BEIRUT — The powerful speaker of Iran's Parliament on Saturday derided a Western-backed proposal to transfer the bulk of the country's enriched-uranium stockpile abroad as a trick meant to rob Iran of its nuclear fuel.
"My guess is that the Americans have made a secret deal with certain countries to take (low)-enriched uranium away from us under the pretext of providing nuclear fuel," Ali Larijani, who is close to supreme leader Ali Khamenei, told the Iranian Students News Agency. "We hope Iranian officials will pay due attention to this issue."
The plan, which would push Iran's enriched-uranium stockpile below the threshold necessary to make a single nuclear bomb.
Deep earthquake strikes Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia — A powerful earthquake struck deep under the sea in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, causing panic and sending residents running out of their homes, officials and witnesses said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The quake had a magnitude of 7, but at a depth of 86 miles was too far below the Earth's surface to cause a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
Passenger train crash kills 25 outside Cairo
CAIRO — A passenger train collided with the back of a second one just outside of Cairo on Saturday, destroying several passenger cars and killing at least 25 people, a police official said.
At least 55 others were injured in the accident, which occurred in Girzah district of 6th of October province, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.
Egypt has a poor safety record on its railways, and there are several fatal accidents each year, usually blamed on poorly maintained equipment.