TEHRAN, Iran

International nuclear inspectors to visit 2 sites

International nuclear inspectors will visit two sites in Iran in the coming days, the country’s official news agency reported Sunday, as an official said that would fulfill a series of demands made by the United Nations nuclear watchdog.

The demands by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which Iran was required to meet by May 15, include releasing information about its efforts to develop a type of explosive detonator that can be used in nuclear weapons.

A report by Iran’s official IRNA news agency quoted Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman of Iran’s atomic department, as saying the inspectors will visit a uranium mine and a uranium-thickening facility in central Iranian towns of Ardakan and Yazd on Monday and Tuesday.

NEW YORK

Coca-Cola dropping Powerade ingredient targeted by teen

Coca-Cola is dropping a controversial ingredient from its Powerade sports drink, after a similar move by PepsiCo’s Gatorade last year.

The ingredient, brominated vegetable oil, had been the target of a petition by a Mississippi teenager, who questioned why it was being used in a drink marketed toward health-conscious athletes. The petition on Change.org noted that the ingredient is linked to a flame retardant and is not approved for use in Japan or the European Union.

TRIPOLI, Libya

lslamist-backed interim prime minister sworn in

Libya’s parliament swore in an Islamist-backed businessman as the country’s new interim prime minister Sunday after a disputed vote and a walkout by secular lawmakers, the latest political turmoil in a country where powerful militias hold sway years after its civil war.

Despite the protest, the interim parliament named 42-year-old businessman Ahmed Matiq as prime minister in a rushed televised session headed by the second deputy of parliament, Saleh al-Makhzoum, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Justice and Construction Party. But with lawmakers promising to challenge the decision, it remains unclear who will be prime minister in Libya.

– From news service reports