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Britain Seeks Unconditional Release

Britain refused to back down Monday in its call for the unconditional release of its 15 naval crew members despite an Iranian state-run television station flashing repeated claims that they had confessed to trespassing into Iranian waters.

Solomon Islands Hit By Deadly Tsunami

Huge waves churned by a massive earthquake crashed ashore in the Solomon Islands on Monday, wiping away entire villages and triggering a tsunami alert from Australia to Hawaii, officials said.

U.S., South Korea Conclude Landmark Free Trade Deal

The United States and South Korea concluded a landmark free trade agreement Monday, officials said, culminating 10 months of negotiations in a final week of intense haggling that just beat a key U.S. legislative deadline.

Clinton Smashes Fundraising Record

U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination said Sunday that it had raised $26 million during the first quarter of this year, about three times as much as the previous record at this stage of a presidential race.

Serbs Counting on Russian Help at UN

Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica is counting on Russia's help at a United Nations Security Council session Tuesday to block a plan giving independence to Serbia's breakaway province of Kosovo.

Iranian Missiles and Russian Threats

Europe has long been neglecting the new strategic threats arising from missile proliferation. For some years now, the international community has been devoting a great deal of attention to the Iranian nuclear program.

Why Nobody Is Laughing

In Russia, April 1 is referred to as the ""Day of Laughter,"" as opposed to April Fool's Day, as it is known in the West.

Fewer Prospects for Success

Current efforts to modernize the army are a perfect example of how trying to update the individual parts of an outdated military machine instead of implementing fundamental reforms is doomed to failure.

Trying to Figure Out Just What Iran Wants

The smaller question raised by Iran's latest provocation -- what does Tehran want with 15 British sailors? -- leads inevitably to the larger one: What does Iran want?

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