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U.N. affirms opposition to Iran's nuclear efforts

UNITED NATIONS: The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution yesterday reaffirming previous sanctions on Iran for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment program and offering Tehran incentives to do so. The speedy vote followed a compromise between the United States and Russia to lead a new council effort to condemn Iran's nuclear program, without introducing any new sanctions. The brief resolution reaffirmed the three earlier Security Council sanctions resolutions, which imposed progressively tougher sanctions on Iran for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment program. U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said the council had restated its call for Iran to comply with the resolutions and cooperate with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran's mission to the United Nations condemned the resolution as "unwarranted and unconstructive" and said Iran remained determined to exercise "its inalienable right for peaceful uses of nuclear technology."

Senate vote sends spending bill to Bush

WASHINGTON: Automakers gained $25 billion in taxpayer-subsidized loans, and oil companies won elimination of a long-standing ban on drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as the Senate passed a sprawling spending bill yesterday. The 78-12 vote sent the $634 billion measure to President Bush, who was expected to sign it. The measure is needed to keep the government operating beyond the current budget year, which ends Tuesday. The Pentagon is in line for a record budget. In addition to $70 billion approved this summer for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Defense Department would receive $488 billion, a 6 percent increase. The spending bill also offers aid to victims of flooding in the Midwest and recent hurricanes across the Gulf Coast.

Event marks 10 years since Shepard murder

LARAMIE, Wyo.: The nation - along with the city of Laramie - has become more accepting of gay men and lesbians in the 10 years since a gay University of Wyoming student was beaten, lashed to a fence and left to die, his mother said yesterday. Judy Shepard spoke at a ceremony dedicating a bench to her son, Matthew Shepard, who died Oct. 12, 1998, five days after he was found brutally beaten and tied to the fence outside Laramie. The two men who killed him are serving life sentences in prison. The crime triggered nationwide revulsion and prompted a re-examination of attitudes toward gays.

Bomb blast kills one, wounds 17 in India

NEW DELHI, India: A small bomb went off in a busy market in the Indian capital yesterday, killing a boy and wounding at least 17 people, officials said. The attack occurred two weeks after synchronized blasts killed 24 people in three areas of the city. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for yesterday's attack.

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