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TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's nuclear chief said Sunday that the Islamic republic needs more nuclear power plants, the country's official news agency reported, just after it struck a deal regarding its contested nuclear program with world powers.

Ali Akbar Salehi said the additional nuclear power would help the country reduce its carbon emissions and its consumption of oil, IRNA reported. He said Iran should produce 150 tons of nuclear fuel to supply five nuclear power plants.

The comments come after Iran agreed to freeze part of its nuclear program in return for Western powers easing crippling economic sanctions.

Iran's only nuclear power plant, near the southern port of Bushehr, produces some 1,000 megawatts of electricity. The plant came online with help from Russia, which will provide fuel for it through 2021.

Afghan accusations

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan military and police commanders are accusing the U.S.-led coalition of withholding fuel and other support in an attempt to pressure President Hamid Karzai into signing a security agreement with the United States. Coalition officials strongly deny the allegation, the latest disagreement between the Karzai government and U.S. military leaders.

According to a statement from Mr. Karzai, the issue arose during a meeting of his national security council Sunday. Military and police commanders complained that their forces are struggling with a fuel shortage and said they suspect that the United States is using the resource as leverage over Mr. Karzai.

"This deed is contrary to the prior commitment of America," Mr. Karzai's statement said. "Afghan forces are facing interruption in conducting of their activities as a result of the cessation of fuel and supportive services."

Copter crash investigation

LONDON -- Investigators on Sunday continued to recover and examine the wreckage of a police helicopter that plunged through the roof of a crowded pub in Glasgow late Friday, killing eight people and injuring many others.

The eight dead included all three aboard the helicopter as well as five people inside the pub, where a band was performing at about 10:30 p.m. when the helicopter, carrying two police officers and a civilian pilot, spun down into the building, apparently after losing power.

On Sunday, the police identified the victims on the helicopter as Constable Tony Collins, 43, and Constable Kirsty Nelis, 36, who were part of Police Scotland's operational support division; and Capt. Dave Traill, 51, the pilot.

Same-sex marriage ban

ZAGREB, Croatia -- A majority of Croatians voted in a referendum Sunday to ban gay marriages in what is a major victory for the Catholic Church-backed conservatives in the European Union's newest member nation.

The state electoral commission, citing near complete results, said 65 percent of those who voted answered "yes" to the referendum question: "Do you agree that marriage is matrimony between a man and a woman?" About 34 percent voted against. The result meant that Croatia's constitution will be amended to ban same-sex marriage.

7 killed in Italy factory fire

MILAN -- A fire early Sunday swept through an illegal, makeshift dormitory in a Chinese-run garment factory in Tuscany, killing seven, firefighters said.

The blaze, which partially collapsed the factory's roof, broke out in a loft where 11 people were sleeping.


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