VIENNA, May 18 (UPI) -- The International Atomic Energy Agency Friday raised the level of its talks with Iran with an announcement that its director is going to Tehran.
Yukiya Amano is to be in Iran for one day for direct negotiations with Saeed Jalili, Iran's top negotiator, The New York Times reported. Herman Nackaerts, Amano's deputy, who has been leading talks with Iran in Vienna over access to its Parchin military base, will accompany Amano.
The IAEA wants nuclear inspectors to have full access to the base because of suspicions that triggers for nuclear weapons are being developed there. Iran, which maintains its nuclear program is only for power generation, has refused.
Talks are scheduled Wednesday in Baghdad on Iran's nuclear program with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany. The IAEA argues opening Parchin to inspection would be a signal Iran is sincere about its intentions.
Anti-NATO protesters disrupt Chicago
CHICAGO, May 18 (UPI) -- Anti-NATO protesters disrupted traffic in downtown Chicago Friday following the first official demonstration tied to the NATO summit.
Police, some in riot gear, arrested at least one demonstrator on the Michigan Avenue Bridge after protesters swarmed the area, blocking traffic. One demonstrator was caught on video by WLS-TV, Chicago, tearing down one of the NATO welcoming signs on a bridge tower.
Demonstrators said police used a maneuver known as "kettling" to disperse the protesters, some of whom regrouped and headed toward the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, blocking intersections in the city's financial district.
Occupy Chicago posted messages on Twitter, urging demonstrators to converge on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's North Side home Saturday to demand "healthcare not warfare."
Afghan President Hamid Karzai was among the first heads of state to arrive in Chicago. His motorcade shut down the Kennedy Expressway as he headed downtown from O'Hare International Airport.
Chicago is the first U.S. city outside of Washington to host a NATO summit and city officials said they hope the city will make a good impression, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday.
U.S. President Barack Obama was to arrive Saturday following the G8 meeting. His first meeting Sunday was to be with Karzai, Obama's security adviser said.
Emanuel said the cost of the event will be covered by a $19 million federal grant and $37 million in commitments from private donors, the Tribune reported.
Some businesses, concerned about possible violence by protesters, suggested their downtown employees work from home during the summit. Restaurateurs reported weekend bookings down markedly because of fears of violence.
Residents have been warned to expect traffic disruptions on expressways as motorcades move through the city. Some commuter rail stations have been closed and Metra passengers have been informed of tough restrictions on backpacks, food and other items.
Edwards jury deliberation over for weekend
GREENSBORO, N.C., May 18 (UPI) -- Jurors in former U.S. Sen. John Edwards' federal campaign corruption trial concluded deliberation for the weekend Friday afternoon in Greensboro, N.C.
Jurors will resume deliberation Monday morning, The (Raleigh) News & Observer reported.
If convicted, Edwards could face up to 30 years in jail and a $1.5 million fine; however, ABC News reported it is unlikely Edwards would be hit with the maximum penalty.
Edwards is accused of illegally using more than $1 million in donations to cover up his affair with aide Rielle Hunter, and her pregnancy, during his campaign for the 2008 presidential nomination.
The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer reported Edwards' attorney, Abbe Lowell, asserted in her closing arguments Thursday a moral failing is not necessarily a criminal offense.
"John was a bad husband, but there is not the remotest chance that John did or intended to violate the law," Lowell told the court, adding that for his infidelity and dishonesty "he's going to serve a life sentence for them."
Lowell instead implicated another Edwards aide, Andrew Young, alleging Young solicited the money from donors and used the scandal to his advantage. Lowell said Young and his wife Cheri "shame Bonnie and Clyde."
Search ends for plane crash victims
CIJERUK, Indonesia, May 18 (UPI) -- The search for victims of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 collision with Mount Salak, West Java, Indonesia, was officially brought to a close Friday, officials said.
Col. A.M. Putranto, military coordinator of the Indonesian search team, led a small ceremony Friday to the evacuation command post in Cijeruk, Bogor.
"In accordance with the National Search and Rescue Agency's decision, evacuation operations are officially ended," Putranto said. "We will, however, continue to comb the site to search for some materials of the plane."
The passenger plane carrying 45 passengers crashed May 9, and as of Friday morning, search teams identified only 15 victims.
Teams have already discovered the cockpit voice recorders and two "black boxes" from the wreckage, but will continue to search with a 45-person team, aided by the Russian Emergencies Ministry's search team, ITAR-Tass reported.
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