Reactor fuel in works
Iran said Tuesday that it was converting some of its enriched uranium into reactor fuel, the state news agency IRNA reported, potentially limiting the expansion of stockpiles that the West fears could be used for weapons. Iranian officials are to meet today in Tehran with Herman Nackaerts, the deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog, who has been pressing for access to a restricted military area at Parchin, 20 miles south of Tehran.
19 insurgents killed
Thai soldiers fending off a major assault on a military base in the country’s violence-plagued south killed 19 insurgents, authorities said Wednesday. The death toll was the biggest inflicted on the Muslim guerrillas since fighting began nearly a decade ago. About 50 militants wearing military-like uniforms raided a marine corps base in Bacho district in Narathiwat province late Tuesday night, Col. Pramote Promin said. Soldiers who fended off the attack suffered no casualties, he said.
Marriage bill passes
France’s lower house of parliament approved a sweeping bill on Tuesday to legalize gay marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt children, handing a major legislative victory to President Francois Hollande’s Socialists. The measure, approved in the National Assembly in a 329-229 vote, puts France on track to join about a dozen mostly European nations that allow gay marriage and comes despite a string of recent demonstrations by opponents of the so-called “marriage for all” bill.
Rebels take small base
Rebels captured a small military base near Aleppo on Tuesday and stormed another in the same area that protects a major airport, a day after seizing Syria’s largest dam. With the back-to-back blows to President Bashar Assad’s regime, opposition fighters appear to be regaining some momentum, expanding their northern zone of control while at the same time pushing deeper into the heart of Damascus.
Compiled from wire reports.