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Other News: Ahmadinejad Lashes Out at U.N.

September 29, 2009 at 12:00 AM EDT
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In other news, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticized U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon of "parroting" the baseless charges of Western nations, and flooding in the Philippines has left at least 280 people dead.
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JIM LEHRER: In other news today, Iranian President Ahmadinejad accused the U.N. secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, of parroting baseless charges by Western nations. The two men met on Friday at the U.N. Ban’s office said today he voiced grave concern that Iran is building a second facility to enrich uranium.

In New York, Ban said he appealed for cooperation.

BAN KI-MOON, secretary general, United Nations: I said clearly and directly that the burden of proof is on Iran to demonstrate that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. I urged him to open the country’s new structure to prompt and full inspection and to engage constructively in negotiations.

JIM LEHRER: Iran said the secretary general should have nothing to say until the U.N. nuclear agency makes its report.

The typhoon toll in the northern Philippines has risen sharply, to 284 dead or missing. Widespread flooding from Saturday’s storm affected nearly 2 million homes in Manila and the surrounding areas. Today, some people began cleaning up what was left of their homes. Thousands of others lined up for food and water at aid distribution centers.

Two U.S. soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in the southern Philippines today. It was the first such incident in seven years. American officials blamed a group linked to al-Qaida. They said the victims were part of a U.S. special operations force.

Hospitals overflowed in the western African nation of Guinea, a day after troops gunned down protesters. Human rights activists said at least 157 people were killed, 1,200 wounded. Streets around the capital’s main football stadium were empty today. But on Monday, there was mass panic, when soldiers fired on some 50,000 people demanding free elections.

Toyota has announced its largest recall ever in the U.S., 3.8 million vehicles. The automaker said today the problem is a removable floor mat. It can press against the gas pedal and cause a crash. The recall affects five Toyota car and truck models from recent years, plus two from Lexus.

On Wall Street today, stocks lost ground after a key measurement of consumer confidence fell in September. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 47 points to close at 9,742. The Nasdaq fell more than 6 points to close at 2,124.