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UN Agency Says Iran has Knowledge Required to Make Nuke

A new confidential report by the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency says that Iran has the information necessary to make a nuclear device. However, the agency has also cautioned that it has no proof Iran has started the complicated physical process of making a weapon, New York Times. Leaked excerpts of the report, Institute for Science and International Security.

Rescue experts from Rapid UK and International Rescue Corps have arrived in Indonesia to help search for victims of a massive earthquake that occurred on Wednesday. 1,100 people have already been declared dead and rescuers fear that another 3,000-4,000 may be trapped under rubble. The earthquake was centered near the city of Padang, BBC News. In pictures, BBC News.

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and defacto President Robert Micheletti have agreed to talks, though it is unlikely the two will meet in person. President Zelaya was forced to leave the country in June after a coup by military leaders. Opponents of President Zelaya claim that he was trying to change the country’s Constitution so that he could serve a longer term as President. The President of the Honduran Congress, Robert Micheletti, was sworn in as the new president in June. However, world leaders have not accepted his presidency and have stated that Mr. Zelaya needs to be reinstalled as president. Mr. Zelaya returned to Honduras in late September and is currently living in the Brazilian Embassy. Soldiers are stationed outside the Embassy ready to arrest Mr. Zelaya if he leaves, Voice of America.

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Iran to Send ‘Most’ of Newly Disclosed Enriched Uranium to Russia

Talks in Geneva, Switzerland between Iran, the U.S., Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany ended successfully today. Iran has agreed to ship most of the enriched uranium produced at a recently disclosed nuclear site to Russia and France to be used as fuel for medical isotopes. There is currently a world shortage of medical isotopes, Reuters. Iran will also allow inspectors into the facility, New York Times.

Hundreds of people remain missing after tsunamis struck the Pacific islands of Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga. The death toll currently stands at just under 200, but entire villages were washed away and emergency workers are still looking for survivors, Reuters.

Just days after being hit by Typhoon Ketsana, the Philippines is bracing for another storm, Typhoon Parma, which is expected to reach the area by Saturday, Reuters.

Rescue teams are still looking for survivors in Padang, Indonesia, Al Jazeera. The earthquake was not unexpected, especially in Padang which lies on one of the Earth’s most active fault lines, BBC News. Eyewitness accounts by two Britons living in Padang, BBC News.  

Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis announced that he will retire at the end of the year. Lewis was criticized for his decision to buy failing brokerage firm Merrill Lynch earlier this year. Though Bank of America’s stock is currently trading for less than it did in 2001, Lewis will retire with a more than $53 million pension plan, CNN.

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