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Iranian leader expects new nuclear talks

UNITED NATIONS — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that he saw a "good chance" that talks will soon resume with the United States and its allies over Iran's disputed nuclear program because "there is no other alternative."

Ahmadinejad, visiting New York to take part in the U.N. General Assembly meetings, denied that Iran has been hurt by economic sanctions that have been imposed in the past three months to pressure Tehran to negotiate away its nuclear program. He also dismissed talk of a possible attack to destroy Iran's nuclear installations as no more than "psychological warfare."

New talks over the program were "bound to happen" he told a group of reporters because "what is left is talks.... There's no other way."

Egyptian police clash with protesters

CAIRO — Egyptian police on Tuesday beat and arrested anti-government activists demonstrating against the possibility of the president's son succeeding his father, 82-year-old President Hosni Mubarak, as leader of the country.

Some 300 protesters chanted anti-government slogans, waved flags and even burned pictures of the president's son, Gamal Mubarak, 46, as hundreds of black-clad riot police surrounded them in tight cordons opposite the former royal palace in downtown Cairo.

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