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In Brief: Iran fury over US 'plot' claim

IRAN has formally complained to the US over claims that the Iranian government was involved in an alleged plot to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States.

A US official said a diplomatic note was received expressing displeasure with the accusations levelled earlier this month, which the country denies.

The official said the note was delivered through the Swiss embassy in Tehran, which represents US interests in Iran since the two countries do not have diplomatic relations.

US government prosecutors claim an Iranian government agent was involved in plotting the assassination of the Saudi ambassador.



Man on trial for girl's murder

A South African man will stand trial in England today accused of the murder of a six-year-old girl who was killed in an arson attack on her home seven years ago.

Zimbabwean-born Dumo Sibanda died after a fire was started at her home in Crawley, Sussex, in 2004.

Members of her family managed to escape the fierce blaze but Dumo was found inside. George Champion Sithole (41) was extradited from Johannesburg to Heathrow in March.



Taliban suicide blast kills three

A suicide car bomb has killed three guards at a checkpoint near a United Nations agency guest house in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province.

The bomber set off the explosives near the International Relief Development organisation's office, several other insurgents rushed through and seized control of an animal clinic.

The clinic is near a guest house for the United Nations Assistance Mission. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.



Right tightens grip in Bulgaria

The ruling conservative party's candidate declared victory in Bulgaria's presidential run-off election after exit polls showed he won convincingly.

Rosen Plevneliev's win means the ruling GERB party now controls all the major posts in Bulgaria, which will bolster its push for painful economic reforms.