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A court document claims the man lacked permission to export such valves and violated international sanctions.

The alleged attempt was discovered when Swedish custom officials made a random check of a shipment that contained dual-use products — material that can be used for civilian functions as well as for the production of weapons of mass destruction and other weaponry — and seemed to be destined for Iran.

According to national broadcaster SVT, the cargo’s official destination was labeled as Dubai, but a closer look showed that the final destination was Iran.


Typhoon’s flooding kills at least 74 villagers, soldiers

MANILA — At least 43 villagers and soldiers drowned in a southern Philippine town Tuesday when torrents of water dumped by a powerful typhoon cascaded down a mountain, engulfing emergency shelters and an army truck, officials said.

The deaths raised the toll from one of the strongest storms to hit the country this year to at least 74.

Gov. Arturo Uy said rain from Typhoon Bopha accumulated atop a mountain and then burst down on Andap village in New Bataan town in hard-hit Compostela Valley province.

The victims included villagers who had fled from their homes to a school and village hall, which then were swamped by the flash flood. An army truck carrying soldiers and villagers was washed away.

Bopha slammed into the Davao Oriental province region at dawn, its ferocious winds ripping roofs from homes and its 310-mile-wide rain band flooding low-lying farmland.

The storm, packing winds of 87 mph and gusts of up to 106 mph, toppled trees, triggered landslides and sent flash floods surging across the region’s mountains and valleys.

Two entire provinces lost power and more than 100 domestic flights were canceled. About 60,000 people fled to emergency shelters.


British Scouts consider letting atheists join

LONDON — Atheists could be allowed into Britain’s Boy and Girl Scouts after more than a century.

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