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More than 10,000 people mob New Hampshire job fair

Thousands of unemployed wait in lines for buses to a job fair at a mall parking lot in Manchester, N.H., Thursday. Hundreds had to be turned away from the event, and traffic was snarled for miles.

Associated Press

Thousands of unemployed wait in lines for buses to a job fair at a mall parking lot in Manchester, N.H., Thursday. Hundreds had to be turned away from the event, and traffic was snarled for miles.

Three generations of job seekers — more than 10,000 of them — descended on a job fair at a New Hampshire college gymnasium Thursday, jamming traffic for miles and forcing organizers to cut off admission to the event after just two hours. Officials shut down shuttle bus service from a nearby mall to the overwhelmed Southern New Hampshire University campus by noon, several hours before the heavily publicized event was to end.

Job applicants ranging from college students to unemployed executives in their 60s waited in lines for buses to the event, then to speak with recruiters. Police Lt. Maureen Tessier gave an unofficial crowd estimate of more than 10,000, and many hundreds more were turned away.

TEHRAN, Iran

Iran claims gains in nuclear program

Iran inaugurated its first nuclear fuel manufacturing plant on Thursday and said it had increased its capability to enrich uranium. The developments came a day after the United States said it would participate in talks with Iran and other nations over Tehran's nuclear program.

Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, inaugurated the plant in the central city of Isfahan as Iran celebrated its National Nuclear Day. The plant is able to produce nuclear fuel tablets and rods for the country's 40-megawatt research reactor in Arak as well as fuel for the Russian-built nuclear power plant in Bushehr, the ISNA news agency reported.

TBILISI, Georgia

Thousands rally against Saakashvili

More than five years after young, flamboyant, U.S.-backed Mikhail Saakashvili was cheered into the presidency, people crammed the streets by the tens of thousands Thursday in the hope of shaming him into resignation, saying he had lost the right to lead Georgia after a humiliating war with Russia.

Opposition leaders vowed to keep the peaceful crowds gathered in front of Parliament until he steps down, but it was far from clear whether they had the necessary support to make him do so. Opposition leaders reviled Saakashvili, calling him a coward and a womanizer. Another large rally was planned for today. "The whole world is watching us now," said Irakli Alasania, a former U.N. ambassador who broke with Saakashvili over the war.

Elsewhere

Afghanistan: A suicide bomber attacked a counternarcotics brigade in southern Afghanistan, killing two police officers and three civilians, two of them children, a provincial official said.

arkansas: A tornado struck the small Arkansas town of Mena Thursday night, causing minor injuries as part of a severe storm system moving quickly across the nation's midsection. The Polk County Courthouse in Mena, near the Oklahoma state line, took a direct hit.

Times wires

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