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Iran: 1000+ Students Change Majors to Nuclear Physics, Engineering

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Approximately 1,300 Iranian university students have applied to switch their majors to the field of nuclear sciences following the assassination of a top nuclear expert in Iran, a government official reportedly said late Monday.

"Three hundred talented students at Sharif University and about a thousand brilliant students at the country's universities have applied in recent days to change their major and start studying nuclear physics and nuclear engineering," Kamran Daneshjo, Iranian Minister of Science Research and Technology, said in a press conference Monday, according to Iran's Tehran Times.

Daneshjo's comments came five days after the assassination of 32-year-old Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a former graduate of Sharif University and, until his death, the deputy director of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, according to Iranian media.

Roshan was killed Jan. 11 when a magnetic explosive device was slipped under his car by a motorcyclist and then detonated, according to Iranian news reports. He is the fourth Iranian nuclear scientist assassinated in the past two years. Iranian officials swiftly blamed the U.S. and Israel for having a hand in the murder. U.S. officials strongly denied any involvement and condemned the attack, while a spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces wrote online, "I don't know who settled a score with the Iranian scientist, but I am certainly not shedding a tear."

Early Tuesday, Iranian First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi said the country's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, ordered "extra security precautions" be taken to protect Iran's current nuclear experts and engineers, according to Iranian media. A "special security task force" has already been assembled for the purpose, Rahimi said.

"Criminals who believed [they] could hinder Iran's progress by conducting terrorist acts should know that such actions could never discourage the Iranian nation from moving towards further prosperity," Ahmadinejad said, as paraphrased by Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency. Ahmadinejad made the remarks at a ceremony to commemorate the "martyrs" of Iran's nuclear industry, the IRNA said.

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Three Arrested American Exchange Students Return Home from Cairo

ABC News(CAIRO) -- The three American exchange students who were arrested Tuesday in Cairo on suspicion of throwing Molotov cocktails have returned to the United States.

Derrik Sweeney, Luke Gates and Gregory Porter are back on American soil after they were accused of tossing firebombs from the roof of a campus building overlooking Tahrir square during a rally.

Gates arrived home to Indianapolis, thanking the general consulate in Cairo for his release. Sweeney arrived in St. Louis and said the first night after he was arrested was the scariest night of his life. Porter arrived in Philadelphia and said he was thankful to be back and was grateful for the help he received from U.S. and Egyptian officials.

A spokesperson for American University in Cairo confirmed Tuesday that the students being detained were Sweeney, of Georgetown University; Porter, of Drexel University; and Gates of Indiana University.

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US Gains Access to Three American Students Detained in Cairo

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. State Department has received consular access to the three American students detained in Cairo, but won’t confirm their identities due to Privacy Act concerns. There was no immediate word on their conditions.

“Our officials in Cairo do remain in close contact with Egyptian authorities regarding their cases. We're also in close contact with the families of the three detained U.S. citizens,” spokesman Mark Toner said.

“Our concern right there -- right now is to provide them with necessary consular support as well as act as an intermediary between the families and the -- and the Egyptian authorities,” he said.

Toner confirmed that no charges have yet been filed.

The three U.S. exchange students at American University in Cairo are reportedly accused of tossing firebombs from the roof of a campus building overlooking Tahrir square during a rally.

A spokesperson for American University in Cairo told ABC News Radio on Tuesday that the students being detained were Georgetown University student Derrik Sweeney; Drexel University student Gregory Porter, of Glenside, Pa.; and Indiana University student Luke Gates, of Bloomingdale, Ind.

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Biden Tells Chinese Students of His Troubles with Stuttering

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(CHENGDU, China) -- Vice President Joe Biden was praised as an "accomplished public speaker" by Chinese university students on Sunday during a Q&A session in Chengdu, China.

In response, Biden told the audience his ability to communicate clearly and sincerely hasn't been without challenges, likening his personal journey to that of Britain's King George III, whose struggle to overcome a stutter was recently profiled in The King's Speech.

"But for the royal blood and the money, that could have been me," Biden said of the monarch.

"I was a serious stutterer when I was in school as a child, as a high school student, and even into college," he said.  "And I practiced very, very hard by myself, standing in front of a mirror, trying to enunciate without contorting my face."

Biden discussed speech impediments and the stigmas they carry as examples of communication barriers that can exist between political leaders and peoples, sometimes creating unintended conflict.

"The thing that I’m most embarrassed about in my career of 38 years of having an opportunity to literally meet every major world leader in the last 38 years ... is -- and in the back of my head, I’m embarrassed in front of you -- I’m embarrassed I can’t speak to you in Chinese," Biden confessed to his audience.

"I would -- seriously -- I would rather be able to honor you and show my respect for you by speaking your language, as you honor me by speaking mine," he said.

Biden said Chinese and American students who are studying to become bilingual will help bridge the language gap between the two countries and build continued goodwill.

"I have great faith in all of you," Biden told the young crowd.  "The fact there’s a hundred thousand students here at this great university, the fact that there are millions of Chinese at universities throughout this country; the fact that there’s 130,000 Chinese nationals ... going to American universities is the stuff which gives me faith."

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Student Protesters Continue to Riot in Chile

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(SANTIAGO, Chile) -- Hundreds have been arrested as thousands of student protesters continue to battle against riot police in Santiago, Chile, demanding reforms within the country's educational system.  

The protests -- which have been going on for weeks -- began peacefully but escalated when some protesters broke off from the crowd and began fighting police, looting and starting fires in the Chilean capital, according to BBC News.

Demonstrators say Chile's educational system lacks funding and is unfair, prompting President Sebastian Pinera, whose approval rating has recently fallen below 30 percent, to promise additional funds.

Just last week, Chilean policymakers presented a plan consisting of 21 reforms that would increase funding, improve instructor training, provide for more scholarships and address unpaid student loan debt.

Criticizing the government for not also tackling needed improvements in private education, students refused the plan.

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