Sunday, November 24, 2013
GENEVA (AP) — Iran has agreed to a temporary freeze of its nuclear program, in what President Barack Obama calls an "important first step." Iran's agreement with the United States and five other world powers calls for Tehran to curb its nuclear activities for six months in exchange for limited and gradual sanctions relief. During the six-month period, diplomats will try to negotiate a more sweeping agreement.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Republicans in Congress are skeptical about the Iran nuclear deal hammered out by the U.S. and world powers. Sen. Marco Rubio says the deal actually "makes a nuclear Iran more likely" since it doesn't require Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment. The Florida Republican sees "an even more urgent need" for Congress to impose even tougher penalties.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Authorities in Bahrain say two former Guantanamo Bay detainees have been arrested while crossing the border from Saudi Arabia with forged passports. They're charged with allegedly plotting attacks in the Gulf nation that is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. A statement by Bahrain's Interior Ministry doesn't identify the suspects and gives no further details.
BERLIN (AP) — Swiss voters have soundly rejected a proposal to limit the pay of companies' highest-paid managers to 12 times that of their lowest-paid workers. A projection by the gfs.bern polling agency based on partial counting shows voters shooting down the plan by a margin of 66 percent to 34. Initiatives need a majority of both voters and cantons, or states, to pass in a referendum, but at least 20 of the 26 cantons have voted no.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has for the first time publicly unveiled a handful of bone fragments that may have belonged to St. Peter. Pope Francis prayed before the fragments and blessed them at the start of a Mass today marking the end of the Vatican's Year of Faith. No pope has ever definitively declared the fragments to be those of the apostle Peter, but Pope Paul VI said in 1968 that they had been "identified in a way that we can consider convincing." Some archaeologists dispute the finding.