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>Iran formally asked to shift nuclear site

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia formally proposed to Iran on Saturday that it move its uranium enrichment facilities to Russian territory, raising pressure on the Tehran regime to accept the Western-backed plan for restraining its nuclear program.

Iran insists the program solely aims to produce fuel for atomic reactors that would generate electricity; it also denies U.S. charges it is trying to develop nuclear weapons in violation of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

Washington and the European Union have warned about taking Tehran before the U.N. Security Council for consideration of sanctions over the dispute. But Russia and China, which have vetoes on the council, oppose referral, and the West has stopped short of forcing the matter.

Iranian officials didn't immediately comment on the offer.


>U.S. rebukes conviction of government opponent

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- A court convicted Ayman Nour, a leading government opponent, Saturday of forging petition signatures, drawing a sharp rebuke from the United States, which called the verdict a blow to the rule of law in Egypt.

Nour was sentenced to five years in prison, capping a
monthslong legal process that generated widespread international criticism and strained Egypt's relations with the United States, an ally that is pressing for democratic reforms in various Middle East countries.

"The conviction of Mr. Nour, the runner-up in Egypt's 2005 presidential elections, calls into question Egypt's commitment to democracy, freedom and the rule of law," the White House said in a statement.


>Father kills four girls after one weds for love

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) -- A father angry that his eldest daughter had married for love slit her throat as she slept, then killed three other daughters in a remote village in eastern Pakistan, police said Saturday.

Nazir Ahmad, a laborer in his 40s, feared the younger girls, 4 to 12 years old, would follow in their 25-year-old sister's footsteps, said Shahzad Gul, a police officer.

Hundreds of women are killed in Pakistan every year, many by male relatives, after they are accused of having affairs or marrying for love without their families' consent.

Ahmad surrendered to police in Burewala, about 70 miles east of Multan, a main city in eastern Punjab province, Gul said.

"He told us today that he has killed his daughters, and we arrested him," the officer said.

Gul said the man's eldest daughter, Muqadas Bibi, had married the man of her choice against her father's wishes several weeks ago.

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