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Nicaraguan presidential candidate Lewites dies

Compiled from Times wires
Published July 3, 2006


MANAGUA, Nicaragua - Nicaraguan presidential candidate Herty Lewites died of a heart attack Sunday, his party's president said. He was 67.

Dora Maria Tellez told the Associated Press that Lewites, a former Managua mayor, died at a hospital in the capital.

He had been trailing in third place in polls ahead of the Nov. 5 election, after splitting with the leftist Sandinista party.

Iran again refuses to set timetable for its response

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran on Sunday again rejected a deadline to respond to an international proposal to end the standoff over its nuclear program, saying it would respond in a month.

"We do not consider such statements as constructive and invite them to wait for our answer until next month," said Hamidreza Assefi, the Foreign Ministry spokesman, the ISNA news agency reported.

The next month in the Iranian calendar begins July 23.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had previously said that Iran would give its answer around Aug. 23.

2 British soldiers killed in attack in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan - An insurgent attack on a British base killed two British soldiers and an Afghan interpreter, military officials said Sunday, while at least 20 militants died during clashes and coalition airstrikes.

A U.S. helicopter crashed in an accident in southern Afghanistan, killing one crew member, the U.S. military said.

2 Airbus officials resign after production delays

FRANKFURT, Germany - The head of Airbus and the co-chief of its parent company resigned Sunday after the disclosure of production delays for the Airbus A380 jumbo plane and an investigation into insider trading, which together have sent its shares tumbling.

Noel Forgeard, co-chief executive of the parent company, the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co., and Gustav Humbert, the chief executive of Airbus, stepped down under pressure from their largest shareholders, the French government and the Lagardere Group of France on one side, and DaimlerChrysler of Germany on the other.

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