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Premier says Iran aims to destroy his country

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Iran is seeking atomic weapons to destroy Israel, and world powers should not make any concessions over its nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday.

Netanyahu made the remarks as Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, is on a one-day visit to Tehran that could lead to the resumption of probes on whether Iran has secretly worked on a nuclear weapon.

Much of the West believes Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons, a charge that Iran denies. Israel, which has threatened to strike Iran, views a nuclear Iran as an existential threat due to frequent calls by Tehran for its destruction.

"Iran wants to destroy Israel, and it is developing nuclear weapons to fulfill that goal," Netanyahu said. "Against this malicious intention, leading world powers need to display determination and not weakness. They should not make any concessions to Iran," he said.


Army charges cartel ordered 49 killings

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The army charged Monday that the top leaders of the Zetas drug cartel ordered underlings to leave 49 mutilated bodies in a northern Mexico town square, then had banners hung around the country denying responsibility in an effort to have enemies blamed for the massacre.

The allegation came during a news conference to present the alleged Zetas local leader detained in the killings, Daniel Jesus Elizondo Ramirez.

He allegedly got orders from Zetas leaders Miguel-Angel Trevino Morales and Heriberto Lazcano to dump the bodies in the town square of Cadereyta in the border state of Nuevo Leon.

Brig. Gen. Edgar Luis Villegas said Elizondo Ramirez, despite his nickname of "El Loco," or the Crazy One, apparently got nervous about dumping the hacked-up bodies in the town and instead dumped them on a highway outside Cadereyta.

The bodies, with their heads, hands and feet hacked off, were found May 13.


Bus carrying students falls off cliff; 12 die

TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- A bus carrying Aleksander Xhuvani University students on a pregraduation trip toppled off a mountain cliff in southern Albania on Monday, killing 12 people and injuring another 21, authorities said.

The bus carrying 33 people fell 80 yards off the road near the town of Himare, 137 miles south of the capital, Tirana, police said.