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JERUSALEM — Israel’s defense minister on Sunday called on the international community to press Iran to give up its stockpile of high-grade enriched uranium in upcoming negotiations over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.

With the comments, Ehud Barak appeared to offer a possible way out of the standoff over the Iranian nuclear program. However, it appears unlikely Iran, which maintains its right to enrich uranium, would accept his demands.

Israel repeatedly has threatened to use force against Iran if diplomacy and international sanctions fail to curb the Iranian nuclear program.

The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany are to begin talks Friday with Iran.


Opposition activists rally on Red Square

MOSCOW — Russian authorities showed unusual leniency Sunday by allowing several hundred opposition supporters to gather freely on Red Square, but quickly detained a prominent opposition leader when she tried to erect a tent.

Opposition supporters wearing white ribbons, a symbol of peaceful protest against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s rule, walked around the square under close watch by police.

Yevgeniya Chirikova, the leader of the Khimki Forest group, was detained along with two fellow activists after she put up a small tent.

Mr. Putin faced unprecedented protests by tens of thousands of people in the months before the presidential election in March, but the demonstrations have dwindled since his victory.


Hamas hangs Gazan for ‘collaborating’ with Israel

GAZA CITY — The militant group Hamas on Saturday executed a Palestinian convicted of collaborating with Israel and two others deemed complicit in murder, an Interior Ministry statement said.

It said the three men were hanged in a “security center” in Gaza City.

It was the first time this year that the Islamist group had carried out an execution of someone accused of “collaborating” with the Israelis.

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