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Sunday, September 26, 2010; 10:48 PM

Worm invades PCs at nuclear power plant

A complex computer worm capable of seizing control of industrial plants has affected the personal computers of staff working at Iran's first nuclear power station weeks before the facility is to go online, the official Iranian news agency reported Sunday.

The project manager at the Bushehr nuclear plant, Mahmoud Jafari, said a team is trying to remove the malware from several affected computers, though it "has not caused any damage to major systems of the plant," the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

It was the first sign that the malicious Stuxnet code, which has spread to many industries in Iran, has also affected equipment linked to the country's nuclear program, which is at the core of the dispute between Tehran and Western powers.

- Associated Press

Tokyo dismisses China in fisherman dispute

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan waded into an acrimonious dispute over Japan's detention of a Chinese fisherman on Sunday, dismissing China's demands for an apology and compensation as out of the question.

The row has bounced back and forth between the two sides with demands for an apology and rejections, illustrating the fragility of ties between Asia's two biggest economies troubled by Chinese memories of wartime occupation and maritime territorial disputes.

Fishing trawler captain Zhan Qixiong was released and arrived back in China on Saturday after his boat collided with Japanese patrol ships on Sept 7 near disputed islets, known as the Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese. His trawler and crew had earlier been freed.

- Reuters

British aid worker, 3 colleagues kidnapped

Afghan election officials ordered recounts Sunday in seven provinces after last week's parliamentary elections, while security problems continued to plague the country with the kidnapping of four aid workers, including one British woman.

The British worker and three Afghan colleagues were ambushed as they traveled in two vehicles in northeastern Kunar province. Police fought a gunbattle with the kidnappers near the ambush site before the assailants fled, Kunar police chief Khalilullah Zaiyi said.


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