International brief ~ IAEA, Brazil agree on uranium enrichment D. Wes Rist at 2:17 PM ET
[JURIST] Brazil (official government site in Portuguese) has announced that it has received full approval from the International Atomic Energy Agency to begin producing enriched uranium. The IAEA and Brazil had been ironing out a deal to allow the country to produce its own nuclear material so long as there was no weapon's grade material produced. The IAEA was required to inspect Brazil's facilities prior to approval for production according to the IAEA statute. Brazil had originally balked at allowing IAEA inspectors access to the facility, claiming a fear of industrial espionage. Read the official press release from the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology here (Portuguese). JURIST's Paper Chase has background. Bloomberg has more.... Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi announced Thursday that he has accepted "in principle" the ruling of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission set up by the International Court of Justice. Zenawi said he would submit the ruling to the Ministers of Parliament for approval. UN Peacekeepers from the UN Mission on Ethiopia and Eritrea in the area have been unable to set up protection in the area because of a lack of a defined boundary. BBC News has more.... Venezuela (official government site in Spanish) passed a new media law Thursday which has come under fire from human rights groups as too restrictive. The Social Responsibility in TV and Radio Act (Spanish text here) encourages higher standards in broadcasting, protects children from inappropriate sex and violence and democratises access to the airways. The legislation has been the subject of fierce debate in the Venezualan National Assembly (official site in Spanish), but finally received a majority. Opposition members to President Hugo Chavez (official site in Spanish) claim that the law is aimed at silencing them, as they control most of the private media in Venezuala. BBC News has more.
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