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No grand jury for shooter

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A grand jury will not look into the Trayvon Martin death, a special prosecutor said Monday, eliminating the possibility of a first-degree murder charge and leaving the decision of whether to charge the teen's shooter in her hands alone.

Angela Corey said her decision had no bearing on whether she would file charges against George Zimmerman, the neighbourhood watch volunteer who has said he shot the unarmed black teen in self-defence. Corey could charge him with a serious felony such as manslaughter, which can carry a lengthy prison sentence.

The case has led to protests across the U.S. and spurred a debate about race and the laws of self-defence. Martin was black; Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is Hispanic.

lran ready to bargain

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran is signalling a possible compromise offer heading into critical talks with world powers deeply suspicious of its nuclear program, offering to scale back uranium enrichment but not abandon the ability to make nuclear fuel.

The proposal -- floated by the country's nuclear chief as part of the early parrying in various capitals before negotiations get underway Friday -- suggested sanctions-battered Iran is ready to bargain.

But this gambit, at least, appeared to fall short of western demands Iran hand over its most potent nuclear material and ease a standoff that has rattled nerves and spooked markets with seesaw oil prices and threats of Israeli military strikes.

The talks involving Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council nations plus Germany, are the first direct negotiations on Tehran's nuclear program since a swift collapse more than 14 months ago.

Nuclear test coming: report

SEOUL, South Korea -- Recent satellite images show North Korea is digging a new underground tunnel in what appears to be preparation for a third nuclear test, according to South Korean intelligence officials.

The excavation at North Korea's northeast Punggye-ri site, where nuclear tests were conducted in 2006 and 2009, is in its final stages, according to a report by intelligence officials that was shared Monday with The Associated Press.

Its release comes as North Korea prepares to launch a long-range rocket that Washington says is a cover for testing missile technology that could be used to fire on the United States.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 10, 2012 A9

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