1. NUCLEAR

    Report: Iran Begins Enriching Uranium

    Iranian students, carrying anti-US placards and portraits of the Islamic republic's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, protest outside the Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility in support of Iran's nuclear program and against military threats by Israel on November 15, 2011. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Iran has begun enriching uranium in a bunker deep inside a mountain, the leading hard-line newspaper Kayhan reported Sunday, in another show of defiance against Western powers. The country's move to continue refinement work in Fordow, a facility near the city of Qom in central Iran, will likely complicate diplomatic efforts to resolve the charges against Iran that it is trying to make a nuclear weapon—charges that Iran denies, saying it's only using uranium for energy. The fact that enrichment is taking place in underground labs shielded from aerial surveillance and protected against airstrikes by 300 feet of mountain rock will not help matters.

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