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WORLD IN BRIEF: US, Russia clash over nuke plant

MOSCOW -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her Russian counterpart clashed openly Thursday over the planned launch this summer of Iran's first, Russian-built nuclear power plant, highlighting a split in views over how to steer Iran away from nuclear weapons.

Clinton did not criticize the long-delayed project directly but said the Obama administration is opposed to the timing of the nuclear plant's startup. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced the summer startup plans on Thursday, shortly after Clinton arrived for a two-day visit.

Putin's announcement adds another complication to the already long list of issues on which Clinton and her Russian hosts don't agree. Clinton is seeing Putin today.

Ex-Scotland Yard detective jailed for drugs

LONDON -- A former Scotland Yard drug squad detective was jailed Thursday for his role in a botched attempt to smuggle hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Ireland.

Prosecutors said Michael Daly, 49, was one of the chief organizers of a plot to land some 1.65 tons of high-quality cocaine on the coast of southern Ireland, where his family had a home.

Daly and his predominantly London-based gang of cocaine runners arranged for a catamaran full of Colombian cocaine to sail from the Caribbean island of Barbados to a point off the coast of Ireland, where it was picked up by an inflatable dinghy in the early hours of July 2, 2007.

But the plan fell apart after a member of the crew accidentally filled the dinghy's twin engines with diesel instead of gasoline, stranding them in unusually rough seas just a few hundred yards from shore.

Gaza rocket kills Thai farm worker in Israel

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- A rocket fired by Gaza militants smashed into a greenhouse in an Israeli border village Thursday, killing a Thai worker in the first such death since Israel's massive offensive against Hamas-ruled Gaza more than a year ago.

The launch defied a long-standing ban by the Hamas on such attacks and highlighted the growing challenge to the Islamic militant group from more radical rivals, including al-Qaida-inspired firebrands.