Iran opens nonaligned summit with nuclear appeals
Iran opened a world gathering of self-described nonaligned nations Sunday with a slap at the UN Security Council and an appeal to rid the world of nuclear weapons, even as Tehran faces Western suspicions that it is seeking its own atomic bombs.


Iran seeks to use the weeklong gathering – capped by a two-day summit of Non-Aligned Movement leaders – as a showcase of its global ties and efforts to challenge the influence of the West and its allies. Among those expected to attend include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the prime minister of India, Manmohan Singh, whose nation remains an important Iranian oil customer as Tehran battles Western sanctions over its nuclear program. (AP)