Iran summons British diplomat over Syria accusation

TEHRAN - Iran summoned Britain's top diplomat in Tehran on Thursday to reject accusations that the Islamic Republic was helping Syria crush anti-government protests.
An Iranian Foreign Ministry official told British charge d'affaires Jane Marriott that charges leveled by Foreign Secretary William Hague were "without any evidence or reason", the official IRNA news agency reported.
Hague told parliament this week that Tehran, an ally of Syria's in its support for anti-Israel militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah, had been helping to suppress protests where rights groups say hundreds of Syrians may have been killed.