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Governor pushes English instruction

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The governor of Puerto Rico is trying to do what more than a century of American citizenship has failed to accomplish: teach Puerto Ricans to speak English as well as they do Spanish.

Gov. Luis Fortuno has proposed an ambitious, and what critics call far-fetched, plan to require all public schools to teach all courses in English while still offering Spanish grammar and literature classes.

The U.S. territory has had a long and contentious relationship with the English language, and many Puerto Ricans are skeptical about embracing it, fearing they will lose a key part of their identity and find themselves a step closer to statehood, a status that only about half have backed in recent polls.

The Republican governor wants Puerto Rico to become the 51st U.S. state. But he says his plan is about economic necessity, not politics.



U.N. inspector dies in crash near reactor

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A U.N. nuclear inspector from South Korea was killed and a colleague was injured in a car crash Tuesday near a reactor site in central Iran, state media and the nuclear watchdog agency said.

Iran's state TV said the South Korean inspector was thrown from of the car. He was not wearing a seat belt, the report said, quoting police. The two inspectors were riding in the backseat of the car.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement it was in touch with the inspectors' families and Iranian authorities.



Sarkozy marks end of World War II

PARIS (AP) -- In his last state ceremony before stepping down as president, Nicolas Sarkozy led commemorations in Paris on Tuesday marking the end of World War II in Europe.

Sarkozy was joined by President-elect Francois Hollande, and the two political rivals stood side by side at the Arc de Triomphe war memorial.

To the stirring anthem "The Marseillaise," a solemn-looking Sarkozy began the proceedings by laying a wreath at the statue of Charles de Gaulle, the former president and leader of the Free French Forces.

The Arc de Triomphe has a special significance since Adolf Hitler marched his Nazi troops through the iconic monument when Germany took France over in 1940. It also was the site where Allied troops celebrated victory over Germany 67 years ago.