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North Korea has power to deter U.S. 'nuclear threat:' foreign minister

GENEVA - North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong warned on Tuesday that his country had the power to deter an "ever-increasing nuclear threat" by the United States with a pre-emptive strike if necessary.

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Iran rejects Obama's demand for 10-year nuclear halt work: Fars agency

ANKARA - Iran on Tuesday rejected as "unacceptable" a demand by U.S. President Barack Obama that Tehran freeze its sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

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Exclusive: China investigates second top officer for graft - sources

BEIJING - China is investigating a second former top military officer on suspicion of corruption, two independent sources told Reuters, as President Xi Jinping widens his campaign against deep-rooted graft in the country.

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Three Ukrainian soldiers killed in past 24 hours: Ukraine military source

KIEV - Three Ukrainian servicemen were killed and nine were wounded in the last 24 hours in the country's east where government troops are fighting with pro-Russian rebels, a Ukrainian military source told Reuters on Tuesday.

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Mourners pay respects to murdered Kremlin critic Nemtsov

MOSCOW - Several hundred Russians, many carrying red carnations, queued on Tuesday to pay their respects to Boris Nemtsov, the Kremlin critic whose murder last week showed the hazards of speaking out against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

World, Russia 5:37am EST

Georgia halts execution of state's only female death row inmate

ATLANTA - Georgia halted the planned Monday execution of the only woman on death row in the state due to problems with the drugs to be used in the lethal injection, officials said.

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Families of victims of California mass shooter sue county, apartment

- The families of three victims slain during a southern California rampage last year that left dead six college students and the killer are suing the county, the sheriff's department and the apartment building where the victims were killed.