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2/13/2006 World News: Saddam "Forced" to Attend Trial


Iraq: The trial of Saddam Hussein and his seven codefendants resumed in Baghdad today (Monday), with all defendants in the courtroom.
Saddam, who boycotted the previous session of the trial, said he was forced to attend today.
All defendants and their lawyers were absent for the previous session of the trial, 11 days ago, and the lawyers are continuing the boycott. They say the chief judge (Raouf Abdel Rahman) is biased against them, and should be removed. Court was adjourned the court at the end of today's abbreviated session, with everyone ordered to return on Tuesday

Iran nuclear: Iran says it has postponed further talks with Russia about a proposal to process uranium on Russian soil for use in Iran's nuclear plants.
A government spokesman (Gholamhossein Elham) told reporters in Tehran today (Monday) the two sides will not meet late this week, as scheduled, but that a mutually convenient date will be set later.
Russia has been pushing for the plan as a way to ease international concerns that Iran might be aiming to produce weapons-grade uranium. Iran says its nuclear program is only intended to generate electricity.

Nepal Maoists: The leader of Nepal's Maoist insurgency says he thinks the king will ultimately be exiled or executed to make way for a republic in the world's only Hindu monarchy.
In a BBC television interview broadcast today (Monday), top Nepali communist leader Prachanda said King Gyanendra, who seized total power a year ago, had not left any room for compromise.
The reclusive 52-year-old Prachanda has been living underground (in hiding) for more than two decades. Last year, he forged a loose alliance with the main political parties to topple the king and restore democracy.

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