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IRAN: Cyber attack at nuke plants

Iran's nuclear facilities have suffered a cyber attack that shut down computers and played music from the rock band AC/DC, F-Secure Security Labs website says. A new worm targeted the nuclear program, closing down the "automation network" at the Natanz and Fordo facilities, the Internet security site reported. The virus was said to have prompted several of the computers on site to play the song "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC at full volume in the middle of the night. Iran's nuclear program and oil facilities have been subject to a succession of cyber attacks that the Foreign Ministry blames on hostile governments. Iran accuses the United States and Israel of trying to sabotage its technological progress.

FRANCE: Copter test crash kills 7

Six people aboard a helicopter died Wednesday when it crashed in flames in an area often called France's answer to the Grand Canyon. Francis Mene, a defense official, said the helicopter was on a test flight in the Verdon Gorge in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in the southeast. All six were employees of aviation company Eurocopter. The EADS-owned firm said the craft was being delivered to a buyer.

MEXICO: 7 miners die in explosion

A coal mine explosion in the north killed seven miners Wednesday, officials said, highlighting lax safety regulations in small mines. The bodies of the men, aged between 20 and 39, were brought to the surface in an hours-long rescue effort, said a Coahuila state emergency services official. He said a pocket of gas probably caused the explosion 246 feet down.

AFGHANISTAN: 7 children are bomb victims

An insurgent bomb targeting police at a fresh water spring instead killed seven children grazing farm animals, officials said Wednesday. The bomb, planted next to a spring in the Taywara district of western Ghor province, was triggered accidentally Tuesday by children tending cattle.

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