Iran detains several journalists outside of Tehran

Iran's Intelligence Ministry detained several journalists outside of this capital city for allegedly receiving money from abroad, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported Sunday. The ministry said in a statement that the journalists, who were arrested in an unspecified province, allegedly confessed that they had received money from abroad to publish materials deemed against national security interests, according to IRNA. The news agency did not say how many journalists were arrested or exactly where the arrests occurred but referred to the journalists as "separatists." The state-run agency also accused the U.S. as being behind plots to "sow discord among various ethnic groups" in Iran.