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Touring the Tension at Korean DMZ

Like excited birdwatchers, American tourists plunk 500 won coins into pay-per-view binoculars, studying a rarely seen species: three real live, fur-hatted North Korean soldiers patrolling the DMZ.

Iran Admits to Uranium Possession

President Mohammad Khatami said Sunday that Iran had mined uranium for use in its nuclear power plants and would reprocess the spent fuel itself, but insisted its nuclear program was solely for civilian use.

Turkey Defense Sparks NATO Crisis

France, Germany and Belgium blocked NATO from starting military planning Monday to defend Turkey from the threat of Iraqi missile attack, deepening divisions in the alliance over the Iraq crisis.

Iraq Agrees to U-2 Overflights

Iraq has agreed unconditionally to overflights by U-2 surveillance planes, a key demand of UN weapons inspectors, Baghdad's UN ambassador said Monday.

Saudi Rulers Taking Steps Toward Reforms

In the past few months, Saudi Arabia has taken unprecedented steps to encourage debate and explore reforms, signs that the royal family senses change is the best way to protect its rule from the turmoil an Iraqi war may cause.

It's Putin's Move Now

Russian officials act curiously smug these days when asked about the prospect of war in Iraq, as if they are in on a grand geopolitical secret they'll share only with their closest friends.

Media Regulation Tag

In its coverage of the mass media, the popular press is still obsessed with the ongoing scandals at NTV.

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