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TEHRAN, May 17 (UPI) -- Iran and Turkey struck a deal in which Iran will ship low-enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for uranium enriched at a higher level, diplomats said.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Monday the Iranian government will send about 1,200 kilograms (2,640 pounds) of uranium enriched at 3.5 percent for 120 kilograms (264 pounds) enriched at 20 percent, Iranian-backed Press TV reported.

The International Atomic Energy Agency will receive an official letter about the agreement "within a week," Mehmanparast said.

The exchange will occur about a month after Iran received official approval from the Vienna Group, made up of representatives from Iran, France, Russia, the United States and the IAEA, Press TV said.

Diplomats said the agreement -- the result of trilateral talks among Iran, Turkey and Brazil -- could revive an earlier U.N.-backed proposal for Iran to exchange fuel outside its borders, The New York Times reported.

Word of the agreement began filtering out Sunday after talks in Tehran involving Brazil's president, Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. A Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman said Iran and Turkey reached agreement on the "principles" to revive the stalled nuclear fuel-swap deal backed by the United Nations.

Unclear was whether U.S. President Barack Obama's administration, which has insisted on a new round of sanctions over Iran's nuclear program, would accept a new version of the original United Nations-based deal for a fuel exchange. The original terms were thought to be desirable to the United States and Western allies because Iran would have temporarily relinquished most of its uranium.

Mehmanparast said Turkey, which doesn't enrich uranium, agreed to serve as the venue for the fuel exchange, the Los Angeles Times reported. It wasn't clear whether Turkey would be a guarantor for the low-enriched uranium or if the material would be shipped to a nation with refinement capacity.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis roared off its launch pad in Florida Friday and zoomed toward the International Space Station on its final mission.

Just before liftoff from Kennedy Space Center, Launch Director Mike Lienbach wished the six crew members "good luck and Godspeed" and told them to "have some fun out there."

Atlantis reached orbit without incident and was on its way toward the space station at about 17,500 mph, NASA said. The three main engines were shut off and Commander Ken Ham and his crew were to use smaller orbital maneuvering system engines to lift the shuttle higher into space for its two-day pursuit of the space station.

Atlantis lifted off and cleared the launch tower at 2:20:50 p.m. EDT and at 2:23:33 p.m. the twin solid rocket boosters fell away as designed, allowing the three main engines to push the spacecraft faster and higher.

In the minutes leading to liftoff, NASA engineers resolved concerns about the discovery of a ball bearing near the shuttle's payload bay.

The all-male shuttle crew members are on a 12-day mission to deliver an integrated cargo carrier and a Russian-built research module. The are to return to Earth May 26.

Just two shuttle flights are scheduled after Atlantis lifts off -- one flight by Discovery and one by Endeavour. NASA plans to end the 3-decade-old program by the end of this year.

The station is to remain operational until at least 2020 with NASA astronauts reaching it via Russian Soyuz spaceships until private companies develop spacecraft that can reliably ferry people into space.

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LONDON, May 12 (UPI) -- David Cameron has begun putting together a Cabinet as head of the first British coalition government in 70 years.

Cameron, 43, became prime minister when Labor's Gordon Brown stepped down Tuesday. That ended the political deadlock after last Thursday's elections gave Cameron's Conservative Party a plurality, but not majority, of seats in Parliament's House of Commons.

The Conservatives won 306 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons. Brown's Labor Party was next at 258 and the Liberal Democrats third with 57, creating a hung Parliament.

Brown, as sitting prime minister, could have tried to form a government but stepped aside leaving Cameron to turn to the Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats to put together a working majority.

The economy will be first order of business for Cameron, who was greeted on his first full day in office with word unemployment in the United Kingdom is at its highest since 1994.

The coalition, the first such ruling agreement in Britain since World War II, is an unexpected mix and as a commentator for American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report related, "the cynics are saying it may not be too long before the two governing parties are fighting like ferrets in a sack."

Clegg, however, said he doesn't see such conflicts as inevitable.

"I hope this is the start of the new politics I have always believed in -- diverse, plural, where politicians of different persuasions come together, overcome their differences in order to deliver good government for the sake of the whole country," he said, even while admitting his party members have "many questions, maybe many doubts."

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The two-week Cannes Film Festival is scheduled to begin May 12th, 2010.
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Violence continues to flourish through the streets of Iraq as the country remains in political uncertainty since national elections in March. On May 10, 2010 a wave of shootings and bombings directed at security forces and civilians killed nearly 100 people and injured at least 300 in Iraq, the deadliest attack since elections took place.

Collected below are 11 images from the most devastating car bomb attacks on Iraq since 2004.

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WASHINGTON, May 10 (UPI) -- Elena Kagan, a former Harvard Law School dean and current solicitor general, will be nominated to join the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kagan, if confirmed, would be the fourth woman on the country's highest court and, at 50, the youngest member who could have a voice on U.S. jurisprudence for decades.

U.S. President Barack Obama was to announce the nomination Monday, several media outlets reported, all citing unnamed sources.

Obama has been seeking a replacement for Justice John Paul Stevens since Stevens, 90, announced in April his intention to resign at the end of the current Supreme Court term. Stevens has been on the court since December 1975.

Kagan's selection isn't expected to alter the philosophical balance of the court if she replaces Stevens, who has led the more liberal side of the court. But she will be the first person in decades nominated to the court who isn't coming from a judgeship, and a lack of published judicial opinions and legal writings leave most of her stances unknown.

She missed out on a chance to join the federal appeals court when the U.S. Senate in 1999 never voted on her nomination by U.S. President Bill Clinton. She served as a clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall. She graduated from Harvard Law School, where she later served as dean from 2003 until joining the Obama administration as solicitor general.

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MOSCOW, May 9 (UPI) -- Soldiers from four NATO countries marched for the first time in Russia's annual Victory Day parade marking the victory in World War II, observers said.

Troops from Britain, France, Poland and the United States marched alongside 10,000 Russian forces while about two dozen world leaders attended the 65th anniversary, the BBC reported Sunday. The parade also featured tanks, ballistic missiles and a fly-over of 127 aircraft.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told spectators lessons from World War II "urge us to show solidarity."

"Peace is still fragile and it is our duty to remember that wars do not start in an instant," Medvedev said. "It is only together that we shall be able to counter modern threats."

Victory Day parades involving more than 102,000 service personnel and more than 200,000 veterans were conducted in 36 Russian cities, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.

Medvedev said the march on the Red Square "symbolizes our readiness to defend peace, to prevent the revision of the results of the war, to prevent new tragedies."

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