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Iranian president set for Latin America tour

Iran

Ahmadinejad set for tour of Latin America

Under pressure at home and facing a fresh wave of economic sanctions, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is seeking the company of friends — in Latin America. Starting today, Ahmadinejad will be on a four-nation tour that includes such U.S. antagonists as Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador.

Nuclear chief offers expertise

Iran's nuclear chief says his country is willing to help what he called "friendly" African nations that have uranium reserves to set up facilities to process the ore into nuclear material. Fereidoun Abbasi says Iran has mastered the entire nuclear fuel cycle from extracting uranium ore to producing fuel for reactors and is ready to share the technology.

egypt

Islamists cement lead in election

Egypt's Islamists have stretched their lead in the final round of the country's parliamentary election, official results showed on Saturday. The party lists of the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's best-organized political group, came out on top in seven of the nine governorates where the balloting was held on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to state television.

Libya

Students return to a new curriculum

More than 1 million Libyan students returned to school Saturday to start the first year in which the philosophies of Moammar Gadhafi will not drive the curriculum. Revamping the curriculum was one of the tasks the new Education Ministry faced in preparing for the first school year following the eight-month civil war that killed thousands and left parts of some of Libya's biggest cities in ruins.

Bahrain

Protesters rally despite legal ban

Antigovernment protesters converged on the headquarters of Bahrain's main opposition party Saturday, defying a government ban and pressing ahead with their campaign for greater civil rights for Shiite Muslims. The demonstration was organized by opposition groups led by Al Wefaq, a leader of the Shiite majority's protest movement.

pakistan

Ex-president faces arrest if he returns

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will be arrested in connection with the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto if he returns to the country, a government prosecutor said Saturday. Hours earlier, Musharraf had told a Pakistani news channel that he would come back this month to contest the next parliamentary elections, which could be held this year. Musharraf has been living in London and Dubai since 2008, when the government, led by Bhutto's party, forced him to resign. Bhutto was killed in 2007 in a gun and suicide bomb attack near Islamabad after returning home to contest elections. Musharraf, at the time, had blamed the Pakistani Taliban for her murder, but the prosecution alleges he was part of the plot.

Israel

Man in Santa suit kills Arab Christian

Israeli police say a man dressed as Santa Claus fatally stabbed an Arab Christian man in the back during a procession to mark Orthodox Christmas in the city of Jaffa. Gabriel Cadis was stabbed Friday night. Witnesses said the attacker was wearing a Santa suit.

Times wires

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