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Morning Brief: North Korea threatens to resume nuclear activity

Top Story North Korea vowed to boycott six-party talks and restart nuclear projects, in protest of a United Nations Security Council vote censuring it for attempting to launch a rocket last week. It says it will restore its disabled nuclear reactor. Europe Police in Turkey detained 12 people in connection with an alleged nationalist plot ...

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North Korea vowed to boycott six-party talks and restart nuclear projects, in protest of a United Nations Security Council vote censuring it for attempting to launch a rocket last week. It says it will restore its disabled nuclear reactor.

Europe

Police in Turkey detained 12 people in connection with an alleged nationalist plot to overthrow the government in a military coup.

In Tbilisi, Georgia, protests against the government of Mikheil Saakashvili entered their sixth day.

Poland grieved for the more than 20 who died in a fire in a hostel yesterday.

Middle East

The Obama administration said it may drop the condition requiring Iran to shut down its nuclear facilities before any negotiations. On its state television channel, Iran said it welcomed six-party talks on its nuclear program.

Tribesmen in Yemen released unharmed a Dutch couple they had held as political ransom.

Egypt is scouring the Sinai Peninsula for Hezbollah operatives after arresting more than 50. The Lebanese terrorist group says it is not planning attacks in the region, which borders Israel.

Americas

Cubans and Cuban-Americans applauded U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to ease sanctions to the communist country.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will hold G-7 and G-20 meetings later this month in Washington.

Mexico’s government commenced a three-day debate on whether to legalize marijuana, to raise tax revenues and help control drug cartels.

Goldman Sachs, the U.S. investment bank, earned a higher-than-expected profit in the first quarter, extending its earnings year-on-year. 

Asia

The president of Pakistan, Ali Asif Zardari, signed into law a controversial deal allowing sharia Islamic law in the Swat Valley in exchange for more cooperation from the Taliban.

Two U.N. agencies spent millions of dollars of U.S. funds on shoddy projects in Afghanistan and now refuses to answer questions about the affair, a report says.  

Two died as anti-government protests continued to rage in Thailand. The prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, said all the protests had died down except for one surrounding the seat of government.

Africa

The Obama administration was said to be considering an armed attack on land to rout the Somali pirates who held a U.S. boat captain for four days. Pirates hijacked three more ships.

The Islamist rebel group al-Shabab fired mortars at a plane carrying U.S. Congressman Donald Payne as he left Mogadishu, Somalia.

South African prosecutors halted the trial of Jackie Selebi, an associate of former President Thabo Mbeki who is accused of accepting bribes while running the international police organization, Interpol.

Opposition parties in Mauritania say they plan to boycott upcoming elections, because of restrictions imposed by the ruling military junta.

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