Iran will not allow UN nuclear experts to inspect military equipment at the Parchin complex where the US believes nuclear weapons are being developed. Instead, the experts will only be allowed to take environmental samples from the green spaces in the complex, Iran's foreign minister announced Sunday. The UN nuclear watchdog, headed by Mohamed ElBaradei, has been pressing Tehran for months to be allowed to inspect the military complex, long used by Iranians to research, develop, and produce ammunition, missiles, and high explosives. The US, at odds with ElBaradei's approach on Iran and North Korea, is working to prevent his reelection this summer to a third term as chief.
A comprehensive peace agreement signed Sunday marks the end of Sudan's civil war, which has cost more than 2 million lives since 1983. John Garagn, the country's main rebel leader who signed the agreement along with Sudan's vice president, said the deal will bring independence to all Sudanese for the first time and transform the nation, guaranteeing equality for all races, ethnic groups, and religions. US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who signed on as a witness, warned the parties that they must exercise their new partnership immediately to resolve the crisis in Darfur.
Internal audits of the UN's oil-for-food program reveal significant lapses in oversight that allowed contractors to overcharge by hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to copies of the audits obtained by The Associated Press. An independent panel led by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, who was appointed in April by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to investigate corruption at the oil-for-food program, was set to release 400 pages of the audits on Monday. In an interview published Friday in the New York Times, Volcker said that "there's enough smoke there that we know there was some monkey business."
The US military acknowledged it dropped a 500-pound bomb on the wrong house outside Mosul. The owner of the house, as well as an AP photographer on the scene, said the bomb killed 14 people, but the US military said only five people were killed. The incident comes at a delicate time, just three weeks before elections many say should be postponed.