World briefs: U.N. boosts Iran on nukes

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VIENNA — Iran has begun implementing nuclear transparency measures ahead of an Aug. 25 deadline agreed with the United Nations atomic watchdog, the IAEA, the head of the IAEA said Monday.

“The implementation of these five measures started,” Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told reporters at Vienna airport on his return from Tehran, where he met senior Iranian officials.

The agency is conducting a long-running inquiry into what it calls the possible military dimensions of the country's nuclear program. The issue is closely tied to Iran's negotiations with six world powers aimed at ending a decade-old standoff over its atomic activities and dispelling fears of a new Middle East war.

Iran denies its program has any military objectives.

Peace talks called off

NEW DELHI — India called off Aug. 25 talks with Pakistan on Monday after Pakistan’s top diplomat in New Delhi met with separatist leaders from Kashmir in defiance of an Indian warning, Indian officials said.

The announcement, which followed a series of cease-fire violations and tough language from both countries, dampened expectations that the two countries would resume a tentative peace process under the leadership of India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi.

Political crisis grows

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan called on his supporters Monday to march on a heavily fortified area of the capital today after his party announced it would resign from parliament to try to force the government to hold new elections.

The moves are part of a high-stakes showdown following four days of protests in the capital of the nuclear-armed nation led by Mr. Khan, a former international cricketer, and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who controls a network of Islamic schools and charities.

Assange muddled refuge

LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sowed confusion Monday with an announcement that appeared to indicate he was leaving his embassy refuge, but his spokesman later clarified that that would not happen unless the impasse over his extradition were resolved.

Mr. Assange made the cryptic comments during a news conference at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London following a meeting with Ricardo Patino, the Latin American nation’s foreign minister. When asked about speculation — some of it sparked by a recent interview with a British newspaper — that the 43-year-old Australian was ready to leave the embassy to seek medical treatment, Mr. Assange declined to answer directly, instead pointing to Kristinn Hrafnsson, the WikiLeaks spokesman, who was in the back of the room.

Mr. Assange, who has remained trapped in the building since he sought refuge there more than two years ago, is seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted over sex crimes allegations, or the United States, where authorities are investigating his spectacular disclosures of secret information.

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The death toll from days of heavy rainfall and flooding in Nepal and India rose to more than 150 on Monday, according to officials in Nepal and India. ... Liberia’s armed forces were given orders to shoot people trying to illegally cross the border from neighboring Sierra Leone, which was closed to stem the spread of Ebola, local newspaper Daily Observer reported Monday.

— Compiled from news services

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