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The American University of Beirut was entangled in controversy Saturday after it withdrew from hosting a two-part BBC panel show citing the risk of violating sanctions rules.The university published a statement Sunday announcing that AUB's participation in the BBC panel had been entirely withdrawn.Despite having hosted several BBC events in the past, this was the first to fall through, AUB said. However, BBC producer Hesham Shawish said that there had been no consultations between the two institutions, adding that AUB's decision had been unilateral.While AUB regularly ranks among the best Arab universities, it is officially registered as an American institution and is thus beholden to American regulations. AUB declined to publicly comment on Marandi's accusations.
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