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Iran hedges on nuclear deal

WASHINGTON — Iran hedged Friday on accepting a deal that would transfer most of its low-enriched uranium out of the country to be converted for peaceful uses, saying it wants more time to study the deal and suggesting that it prefers a different approach.

The draft proposal, which Western powers hope will set back the clock on Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program, was agreed to formally Friday by the United States, Russia and France, whose envoys discussed it with Iran this week in Vienna, Austria.

Rights groups reject restricted Gitmo visit

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Three human rights groups said Friday they will turn down an invitation to tour the Guantanamo Bay prison next month because it doesn't include an opportunity to speak with prisoners.

Amnesty International USA, the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch all said the recent Defense Department invitation falls short of the full access to the prison at the U.S. base in Cuba.

"What is needed and is still being denied ... is full access to the detention camps, including detainees, so that we may independently review and report on the conditions of confinement there," said Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU's Human Rights Program.

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