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Israel, Iran exchange N-accusations at forum

VIENNA (AP) -- Blaming Israel for assassinating its nuclear scientists, Iran said Tuesday that it would not retaliate for the "ugly phenomenon" but would seek more international support against such killings.

Israel, in turn, accused Tehran of secretly working on nuclear arms, warning that it may be the first nation to develop such weapons while being a member of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. The recriminations occurred at a meeting of the 151-nation International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran is under four sets of U.N. Security Council sanctions for not mothballing a program that can make both nuclear fuel or fissile warhead material.

Israel has not commented on Iran's accusation that it was behind the killings of at least two nuclear scientists and the wounding of a third since January 2010. The Iranian delegation showed a film featuring Majid Jamali Fashi -- who Iran says is the killer of one of the scientists -- asserting that he was recruited by Israel.


26 killed in gun attack on Shiite pilgrim bus

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Suspected Sunni extremists opened fire on Shiite Muslim pilgrims traveling by bus through southwest Pakistan on Tuesday en route to Iran, killing 26 people and wounding six, officials and survivors said.

Sunni militants with ideological and operational links to al-Qaida and the Taliban have carried out scores of bombings and shootings against Shiites in recent years, but this attack was especially bloody.

At least eight attackers in a pickup truck blocked the path of the bus as it traveled through Baluchistan province and then forced the passengers off, said Khushhal Khan, driver of the vehicle.

The passengers tried to run away, but the gunmen opened fire, Khan said.

The attackers then drove off, leaving the dying and wounded where they lay.

Pakistan is a majority Sunni Muslim state and about 15 percent Shiite. Baluchistan is a lawless, poverty-stricken province that borders Afghanistan and is home to scores of militants, as well as separatist rebels. Shiites there have been routinely attacked in recent years.


Men-free crowd policy remedies soccer unrest

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey tried a new approach to curbing crowd violence at soccer games -- kick out all the men but let women and children attend for free.

Under new rules approved by Turkey's soccer association, only women and children younger than 12 will be admitted to games involving teams sanctioned for unruly fan behavior.

Tuesday, Fenerbahce soccer club handed out free tickets, and more than 41,000 women and children attended the game against Manisaspor in Istanbul. Women formed long lines around Sukru Saracoglu stadium, some carrying babies in the team's colors, for an opportunity to watch the game.

Before the game, Fenerbahce and Manisaspor players tossed flowers amid the fans. The visiting team was greeted with applause, instead of the usual jeering, the Anatolia news agency reported.

In July, Fenerbahce was ordered to play two home games without spectators after its fans stormed the field at an exhibition game against Ukrainian champion Shakhtar Donetsk.

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