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EU to Slap Sanctions on 200 Iranian Firms, People

The European Union is eyeing sanctions on some 200 Iranian firms and individuals as Western nations tighten the screws on Tehran over its contested nuclear program, diplomatic sources said Tuesday.

The new measures would be announced by EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on December 1, the sources said.

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Turkey Arrests 70 for Suspected Links to Kurd Rebels

Turkish police arrested more than 70 people in simultaneous raids around the country on Tuesday for suspected links to outlawed Kurdish rebels, media reports said.

Lawyers for jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan who are members of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) were among those arrested, security sources from the southeastern province of Diyarbakir said.

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Bomb Attack on Pakistan School Kills Policeman

A bomb attack on a girls' school in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday killed a policeman, wounded eight others and destroyed a wall, police said.

The remote-controlled bomb was planted at the outer wall of the government-run middle school in the outskirts of Mardan town in troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders Afghanistan.

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Russia Slams 'Unacceptable' New Western Sanctions on Iran

Russia said on Tuesday new sanctions unveiled by Western states against Iran over its nuclear drive were unacceptable and illegal, warning they risked impeding the chance of dialogue with Tehran.

"Russia sees such measures as unacceptable and against international law," the foreign ministry said in a statement. "This practice seriously complicates moves for constructive dialogue with Tehran."

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U.S. School Principal Jailed for Making Child Pornography

A former elementary school principal in Iowa was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to one count of producing child pornography involving students at his school, officials said.

Robert Burke, 43, admitted that as head of the school in Dubuque, Iowa, he had "used hidden cameras in the school bathroom to secretly capture videos depicting the genitals of male students," said the U.S. Justice Department

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U.S. Worried about Sudan Cross-Border Violence

Envoys of U.S. President Barack Obama voiced "deep concern" at violence and the humanitarian crisis on the border of Sudan and South Sudan during a visit to the region, the White House said Monday.

Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough joined Washington's special envoy for Sudan, Princeton Lyman, for talks in Khartoum and then in Juba, the capital of newly independent South Sudan, on Sunday and Monday.

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Iran Blasts New Sanctions as 'Reprehensible, Ineffective'

Iran on Tuesday blasted new sanctions against the Islamic republic announced by the United States, Britain and Canada as "reprehensible and ineffective."

Foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast made the comments a day after Washington, London and Ottawa said they were leveling additional sanctions on Iran's financial sector because of a report by the U.N. atomic energy watchdog strongly suggesting Tehran was researching nuclear weapons.

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U.N. Passes Resolution Condemning Iran 'Human Rights Abuses'

The U.N. General Assembly on Monday passed an annual resolution condemning alleged human rights abuses in Iran with a record number of votes in support.

The assembly also passed resolutions condemning human rights in North Korea and Myanmar. All received record high backing.

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Britain Cuts Ties with Iran Banks over Nuclear Concerns

Finance minister George Osborne said Monday Britain was cutting links with Iranian banks because of "evidence" that they are involved in the development of a nuclear weapons program.

"The UK government has just announced new financial sanctions against Iran. We are ceasing all contact between the UK financial system and the Iranian banking system," Osborne said.

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14 Pakistani Troops Killed in Rebel Ambush

Fourteen Pakistani soldiers were killed Monday in an ambush blamed on separatist rebels in the country's southwestern Baluchistan province, the Frontier Corps paramilitary force said.

The attack took place in the Musa Khel district, 400 kilometers southeast of the provincial capital Quetta, a military spokesman said.

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