- - Wednesday, July 21, 2010

IRAN

Report: Scientist gave information about CIA

TEHRAN | An Iranian nuclear scientist who returned home last week from the U.S. provided valuable information about the CIA, a semiofficial news agency reported Wednesday, adding that his spy’s tale would be made into a TV movie.

U.S. authorities have claimed Shahram Amiri willingly defected but changed his mind and decided to return home without the $5 million he had been paid for what a U.S. official described as “significant” information about his country’s disputed nuclear program.

The Fars news agency, which is close to Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard, quoted an unidentified source as saying Iran’s intelligence agents were in touch with Mr. Amiri while he was in the U.S. and that they won an intelligence battle against the CIA.

Mr. Amiri claims he was kidnapped by U.S. agents in May 2009 while on a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

ROMANIA

Scientists exhume Ceausescu, wife

BUCHAREST | The mystery of where former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were buried moved closer to resolution Wednesday after forensic scientists dug up their official graves in a hunt for DNA.

Ceausescu ruled Romania for 25 years with an iron fist before being ousted and executed during the 1989 anti-communist revolt in which more than 1,000 eople were killed.

Many Romanians have doubted for years that the Ceausescus were really buried in the Ghencea military cemetery in west Bucharest.

Conspiracy theories have ranged from the graves being empty to the Ceausescus’ bodies being spirited away by supporters and replaced in their coffins by anonymous victims of Europe’s bloodiest anti-communist revolt.

By the end of the day, one theory had been ruled out. “There weren’t empty graves, there were bodies,” Valentin Ceausescu, the couple’s 62-year-old son, told the Associated Press.

GUATEMALA

Soldiers to help police fight bus killings

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