IRAN NUCLEAR: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says any new U.N. Security Council resolution will not stop his country from acquiring nuclear technology. He spoke after U.N. envoys from six world powers agreed in principle on a package of new sanctions against Iran for refusing to suspend its uranium enrichment activity. Envoys from Germany and the five permanent Security Council members (-- the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China --) say they expect to present the package to the full council later today.
NOKOR NUCLEAR: Envoys of the six nations involved in the effort to scrap North Korea's nuclear program are in Beijing today (Thursday) to work on details of carrying out last month's agreement. The working groups were created under the February 13th deal when North Korea agreed to shut its main nuclear facility within 60 days in exchange for fuel oil and steps toward normalization.
THAILAND-SOUTH: Thailand's army has declared a curfew in two districts of the country's Muslim-majority south following increased violence in the area. An army spokesman says the curfew will be in place for eight hours beginning at eight in the evening local time in the districts of Yala and Banang Sata, both in Yala province. On Wednesday, 11 people were wounded in a bomb attack outside a mosque in Yala, in what police officials described as an attempt to pit Muslims against Buddhists.
IRAQ: The U.S. military says the number of sectarian killings in Baghdad has dropped significantly in the month since the start of a U.S.-Iraqi crackdown in the Iraqi capital. U.S. Major General William Caldwell said Wednesday that murders and executions have been cut in half since the Baghdad security plan began on February 14th.
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