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Iran nu­clear pact: The head of Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram said Sun­day that the Is­lamic Repub­lic has be­gun “pre­lim­i­nary ac­tiv­i­ties for de­sign­ing” a modern process for 20per­cent ura­nium en­rich­ment for its re­search re­ac­tor in Tehran, sig­nal­ing new dan­ger for the nu­clear deal. The com­ment on state tele­vi­sion from Ali Ak­bar Salehi in­creases the pres­sure on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity as 20-per­cent en­rich­ment would mean Iran has aban­doned the terms of the 2015 atomic ac­cord. Pres­i­dent Trump al­ready pulled the U.S. out of the ac­cord in May and re­sumed sanc­tions on Tehran. So far, United Na­tions in­spec­tors say Iran con­tin­ues to com­ply with the deal’s terms, which lim­its en­rich­ment to 3.5 per­cent.


China mine col­lapse: At least 21 coal min­ers were killed when a mine col­lapsed in north­ern China, state me­dia re­ported Sun­day. The dis­as­ter oc­curred Satur­day in Shenmu in Shaanxi province in the heart of the coun­try’s coal-min­ing belt, ac­cord­ing to state TV and the Xin­hua News Agency. Sixty-six other min­ers were res­cued. The num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties re­ported in cave-ins, ex­plo­sions and other dis­as­ters in Chi­nese coal mines has fallen sharply over the past decade, but the in­dus­try re­mains the world’s dead­li­est.


Se­vere storms: Three Ger­man skiers were killed in an avalanche in Aus­tria and a fourth was still miss­ing, po­lice said Sun­day as snow­fall again blan­keted the Alps. In France, two ski pa­trol mem­bers were killed when the de­vices they use to trig­ger avalanches ex­ploded. The two ac­ci­dents brought to at least 26 the num­ber of weath­er­re­lated deaths re­ported in parts of Europe this month. In Aus­tria, the wife of one of the Ger­man skiers re­ported them miss­ing on Satur­day. The bod­ies of the men, ages 32, 36 and 57, were re­cov­ered later Satur­day near the ski re­sort of Lech. In France, the HauteSavoie re­gion’s high moun­tain gen­darmerie said the pa­trol mem­bers were killed Sun­day in Mo­ril­lon.


Paris ex­plo­sion: Res­cuers found a woman’s body un­der the rub­ble of a bak­ery that was blown apart by a pow­er­ful ex­plo­sion, bring­ing the over­all death toll to four, au­thor­i­ties said Sun­day. The blast Satur­day in the Rue de Tre­vise in north-cen­tral Paris also in­jured dozens of peo­ple. Nine peo­ple were still in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, fire of­fi­cials said. The blast ap­peared to be ac­ci­den­tal. Fire­fight­ers were al­ready on the scene to in­ves­ti­gate a sus­pected gas leak at the bak­ery when the ex­plo­sion hap­pened. Two fire­fight­ers were among those killed.


Suri­name drugs: Au­thor­i­ties have con­fis­cated more than 5,000 pounds of co­caine in the largest seizure ever for the South Amer­i­can coun­try. Act­ing Po­lice Chief Roberto Prade said the co­caine was dis­cov­ered at the port in the cap­i­tal of Para­maribo con­cealed be­tween bags of rice in eight ship­ping con­tain­ers. No one has been ar­rested, but po­lice have iden­ti­fied four sus­pects af­ter last week’s dis­cov­ery. Prade said the drugs were des­tined for Europe.


Poland stab­bing: Pawel Adamow­icz, the mayor of the city of Gdansk, was in very se­ri­ous con­di­tion af­ter he was stabbed on­stage Sun­day dur­ing the fi­nale of a char­ity event, Poland’s in­te­rior min­is­ter said. Adamow­icz was at­tacked with a knife. In­te­rior Min­is­ter Joachim Brudzin­ski called the stab­bing “an act of in­ex­pli­ca­ble bar­bar­ity.” Po­lice said the sus­pect, who was ar­rested, is a 27-year-old with a crim­i­nal record. Adamow­icz has been mayor of Gdansk, a Baltic port city, since 1998. He was part of the demo­cratic op­po­si­tion born in that city un­der the lead­er­ship of Lech Walesa dur­ing the 1980s.

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