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UN nuclear inspectors to press Iran on weapons

TEHRAN, Iran-- U.N. nuclear inspectors starting a two-day visit to Tehran on Monday sought to meet Iranian nuclear scientists and visit a key military facility as they try to gauge allegations that Iran is pushing toward making an atomic weapon.The trip is the second in less than a month by the ...

Tidy Swiss want to clean up space.

GENEVA -- Swiss scientists said Wednesday they plan to launch a "janitor satellite" specially designed to get rid of space junk, the orbiting debris that can do serious and costly damage to valuable satellites or even manned space ships.The 10-million-franc ($11-million) satellite called ...

Mexican troops seize 15 tons of pure meth

GUADALAJARA, Mexico-- Mexican troops have made a historic seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in the western state of Jalisco, an amount equivalent to half of all meth seizures worldwide in 2009.The sheer scale of the bust announced late Wednesday in the western state of Jalisco drew ...

US kills al-Qaida-linked militant in Pakistan

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan-- A U.S. drone fired two missiles at a house in Pakistan's northwest tribal region Thursday, killing five suspected militants, intelligence officials said. The Taliban identified one of them as a prominent commander who has served as a key link to al-Qaida.The ...

Norway mass killer demands medal at court hearing

OSLO, Norway-- The right-wing extremist who has admitted killing 77 people in the worst peacetime massacre that Norway has ever seen told a court Monday that he deserved a medal of honor for the bloodshed and demanded to be set free.Anders Behring Breivik smirked as he was led in to the Oslo ...

Russia, China veto UN resolution on Syria

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council failed again Saturday to take decisive action to stop the escalating violence in Syria as Russia and China blocked a resolution backing an Arab League plan that calls for President Bashar Assad to step down. The double-veto outraged the U.S. and ...

Oil to be pumped from grounded cruise ship Saturday

ROME-- A barge carrying a crane and other equipment hitched itself to the toppled Costa Concordia on Tuesday, signaling the start of preliminary operations to remove a half-million gallons of fuel from the grounded cruise ship before it leaks into the pristine Tuscan sea.Actual pumping of the ...

Car hits 12 pedestrians, 8 dead

JAKARTA, Indonesia-- A woman driving a black minivan, with her three friends as passengers, lost control of the vehicle and plowed into 12 pedestrians in front of the PLN office at Gambir, Central Jakarta, on Sunday, claiming the lives of eight people and injuring the other four, a police ...

British skier sets record for solo Antarctic trek

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina-- British adventurer Felicity Aston completed her crossing of Antarctica on Monday, becoming the first woman to ski across the icy continent alone.She did it in 59 days, pulling two sledges for 1,084 miles (1,744 kilometers) from her starting point on the Leverett ...

France retreats from Afghanistan after 4 deaths

JAIPUR, India -- President Nicolas Sarkozy's announcement Friday that France is suspending joint combat and training programs, and considering an early withdrawal from Afghanistan highlights the Taliban's possible payoff for efforts to discourage its foes from continuing to fight a long, ...