on roads in Iran, which are among the deadliest in the world despite Islamic leaders declaring bad driving a sin. The two-week break for Nowruz that ended at the weekend actually saw a 12-percent improvement on last year's death toll, police chief Taghi Mehri said on Tuesday. But the horrific loss of life -- with more than half a million killed over the past two decades -- has led religious leaders to step in. "Violating traffic laws is a sin, and following…