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McClatchy Washington Bureau | 06/02/2008 | Both McCain, Obama exaggerating Iran's nuclear program

McClatchy Washington Bureau | 06/02/2008 | Both McCain, Obama exaggerating Iran's nuclear program: "WASHINGTON — The presumptive Republican nominee for president and the leading contender for the Democratic nomination are exaggerating what's known about Iran's nuclear program as they duel over how best to deal with Tehran.

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., say that Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

The U.S. intelligence community, however, thinks that Iran halted an effort to build a nuclear warhead in mid-2003, and the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency, which is investigating the program, has found no evidence to date of an active Iranian nuclear-weapons project.

The candidates' comments raise questions about how carefully the two have studied the public record on what's become a major campaign issue and is one of the most difficult foreign-policy challenges likely to confront the next president."

Al Jazeera English - News - Somali Side Wants Ethiopian Pullout

Al Jazeera English - News - Somali Side Wants Ethiopian Pullout
Somalia's Muslim opposition representatives taking part in peace talks in Djibouti have said that a timetable for Ethiopian troop withdrawal is a condition for direct government talks.

However, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, the president of the transitional Somali government, says such a pullout requires a UN deployment.

The two sides spoke during a visit by a UN Security Council mission to Djibouti, where UN-sponsored reconciliation efforts resumed on May 31 in a bid to end 17 years of almost uninterrupted conflict.