Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

World in Brief

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

World in Brief

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Three killed by Texas tornados Iran is not making nuclear weapons, insists president IRAN'S president has insisted that his country's nuclear programme is peaceful and has no military use.

On a visit to Indonesia, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a TV interview that he was ready to engage in dialogue with anybody about the growing crisis.

"It has nothing to do with nuclear weapons, or military purposes," he said, adding that it was "ridiculous" for countries with nuclear arsenals of their own to be pressing Iran to curb its effort to develop nuclear energy. He said Iran had "capabilities" to defend its interests.

The US, Britain and France are seeking a UN resolution calling on Tehran to halt its uranium enrichment programme.

Shot mugger arrested at hospital A MUGGER who shot a 73-year-old man was arrested at the New York hospital where his victim had been taken when he also showed up to be treated for a bullet wound.

The elderly victimwas shot several times yesterday in Brooklyn by two men demandingmoney. An off-duty detective who heard the commotion ran to the scene. More shots were fired before the muggers escaped by car. Police said a 21-year-old man, arrested at King's County hospital, was taken into custody.

Charges against him are pending.

Stones' Keith leaves hospital KEITH RICHARDS was discharged from hospital in New Zealand today. A spokeswoman said the Rolling Stones guitarist would remain an outpatient as he recovered from brain surgery following a fall in Fiji. In a letter to Auckland's Ascot Hospital, Richards thanked doctors and "the beautiful ladies who make painful nights less painful and shorter". He added: "I hope I wasn't too much of a pain in the arse, after all it was my head they fixed. Many thanks, Kiwis."

Reports have variously claimed he fell out of a tree or from a jet ski on 27 April.

Sniffer rats tackle minefields POLICE in Colombia are training rats to sniff out landmines in a bid to stop their dogs getting blown up. …

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