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Diplomats given tour of enrichment facility

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian state television says diplomats have toured the country's main uranium enrichment facility. Tehran hopes the visit will bolster its assurances that its nuclear work is entirely peaceful.

Iran is trying to build support ahead of more talks with world powers on its disputed atomic program in Istanbul, Turkey, this month. However, the only two participants in those talks to be invited for the weekend tour -- China and Russia -- turned Tehran down.

The European Union also rejected the invitation, saying it was up to U.N. nuclear inspectors to determine whether Iran's program has a military dimension.

Sunday's visit to the enrichment site at Natanz came a day after the diplomats from seven developing nations toured a plutonium-producing heavy water reactor at Arak.


Three women jailed in child slavery case

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) -- A Mauritania court has sentenced three women for keeping children in slavelike conditions in the West African nation.

The court sentenced the women Sunday. The women included the mothers of the two girls, 10 and 14. They were convicted of negligence and of participating in the exploitation of minors for selling their children. Each woman was given six months' imprisonment.

Mauritania outlawed slavery in 2007, but the practice persists because of lack of knowledge or resistance to its abolition. Slavery convictions remain rare.

The U.S. State Department last year gave Mauritania a failing grade for not complying with minimum international standards to eliminate the trade in human beings and sexual slavery.


3 killed in stampede at overcrowded club

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Three young women died in a stampede at a Hungarian nightclub, police said Sunday. Five people, including the organizers of the event, were taken into custody.

Thousands of people were caught up in the stampede late Saturday, and the victims may have been trampled by the rushing crowd, Budapest police spokeswoman Katalin Fanni Horvath said.

Police and medical investigators were working to determine the cause of the deaths. Police have denied reports that the victims were stabbed.

The incident occurred late Saturday at the West-Balkan nightclub in downtown Budapest, housed on several levels inside a communist-era shopping mall and office complex.

According to district officials, the venue was functioning without a full permit and being allowed to operate only until 10 p.m. with a maximum capacity of 300 people.

An estimated 2,500 people were in the nightclub when the incident occurred just before midnight, and 2,881 tickets had been sold, Night Noise Life, the organizing company, said in a message posted Sunday afternoon on its Facebook page. Interior Minister Pinter said 4,000 tickets had been printed.


Man sets fire to self; firefighter almost does

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- An Algerian media report says a man died after he set himself on fire, while officials say a firefighter threatened to immolate himself after a dispute with his superiors.

Both incidents come after a man in neighboring Tunisia set himself on fire last month, triggering protests that toppled the regime Friday of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Algeria's Liberte daily said Sunday the 37-year-old set himself alight the day before in a village near the eastern Tunisian border. He died hours later in the hospital in Annaba.

Officials also said a firefighter in the eastern town of Oum El Bouaghi splashed himself with gasoline and threatened to set himself alight before colleagues talked him out of it.

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