Iraq: Iraqi police say a suicide bomber has killed at least 20 people and wounded more than 30 outside a college campus in Baghdad.
Police say the bomber detonated his explosives belt today (Sunday) near the entrance to the College of Business Administration and Economics.
The college is located in a mainly Shi'ite district of Baghdad, but also enrolls students from other sectarian groups. Insurgents have regularly attacked universities in Baghdad in recent months.
Iraqi police also reported several car bombings and rocket attacks in Baghdad today. In one incident, a car bomb exploded about 100 meters from the Iranian Embassy, killing two passersby. Authorities say the compound was not the target of the attack.
Police say several rockets also hit the Shi'ite district of Abu Dishir in Baghdad, wounding at least three people.
Iran Nuclear: Iranian state media quote President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying Iran will not reverse its controversial nuclear program despite international pressure.
Mr. Ahmadinejad said today (Sunday) Iran's development of technology for producing nuclear fuel is like a train with "no brakes and no reverse gear".
Iran ignored a U.N. Security Council deadline to suspend uranium enrichment by February 21st or face the risk of further U.N. sanctions.
Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful energy use. The United States and other Western powers suspect Tehran is trying to develop nuclear weapons.
In another development, Iranian media quote a deputy foreign minister (Manouchehr Mohammadi) as saying (today/Sunday) Iran is prepared for any situation in its nuclear dispute with the West, even a war.
On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the U.S. is not in a position to take military action against Tehran.
U.S. – Cheney Plane: U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney has left Singapore after his plane underwent repairs for a minor mechanical problem.
U.S. officials say Cheney's plane made a scheduled stop today (Sunday) at Singapore's Paya Lebar Air Base to refuel.
While there, the plane underwent repairs for a minor electrical problem. Officials did not describe the problem but said it was not a safety concern and had not affected flight plans.
Earlier, Australian Prime Minister John Howard had said Cheney's plane was diverted to Singapore because of unspecified problems.
Cheney traveled to Singapore from Australia, where he held talks with Mr. Howard and opposition leader Kevin Rudd.
Iran Space: Iranian state television says the country has launched its first rocket capable of reaching space.
The network quoted the head of Iran's space research center (Mohsen Bahrami) today (Sunday) as saying the rocket launch was successful. The official said the rocket was developed by Iranian scientists.
It was not clear from the report if the Iranian rocket had entered Earth orbit or when the launch occurred.
Iran has said in the past that it wants the capability to launch satellites into space. Tehran sent its first satellite into space in 2005 using a Russian rocket, and hopes to launch several more in the next few years.
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