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Motors bound for Iran seized as nuke parts

BERLIN — Investigators seized four high-voltage motors they suspect were about to be illegally exported to an Iranian nuclear power plant.

The motors, imported from South Korea, were found during a raid on an unnamed trading company in Hanover on Wednesday. Their estimated value was $262,000, an amount confiscated from the firm.

Investigators are trying to intercept another batch before it reaches the expected destination of Bushehr, the southern port where Russia is helping Iran build its first atomic reactor.


War crimes defiance prompts U.S. aid cuts

BELGRADE — The United States is cutting aid to Serbia and Montenegro and may take further punitive measures if Belgrade persists in defying the United Nations war crimes tribunal, the U.S. ambassador to Serbia warned yesterday.

The announcement, made on Serbian Orthodox New Year’s Day, was described as a clear message the United States had no confidence in Belgrade’s vague promises of action and was unconcerned by warnings that the arrest of war crimes fugitives would lead to unrest.


European probe lands on Saturn moon

DARMSTADT — The Huygens space probe has softly landed on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan after a seven-year journey, a space official said yesterday, buoying hopes that the mission could shed light on the origins of life on Earth.

It was later announced that the probe had relayed scientific data — expected to include pictures and atmospheric measurements — to the Cassini mother ship orbiting Saturn and the information had been transmitted back to Earth.

Yesterday’s landing makes Titan the only moon other than Earth’s to be explored by spacecraft.


U.S. TV show charms Britons

LONDON — As further evidence of U.S. cultural influence, the ABC hit “Desperate Housewives” attracted 4.6 million viewers — a quarter of the audience share — when it premiered in Britain this month.

The Evening Standard gushed over the racy suburban drama centering on five women, one played by British actress Nicollette Sheridan. “The women are glamorous. The story is intriguing and the mood is edgy,” it wrote. “But most of all the scripts are deft and witty.”


Pyongyang reverses stance on U.S.

SEOUL — North Korea told a visiting U.S. congressional delegation that it would return to six-nation talks on its nuclear weapons program and become a “friend” of the United States, hinting at a possible reversal of a decades-old policy of calling America its “sworn enemy.”

The overture yesterday — while requiring that Washington does not vilify totalitarian leader Kim Jong-il — was highly unusual. North Korean officials stressed the “need to take a future-oriented approach toward improving the bilateral relations,” the North’s official Korean Central News Agency said.


Fashion designer found dead

MUNICH — Fashion designer Rudolph Moshammer was found dead at his home here yesterday, with neck injuries indicating homicide. A prosecutor said there was no apparent motive for the attack, but that police were investigating Munich’s homosexual community.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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