VIENNA — The U.N. atomic agency expressed alarm Monday about Iran's decision to bar some of its inspectors, suggesting that its efforts to monitor the country's nuclear program were suffering as a result.
The International Atomic Energy Agency warning followed Iran's recent decision to strip two experienced inspectors of the right to monitor its nuclear activities after the two reported what they said were undeclared nuclear experiments.
The Islamic Republic says the reporting by the two was inaccurate, but the IAEA stands by the findings.
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Security fears prompt Blair to cancel London book-signing
LONDON — Tony Blair on Monday canceled a high-profile book-signing session of his best-selling memoirs in the British capital, amid mounting security fears and expected large-scale protests.
The decision by the former prime minister came two days after anti-war protesters threw eggs and shoes at him at a signing in Dublin.
Anti-war protesters had called for a "peaceful citizen's arrest" of Blair, whom they want to be held accountable for "war crimes" for joining the U.S. invasion of Iraq and sending troops to Afghanistan.
Putin may again seek Russian presidency
MOSCOW — Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday refused to close the door on speculation that he might seek to return to Russia's Kremlin as the nation's president in 2012 elections.
Speaking to a group of Western political scientists and journalists, he said the 2012 elections would proceed lawfully. But he refused to make any firm predictions.
"It is too early to talk about it. Everyone should just do their job," the Interfax news agency quoted him as saying when asked about his division of political power with President Dmitry Medvedev.