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Iran official blasts nuclear resolution

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Tehran, Iran Iran’s foreign minister called a resolution by the U.N. nuclear watchdog that puts it just one step away from possible Security Council sanctions “illegal and illogical” and accused the United States on Sunday of orchestrating the measure.

Separately, in a letter to Iran’s ultraconservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, some 180 out of 290 lawmakers called on his government to cancel Iran’s voluntary suspension of nuclear activities and scale back cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The resolution passed Saturday by the IAEA board could lead to Iran’s referral to the U.N. Security Council for violating the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty – and possible sanctions – unless Tehran eases suspicions about its nuclear activities. Iran insists its nuclear program is designed for generating electricity.

Leaders work plan to cut nations’ debt

Washington Financial leaders, wrapping up three days of talks on Sunday, nailed down a landmark plan to wipe out poor countries’ debt and explored ways to limit the fallout from rising energy prices.

The 184-nation International Monetary Fund and the World Bank held weekend sessions, while the world’s seven biggest industrial powers met as a group on Friday.

The debt plan could allow poor nations to increase spending on fighting poverty, improving education or buying drugs for HIV/AIDS or malaria.

The World Bank’s steering committee endorsed the debt- cancellation deal on Sunday, one day after the IMF.

McCain says abuse reports harming U.S.

Washington Sen. John McCain said Sunday that abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers, alleged anew in a report and under investigation again by the Army, is hurting the nation’s image abroad.

“We’ve got to have it stopped,” McCain, R-Ariz., said on “This Week” on ABC. “I don’t know if these allegations are true or not, but they have to be investigated.”

Human Rights Watch issued a report Friday based on interviews with a captain and two sergeants who served in a battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division stationed at a military base near Fallujah. The report alleged that Army soldiers systematically tortured Iraqi detainees from 2003 into 2004, hitting them with baseball bats and dousing them with chemicals.

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