Lula resumes program for nuke plant, sub
SAO PAULO — President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva yesterday revived the country's nuclear program, promising to complete a nuclear submarine and a third atomic power plant both mothballed 20 years ago.
"Brazil could rank among those few nations in the world with a command of uranium-enrichment technology, and I think we will be more highly valued as a nation — as the power we wish to be," Mr. Lula da Silva said at the navy's Technological Center in Sao Paulo.
"If money was lacking, it won't be lacking now," he said.
Finishing the nuclear submarine would cost an estimated $68 million over eight years, he added.
U.N. monitors asked to verify nuke shutdown
VIENNA, Austria — North Korea yesterday invited International Atomic Energy Agency monitors to verify a promised shutdown of its atomic bomb program and they will travel to the country within the next few days, the IAEA said.
The agency's receipt of a formal invitation signaled that Pyongyang expected it would receive a first batch of fuel oil from South Korea later this week, a step it had said would allow it to start closing sensitive nuclear facilities.
Deal reached in HIV case
TRIPOLI — A settlement has been reached with families of HIV-infected children in the case of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, the spokesman for Libya's Gadhafi Foundation said yesterday.
The settlement was announced a day before Libya's Supreme Court was to rule on the appeal of the foreign medical workers, who were sentenced to death on charges of infecting about 400 Libyan children with the AIDS virus.
Libya is under intense international pressure to free the six medical personnel, who deny infecting the children. The six began working at the hospital in the city of Benghazi in 1998 and were arrested the subsequent year after more than 400 children there contracted HIV.
Suicide bomber kills schoolchildren
KABUL — A suicide bomber killed 17 Afghan civilians, including 12 schoolchildren, yesterday in an attack aimed at Dutch NATO troops patrolling a crowded bazaar in the south of the country, the Interior Ministry said.
About 30 people, including seven Dutch soldiers, were wounded in the attack in the small town of Deh Rawud in Uruzgan province, officials said. Some of the wounded were in critical condition.
Al Qaeda gives warning for honoring Rushdie
CAIRO — Al Qaeda's No. 2 issued an audiotape yesterday threatening to retaliate against Britain for having honored the novelist Salman Rushdie, a U.S.-based monitoring group said.
Ayman al-Zawahri's 20-minute speech was titled "Malicious Britain and Its Indian Slaves." It was produced by as-Sahab, the multimedia wing of al Qaeda, to be distributed to extremist Web sites, said the U.S.-based SITE Institute, which monitors al Qaeda messages.
Army requests U.S. attack helicopters
TAIPEI — Taiwan's army wants to buy 30 Boeing Apache attack helicopters from the United States, an official said yesterday, in a deal that almost certainly would roil rival China.
Col. Dai Kuang-chao said the military opted for the Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow over Bell's AH-1Z Cobra because it better suited the army's needs.
The deal, worth $1.5 billion, must be approved by the U.S. government and Taiwan's legislature.
From wire dispatches and staff reports