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Iranian president calls for serious nuclear talks

Iran

President calls for serious nuclear talks

New Iranian President Hasan Rouhani on Tuesday used his first news conference to call for serious negotiations to solve the decade-long dispute over the country's nuclear program, and he repeatedly suggested openness to direct talks with the United States, an idea that until recently had been unthinkable. He said Americans needed to take the first step in the stalled nuclear negotiations. While the tone of Rouhani's remarks appeared more accommodating than that of his predecessor, he broke no new ground on Iran's position in the nuclear dispute.

Wolfeboro, N.H.

Romney warns against shutdown

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Tuesday night warned congressional Republicans against forcing a government shutdown in their quest to stop President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Romney addressed more than 200 donors on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee at a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party. "I badly want Obamacare to go away, and stripping it of funds has appeal. But we need to exercise great care about any talk of shutting down government," Romney said.

Fort Meade, Md.

Manning's top sentence reduced

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's possible sentence for disclosing classified information through Wiki­Leaks was trimmed from 136 years to 90 years Tuesday by a military judge who said some of his offenses were closely related. The ruling was largely a victory for defense attorneys, who had argued for an 80-year maximum. Still, the 25-year-old soldier could spend most, if not all, of his remaining years in prison. The sentencing phase of Manning's court-martial is in its second week, with prosecutors presenting evidence that the leaks damaged U.S. interests.

Afghanistan

Taliban leader says no to role in voting

Despite efforts to broker a peace deal between the Afghan government and the Taliban, the insurgent group will not participate in presidential elections next year, its leader said in a statement Tuesday. "Participation in such elections is only a waste of time, nothing more," the statement from Mullah Omar said. He said his movement would continue to attack foreign forces and would support only a fully Islamic government.

Elsewhere

Argentina: A natural gas explosion wrecked a tall apartment building in the Argentine city of Rosario on Tuesday, killing at least eight people, injuring 60 and causing officials to evacuate much of the downtown. Officials said 19 people were unaccounted for.

Boston: Jurors began their deliberations Tuesday in the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger, the reputed crime boss who is accused of participating in 19 murders during a two-decade reign over Boston's underworld.

Times wires

Iranian president calls for serious nuclear talks 08/07/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 1:08am]

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