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Lula: engaging Iran better than isolation

BRASILIA | Engaging, not isolating Iran is the way to push for peace and stability in the Middle East, said Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as he headed into private talks Monday with his increasingly alienated Iranian counterpart.

For Mr. Lula da Silva, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s first visit to Brazil provides an opportunity to boost the international political clout of South America’s largest nation.

For Mr. Ahmadinejad, it could provide some sorely needed political legitimacy for his nation as it engages in large-scale war games aimed at protecting its nuclear facilities from attack and refuses to back down from developing a nuclear program.

Oil prices rose above $78 a barrel Monday amid deepening tensions in the Middle East after the start of the war games and boasts by an Iranian air force commander that Iran could deter any military strike by Israel.


U.N. chief to visit for climate talks

UNITED NATIONS | U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will head to Trinidad and Tobago next week to discuss climate change with commonwealth country leaders ahead of a crunch climate summit next month.

“The secretary-general expects to focus the attention of these leaders on key issues that require their engagement in the climate change negotiations, in particular concerning mitigation and finance,” U.N. spokeswoman Michele Montas said.

The U.N. chief will be in Trinidad on Nov. 26 and 27 as international leaders converge on the Caribbean island for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

World leaders will gather in Copenhagen from Dec. 6 for a summit to negotiate emission targets and complete a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.


DNA evidence to catch adulterers

MEXICO CITY | Suspect your significant other might be cheating on you? In Mexico, numerous laboratories are now offering a way to find out for sure - DNA tests.

“If someone thinks they are the victim of adultery, they can bring us underwear, a sheet, chewing gum,” which provide testers with traces of sperm, saliva or hair, said Jorge Guillen, director of one of the labs offering the service.

The test determines whether the DNA found on the sample corresponds to the client or someone else.

The process can take between four and six days and costs anywhere from $200 to $500, Mr. Guillen said.

A 2008 study by a private research institute in Mexico found one in six Mexicans suspects their partners may be cheating on them.


Airport workers begin strike

SANTIAGO | About 2,000 Chilean airport workers demanding better pension plans launched a countrywide strike Friday, causing flight delays.

The strike began at 7 a.m. and was scheduled to end at 2 pm, affecting air traffic operations, operations, weather services and airport security.

Long lines formed at the Santiago airport, the largest in the country, where hundreds of passengers were waiting to board flights delayed by the strike.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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