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It was not clear if Mr. Mitchell will travel with Mrs. Clinton to Jordan.


Plane recorders reveal visibility problems

DUBAI | Emirati investigators said Tuesday that flight-recorder data indicate pilots on a UPS cargo plane that crashed in Dubai faced visibility and communication problems as the cockpit filled with smoke from an onboard fire.

Initial details gleaned from the recorders — commonly known as “black boxes” — appear to confirm pilot reports of smoke in the cockpit less than half an hour after takeoff from the Middle East’s busiest airport, in Dubai.

The two pilots, hobbled by radio difficulties that kept them out of direct contact with Dubai’s tower, attempted to turn back to the Gulf city-state but were unable to land on their first attempt and crashed into a military base shortly afterward. Both men were killed.

The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority is leading the investigation into the Sept. 3 crash with help from investigators at the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.


Iran: U.N. watchdog errs on nuke program

TEHRAN | Iran’s nuclear chief said Tuesday that the head of a U.N. watchdog agency made a dangerous mistake by criticizing Tehran for not fully cooperating.

Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said Monday he cannot confirm that all of Iran’s nuclear activities are peaceful, as Tehran claims, because the country has offered only selective cooperation to the U.N. nuclear watchdog and has rejected several inspectors.

“If Mr. Amano has expressed the remarks knowingly, he has committed a big mistake, and it is very dangerous,” said Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s nuclear program.

In blunt remarks, Mr. Amano suggested that it is still not clear whether Iran is developing nuclear weapons because the country continues to stonewall an IAEA investigation.

From wire dispatches and staff reports