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IRAN: Sabotage claim on nuke plans

Iran's nuclear chief said Monday that "terrorists and saboteurs" might have infiltrated the International Atomic Energy Agency in an effort to derail his nation's atomic program. It was Tehran's harshest attack on the integrity of the UN organization and its investigation of allegations that Iran is striving to make nuclear arms. Fereydoun Abbasi also rebuked the United States in comments to the IAEA's 155- nation general conference, reflecting Iran's determination to continue defying international pressure aimed at curbing its nuclear program and nudging it toward cooperation with the IAEA inspection. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a direct appeal Sunday to U.S. voters to elect a president willing to draw a "red line" with Iran.


AFGHANISTAN: Afghan court thwarts U.S.

An Afghan judicial panel ruled Monday that administrative detention violates Afghan law, potentially thwarting a U.S. plan to hand over Afghan detainees that American officials believe should continue to be held without trial. President Hamid Karzai's office announced that a top-level judicial panel decided that the detention of Afghan citizens without a court trial "has not been foreseen in Afghan laws" and thus could not be used. The U.S. government has long held Afghans captured in operations in the country without trial, arguing that they are enemy combatants and therefore can be detained for as long as their release might pose a danger to the international coalition. The deadline for the handover passed on Sept. 10, but the Americans are still holding more than 600 Afghans in their custody.


CONGO: Ebola toll climbs to 31

The death toll in an outbreak of the Ebola virus in northeastern Congo has more than doubled to 31 over the past week, while 38 other people are either suspected of having the disease or are definitely infected, the UN health agency said. Aid workers fear that the disease may be spreading in part through traditional funeral practices in the region.

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