- - Thursday, January 5, 2012

IRAN

Official says Turkey is best place for nuke talks

TEHRAN | Iran’s foreign minister said Thursday that Turkey is the best place for further talks with world powers about Iran’s nuclear program, according to a report carried by an Iranian news agency.

The report by the semiofficial ISNA agency said Ali Akbar Salehi expressed Iran’s agreement after Turkey announced its readiness to host the talks. He was speaking at a news conference with his visiting Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu.

On Saturday, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, said he had called on the six powers - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - to resume talks.

EGYPT

Prosecutor wants death for Mubarak, security boss

CAIRO | The prosecutor in the trial of Hosni Mubarak demanded Thursday that the ousted Egyptian leader be sentenced to hang on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during last year’s uprising against his rule.

Mustafa Khater, one of a five-member prosecution team, also asked the judge for the death sentence for Mr. Mubarak’s security chief and four top police commanders being tried in the same case.

“The nation and the people are awaiting a word of justice and righteousness,” Mr. Khater said on the third and final day of the prosecution’s opening statement.

Mr. Mubarak’s two sons, one-time heir apparent Gamal and Alaa, face corruption charges in the same trial along with their father and a close family friend who is a fugitive. Also in the same case are two police commanders charged with gross negligence, who face prison sentences if convicted.

BRAZIL

Burst dike forces thousands to flee town

SAO PAULO | Civil defense officials said they were evacuating an entire town after floodwaters burst a nearby dike in southeastern Brazil.

The civil defense department of Rio de Janeiro state said the waters of the Muriae River were expected to reach the town of Tres Vendas by Thursday afternoon and its 4,000 residents were being taken to temporary shelters.

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