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N. Korea Closes Its Reactor

North Korea is ready to start disabling its nuclear programs following the shutdown of its sole operating reactor, a North Korean diplomat said Sunday, as long as Washington lifts all sanctions against the communist nation.

France Throws All-Europe Bastille Bash

Troops from all 27 European Union nations marched behind French President Nicolas Sarkozy down the Champs-Elysees on Saturday, part of a revamped Bastille Day party celebrating the revolution that rid France of its monarchy.

Pakistani Militants End Truce

Suicide bombers struck Sunday in two areas of northwestern Pakistan, killing up to 38 people, while Taliban militants broke a 10-month peace pact with the government along the frontier with Afghanistan.

Albania Forsakes Chemical Weapons

Albania has become the first country to destroy its entire arsenal of chemical weapons, a UN watchdog organization said Friday.

Lawyer Flees Russia Over 'Political' Case

Lawyer Boris Kuznetsov has fled the country in the face of possible charges of disclosing state secrets, a case he and his colleagues say may be politically motivated.

Litvinenko Waiter Tells Poisonous Story

The poison that killed former security services agent Alexander Litvinenko was sprayed into his tea, a waiter who served the man's table at a hotel bar said in an interview published in a British newspaper on Sunday.

Plane Turns Back After Fight

Unwanted amorous advances sparked a brawl on a flight to Turkey that prompted the crew to order the plane back to St. Petersburg's Pulkovo airport, Interfax reported Friday.

A Political IQ Test

Intelligence is limited by reality, but stupidity knows no bounds. For that reason, it can be quite creative, conjuring up all sorts of things that should never have existed in the first place.

Tourists Find Charm in Rio's Favelas

Most of the sprawling, hillside slums over Rio's posh Ipanema beach district are places where middle-class Brazilians would never go. But a growing number of tourists are shunning pricey hotels and shops to get a taste of the ""real Brazil.""

German to Attempt 'Stone Age' Voyage

A German mariner set sail Wednesday from New York, bound for Spain, in a reed boat designed to replicate ocean voyages that he believes were taking place 12,000 years before Christopher Columbus' famous trip.

Magic Trick Confiscated in Uganda

Ugandan police were holding a Ghanaian preacher over a stage magic device that they fear could dupe people into believing they have experienced miracles.

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