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Iran, Turkey disagree
on Syrian leadership
Politicians visit Neb. plant
where 'pink slime' is made
over keeping Assad
staying in power
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian
and Turkish leaders exchanged
sharply opposing views yester-
day as they discussed how to deal
with the crisis in Syria.
Iranian Supreme Leader Aya-
tollah Ali Khamenei said Teh-
ran strongly supports reforms
in Syria under President Bashar
Assad, but visiting Turkish
prime minister said Assad can't
be trusted and must step down.
The unusual public acknowl-
edgment of sharp differences
between the two neighbors came
on the second day of a state visit
to Iran by Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan arrived in Tehran
from South Korea, where he
attended a nuclear security sum-
mit and had talks with President
Iran is Syria's closest ally, and
Tehran has staunchly backed
Assad during Syria's year-long
"Iran will defend Syria because
of (its) support of the resistance
front against the Zionist regime
and is strongly opposed to any
interference by foreign forces in
Syria's internal affairs," Khame-
nei told Erdogan. "The Islamic
Republic of Iran is categorically
opposed to any plan initiated by
the U.S. regarding Syria."
Khamenei rejected Turkey's
position that Assad must step
"We support reforms in Syria.
-The reforms that began in Syria
need to continue," state TV quot-
ed Khamenei as saying.
It was not clear how Erdogan
responded to Khamenei, but
hours later he told Iran's state
TV that Assad's regime can't be
"If Assad doesn't fear (an elec-
tion), he should give a ballot box
to the people and let parties take
shape. (Assad's) Baath should
not form a party and must be
regarded as a thing of the past,"
Erdogan said. "We can't put the
previous years in front of us."
The U.N. says the year-long
conflict in Syria has left more
than 9,000 people dead.
Turkey is set to host about 60
countries, including the United
States, for a "Friends of the Syr-
ian People" conference in Istan-
bul on Sunday. The participants
will discuss ways to further iso-
late and pressure Assad, as well
as measures to support the Syr-
Honduran inmates riot, 14
dead after ensuing prison fire
Perry among three
governors and two
SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb.
(AP) - Governors of three states
donned coats, hair nets and gog-
gles to tour a main production
plant for "pink slime" Thursday,
hoping to persuade grossed-out
consumers and grocery stores to
accept the processed beef trim-
mings are as safe as the industry
Three governors and two lieu-
tenant governors spent about a
half-hour touring Beef Products
Inc.'s plant to show their support
for the company and the thou-
sands of jobs it creates in Nebras-
ka, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota
"It's beef, but it's leaner beef,
which is better for you," Iowa
Gov. Terry Branstad said after
watching a presentation of how
the textured beef product is
made and taking a walking tour
of the plant.
Beef Products, the main pro-
ducer of the cheap lean beef
made from fatty bits of meat
left over from other cuts, has
drawn extra scrutiny because of
concerns about the ammonium
hydroxide it treats meat with
to slightly change the acidity of
the beef and kill bacteria. The
company suspended operations
at plants in Texas, Kansas and
Iowa this week, affecting 650
jobs, but it defends its product
While the official name is lean
finely textured beef, critics dub
it "pink slime" and say it's an
unappetizing example of indus-
trialized food production. That
term was coined by a federal
microbiologist who was grossed
out by it, but the product meets
federal food safety standards
and has been used for years.
The politicians who toured
the plant - Branstad, Texas.
NATI H ARNIK/AP
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownbackleft, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, center, and lowaGov.
Terry Branstad, right, examine a package of pink sime or finely textured beef.
occured in another
prison six weeks ago
(AP) - At least14 people died dur-
ing an uprising by armed inmates
at a Honduran prison Thursday,
one of them decapitated and the
others killed by a fire started by
the rioters, authorities said.
The unrest came six weeks
after a fire at another prison in
Honduras killed 361 inmates. A
fire official said the toll from the
latest blaze could rise.
Yair Mesa, police commissioner
of the rough northern city of San
Pedro Sula, said Thursday's riot
had been brought under control.
"The uprising has been put
down without the need to fire
shots," Mesa said by telephone
from inside the prison.
He said most of the victims
apparently died of burns or
asphyxiation, but said the cause
of death could not immediately
be determined because the bodies
were so badly burned. One pris-
oner's head was cut off and tossed
outside the prison during the riot.
Inmates carried the burned
bodies from the site of the blaze
and set them out in the prison
National fire chief Alfonso
Medina warned that the death
toll could increase, saying one.
part of the prison was still under
control of inmates who might
have grenades and not been
searched by security officers. He
said there could be as many as six
more victims, although he didn't
give details on how that number
City fire chief Jose Danilo
Flores said the prisoners them-
selves appeared to have fought
the fire inside the facility. He said
the armed inmates initially kept
firefighters from entering. .
San Pedro Sula is believed to be
one of the most dangerous cities
in a country that'has the highest
homicide rate in the world. A fire
at the San Pedro Sula prison in
2004 killed 107 inmates.
Thursday's uprising came a
month and a half after Honduras'
overcrowded prisons were hit
by the worst prison fire in a cen-
tury - a Feb. 14 conflagration at
the Comayagua farm prison that
killed 361 inmates.
In 2008, the latest year for
which figures are available, Hon-
duras' prison system had nearly
38 percent more prisoners than
it was built to house, according to
the London-based International
Centre for Prison Studies.
Gov. Rick Perry, Kansas Gov.
Sam Brownback, Nebraska Lt.
Gov. Rick Sheehy and South
Dakota Lt. Gov. Matt Michels -
all agree with the industry view
that pink slime has been unfairly
maligned and mislabeled and
issued a joint statement earlier
saying the product is safe.
The officials spent about 20
minutes going over the produc-
tion process in a separate room
at the plant with Craig Letch,
the company's director of qual-
ity assurance, viewing and han-
dling more than a dozen slabs of
raw meat and the processed, fin-
ished product laid out on a round
None of the officials tasted
the product during the tour, but.
Branstad and Perry were among
those munching on burgers
made from t at a news conference
"It's lean. It's good. It's nutri-
tious," Branstad said as he pol-
ished off a patty, sans bun.
The politicians defended
the plant and the product, and
accused the media of creating
a controversy over a product
because of the name critics gave
"If you called itfinely textured
lean beef, would we be here?"
The officials donned hard
hats, hair nets and goggles for a
brief walking tour of the facility.
Workers manned conveyor belts
of meat cuts that ran from one
side of the room to the other in
the chilled room; the ammonium
hydroxide treatment process was