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2 Tunisians detained over attack in Libya

WASHINGTON

2 TUNISIANS DETAINED OVER ATTACK IN LIBYA

U.S. officials confirmed Turkish media reports Friday that two Tunisian men had been detained in Turkey in connection with the killing of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in the attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Libya on Sept. 11. But it remained unclear whether the two were considered to be suspects or witnesses in the attack in Benghazi, which fell on the 11th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Kanal D, a private Turkish TV network, said the two were stopped at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul on Wednesday as they tried to enter the country using false passports. A report in the newspaper Sabah said that immigration officials had matched the names of the men to a list of possible suspects that U.S. intelligence agencies had given to security services in the region.

Iran

Leaders defiant as currency falls

Senior Iranian clerics intensified their anti-Western criticism Friday, calling the near-collapse of the national currency this week a consequence of a U.S.-led conspiracy to wage an economic war on Iran, and predicting the pressure would ease. The message, highlighted in the main sermon at Friday prayers, appeared to be an effort to show a unified and defiant response to the crisis over the currency, which lost roughly 40 percent of its value against the dollar in a stampede of selling to black-market currency traders by Iranians worried about their country's economic stability.

South Africa

12,000 striking miners are fired

The world's top platinum producer fired 12,000 workers who refused to return to work Friday, apparently an attempt to stem the tide of wildcat strikes that have unsettled Africa's biggest economy. The move by Anglo American Platinum is likely to heighten tensions in South Africa amid a wave of strikes by workers at platinum, gold and iron mines.

Washington

Couple guilty in theft of U.S. funds

A former deputy director of a U.S. Agency for International Development contractor and his wife pleaded guilty Friday to embezzling more than $1 million from a program to address global health problems like AIDS. Mark Adams, 44, and Latasha Bell, 36, of Fort Washington, Md., admit using the money to renovate their home and buy a luxury car.

Elsewhere

Seattle: Faced with growing concerns about the hunting of polar bears in Canada, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday that it will again support a global ban on trade of the animals, whose hides fetch up to $16,000 each on the international market.

Times wires

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