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Infants killed in orphanage fire buried Bosnian men lower one of five coffins of babies who were killed in a fire at an orphanage. Hundreds gathered at a Sarajevo cemetery Wednesday to bury the infants. An early-morning fire tore through the orphanage Sunday, killing the babies and injuring 17 others and a nurse who tried to save them.

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ANKARA, Turkey Iran, Western envoys talk

Senior Iranian and Western envoys on Wednesday scheduled a new round of talks in two weeks after speaking of progress in trying to break the deadlock over Tehran’s refusal to meet U.N. Security Council demands that it freeze its uranium enrichment program.

European Union senior foreign policy chief Javier Solana and senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani spoke after their second meeting of the day — unscheduled dinner talks that documented potential headway in the dispute even before the announcement of a new round in coming weeks.

“We will have some talks tomorrow and in two weeks,” Larijani told reporters at the end of the two rounds of discussions that ran nearly six hours.

CHICAGO Dud bombs lead to arrest

An Iowa machinist was arrested Wednesday and charged with sending dud pipe bombs and threatening letters to investment companies in Denver and Kansas City in an effort to drive up stock prices. Authorities said he signed the messages “The Bishop.”

John P. Tomkins, 42, of Dubuque, Iowa, was arrested on his way to work, and federal agents began searching his home and a storage facility, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

A criminal complaint unsealed in Chicago charged Tomkins with one count of mailing a threatening communication with intent to extort and one count of possession of an unregistered explosive device. Officials said the pipe bombs would have exploded had just one wire been connected.

MOSCOW Yeltsin laid to rest

Russia bade a solemn farewell Wednesday to Boris Yeltsin, its first post-Soviet president, with a sonorous funeral under the gilded arches of a cathedral near the Kremlin and burial in a leafy cemetery near the banks of the Moscow River.

Two dozen white-robed priests led the service before a crowd of dignitaries, including his hand-picked successor, President Vladimir Putin, and other world leaders of his era, including former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and Sir John Major, Britain’s ex-prime minister.

It was a quiet finale for one of the most dynamic figures of Russia’s recent history.

NEW YORK Shrek health drive blasted

A children’s advocacy group wants the Department of Health and Human Services to oust Shrek, the animated ogre, from his role as spokesman for an anti-obesity drive.

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood says the soon-to-open “Shrek the Third” has too many promotional ties with unhealthy foods to justify using Shrek as a health advocate.

“There is an inherent conflict of interest between marketing junk food and promoting public health,” Susan Linn, the group’s director, wrote in a letter sent Wednesday to HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt.

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