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WORLD IN BRIEF: Clinton says US still open to talks with Iran

Clinton says US still open to talks with Iran

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday the Obama administration remains open to negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program, despite intransigence from Tehran.

Speaking to reporters at the State Department, Clinton said it is clear that administration efforts to engage Iran in talks to restrain its nuclear program in 2009 fell short. President Barack Obama had said that if Iran did not respond positively to his overtures by the start of 2010 he would move toward tougher sanctions.

Dubai names tallest building after Khalifa

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Dubai opened the world's tallest skyscraper Monday, and in a surprise move renamed the gleaming glass-and-metal tower Burj Khalifa in a nod to the leader of neighboring Abu Dhabi -- the oil-rich sheikdom which came to its rescue during the financial meltdown.

A lavish presentation witnessed by Dubai's ruler and thousands of onlookers at the base of the tower said the building was 828 meters, or 2,717 feet, tall.

Dubai is opening the tower in the midst of a deep financial crisis.

Afghan attacks kill 4 US troops, British soldier

KABUL -- A roadside bombing killed four U.S. service members -- the first American combat deaths of the year in Afghanistan -- while a British soldier died during a foot patrol elsewhere in the volatile south of the country, officials said Monday.

A statement from NATO's International Security Assistance Force said the explosion that killed the U.S. service members took place Sunday in the south, but did not give further details on the location or the victims' branch of service.

Afghan insurgents are increasingly turning to improvised explosive devices in their fight against Afghan and international forces. Of the 304 U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan last year, 129 were caused by IEDs, according to a tally by The Associated Press.

The deaths are the first U.S. fatalities from hostile action in Afghanistan this year. One U.S. service member died of noncombat causes so far in 2010.