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Tehran claims proof US killed scientist


TEHRAN - Iran said yesterday that it has evidence that the United States was behind the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran, state media reported. Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan was killed in a daylight assassination Wednesday when two assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to his car. The IRNA state news agency said that Iran’s Foreign Ministry sent a diplomatic letter to the United States saying that it has “evidence and reliable information’’ that the CIA provided “guidance, support and planning’’ to assassins “directly involved’’ in Roshan’s killing. The United States has denied any role. (AP)


President handily wins reelection

TAIPEI - President Ma Ying-jeou was reelected by a comfortable margin yesterday, fending off a challenge from his main rival, Tsai Ing-wen, who criticized his handling of the economy but also sought to exploit fears among voters that Ma’s conciliatory approach toward China was eroding sovereignty. Since Ma’s election in 2008, Taiwanese exports and investment in China have soared; at home, the economy has been buoyed by more than 3 million mainland tourists since his inauguration. (New York Times)


Danes celebrate queen’s 40th year

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Tens of thousands of flag-waving Danes braved near-freezing temperatures yesterday to cheer their popular figurehead monarch as she marked 40 years on the throne. Escorted by mounted Hussars, Queen Margrethe rode in an 1840 horse-drawn carriage through Copenhagen to a City Hall reception. (AP)