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U.N. approves moving group of Iranian exiles

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The United Nations says it has signed an agreement with the Iraqi government to move a group of Iranian exiles living in a camp in northeastern Iraq.

In a statement late Sunday, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq said the agreement establishes a process to move the residents to a temporary location.

From there, the U.N.'s refugee agency will process them with the idea of eventually resettling them in another country.

The exiles live in a camp northeast of Baghdad and are dedicated to overthrowing the Iranian government.


Two killed by gunmen hunting Gadhafi ally

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- A resident of a city in western Libya says at least two people were killed after gunmen ransacked a home in search of a regime figure once loyal to Moammar Gadhafi.

Basem al-Tarhoni says angry residents in Tarhouna retaliated by torching the headquarters of some 100 fighters who helped topple the longtime leader from power.

The clashes took place on the same day security ministers announced a program for integrating former rebels in civil institutions. The ministers gave few details and offered no timetable for disarming fighters.


Execution method debated in adultery

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Authorities in Iran said Sunday they are again moving ahead with plans to execute a woman sentenced to death by stoning on an adultery conviction in a case that sparked an international outcry, but are considering whether to carry out the punishment by hanging instead.

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is already behind bars, serving a 10-year sentence on a separate conviction in the murder of her husband. Amid the international outrage her case generated, Iran in July 2010 suspended plans to carry out her death sentence on the adultery conviction.

Sunday, a senior judiciary official said experts were studying whether the punishment of stoning could be changed to hanging.

"As soon as the result [of the investigation] is obtained, we will carry out the sentence," said Malek Ajdar Sharifi, head of the justice department of East Azerbaijan province, where Ashtiani is jailed.

Ashtiani was convicted of adultery in 2006 after the murder of her husband.

She was later convicted of being an accessory to her husband's murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison.


Arab League urged to seek U.N. action

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria's top opposition leader called Sunday on the Arab League to bring the U.N. into the effort to stop the regime's bloody crackdown on dissent as security forces pressed ahead with raids and arrests and killed at least seven more people.

Burhan Ghalioun, the Paris-based leader of the Syrian National Council, made the plea as Arab League officials were setting up teams of foreign monitors as part of their plan aimed at ending nine months of turmoil that the U.N. says has killed more than 5,000 people.

Sunday, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees activist groups said troops shelled the town of Juraithi in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, killing one person. They added that security forces killed three others in the village of Kouriyeh, also in Deir el-Zour.