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October 29th, 2009
World Links: Iran Responds to Nuclear Deal, Race for E.U. President Begins

Iran hands over an initial response to a draft deal with the U.N. under which the country’s uranium would be sent abroad for processing. Iran is seeking two crucial changes to the plan — a slower timetable for delivery and the “simultaneous exchange” of nuclear fuel in return — but Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the country is ready to cooperate.

The Taliban and Al Qaeda deny involvement in yesterday’s bombing that killed over 100 people in a crowded market in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Kuwait’s highest court rules that female parliamentarians do not need to wear a headscarf. The ruling comes a few weeks after another victory for women’s rights in the country, in which the court ruled that married women do not need their husbands’ approval in order to obtain a passport.

On the sidelines of an E.U. summit in Brussels, the discussion of who will be named the bloc’s first president heats up. Britain’s Tony Blair, Luxembourg’s Jean-Claude Juncker and Latvia’s Vaira Vike-Freiberga top the list of possibilities.

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