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Korean envoy blasts Malaysians, calls for joint probe

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North Korea's top envoy in Kuala Lumpur on Monday denounced Malaysia's investigation into the apparent killing of the exiled half brother of North Korea's ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe into the death.
The comments from Ambassador Kang Chol came amid rising tensions between North Korea and Malaysia over the death, with Malaysia recalling its ambassador to Pyongyang over what it called "baseless" allegations.
Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of...

Recent developments surrounding the S China Sea

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Alook at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look at the...

Bomb explodes by Colombia bull ring, injuring 26

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Bogota, Feb 20 (AP) -A homemade bomb exploded near Bogota's bullring on Sunday, injuring two dozen po-lice officers and two civilians, Colombian authorities said.
The explosive device, which shattered windows in nearby apartment buildings, appeared to have been left in a sewer outside a new youth...

oters in Ecuador set to choose between change, continuity

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Quito, Feb 19 (AP) - Ecuadoreans will choose Sunday between a candidate who vows to continue President Rafael Correa's populist platform or one of several more conservative contenders who pledge to attack corrup-tion and cut taxes to stimulate the Andean nation's flagging economy.
Polls suggest...

Finding poison in N. Korean airport attack is hardest part

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A paranoid dictator's estranged brother. Two young female assassins. A crowded international airport. And a mysterious poison that kills within hours.
It's the perfect recipe for a thrilling cloak-and-dagger spy novel. Except some - or possibly even all - of this tale could be true in the...

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