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IRAN: Special UN unit on Iran

The UN nuclear agency is forming a special Iran team, drawing together sleuths in weapons technology, intelligence analysis, radiation and other fields of expertise as it seeks to add muscle to a probe of suspicions that Tehran worked secretly on atomic arms, diplomats tell The Associated Press. Creating a unit focused on only one country is an unusual move for the International Atomic Energy Agency, reflecting the priority the nuclear watchdog is attaching to Iran.

BRITAIN: He gets his wish to die

Tony Nicklinson, paralyzed and unable to speak, found life so unbearable he wanted to die. On Wednesday, he got his wish. His family said he died of pneumonia at home. In January, Nicklinson, 58, asked the High Court to declare that any doctor who killed him with his consent would not be charged with murder. The court rejected his request last week, leaving Nicklinson "devastated and heartbroken." A former corporate manager and rugby player, he was left with locked-in syndrome by a stroke in 2005. He was unable to speak or move below his neck and required constant care. He communicated mostly by blinking. His mind had remained unaffected and his condition was not terminal. One of his daughters said on Twitter that, before he died, Nicklinson had asked them to tweet "Goodbye world the time has come, I had some fun."

CHINA: Curbing protests at home

Wu Qingjun's pet issue, China's claim over a set of islands controlled by Japan, aligns him squarely with the government. But that didn't stop authorities from sending four agents to tail him during a rally in his hometown of Changsha. As Beijing continues a tense war of words with Tokyo over the islands in the East China Sea, it is quietly reining in anti-Japanese activists at home. Beijing's sensitivity over protests in several Chinese cities on Sunday reflects its perpetual fear that allowing too much freedom to hold protests, any protests, could snowball into domestic dissidence.

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