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Delegates to yesterday’s nuclear talks with Iran hailed the meeting as a success. Attendees include Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s envoy to the IAEA, Mohamed ElBaradei, the UN atomic agency chief, and envoys from France, Russia, and the U.S. (Al Jazeera)

An American scientist that had worked on defense systems has been charged with spying after he attempted to pass of state secrets to someone he thought was an Israeli operative. (BBC)

The New York Times plans to shed 8 percent of its staff by the year’s end. (Crain’s)

Two bombs exploded in Islamabad’s Islamic University. There were about 3,000 students on campus, two were killed in the blasts and over a dozen were wounded. (France 24)

Hamid Karzai will indeed face a run-off in the Afghan presidential election. An independent commission  found that one in three votes cast for Karzai in the first round of voting were fraudulent. (Economist)

Obama will be in NYC today to campaign and raise money for Democratic candidates. After he’ll embark on a fall tour to Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and Virginia to stump for Democrats including Senator Chris Dodd and Governor Jon Corzine, among others. (NYT)

Indications: U.S. homebuilders broke ground on fewer homes in September, and lower-than-forecast housing prices showed slower growth than many expected. But builders may be paring back in anticipation of the Nov. 30 end of the government’s $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers, giving the Fed more reason to keep interest rates low to aid in market recovery. (Bloomberg)

Creating iPhone apps looks like the newest tech gold mine. (Crain’s)



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