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North Korea, trying to jolt Obama, warns South

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Friday it was scrapping all accords with South Korea, a move the South's prime minister said could be timed to coincide with Barack Obama taking over as U.S. president.

Priests' comments on Jews, Muslims embarrass Pope

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Outbursts about Jews and Muslims by Italian leaders of an ultra-traditionalist Roman Catholic group show the challenge facing Pope Benedict as he tries to bring them back into the Church.

Don't reinterpret WW2, Russia tells neighbours

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday Russia should resist attempts by some of its ex-Soviet neighbours to

Don't reinterpret WW2, Russia tells neighbours

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday Russia should resist attempts by some of its ex-Soviet neighbours to

Antarctic sea creatures hypersensitive to warming

ROTHERA BASE, Antarctica (Reuters) - Thriving only in near-freezing waters, creatures such as Antarctic sea spiders, limpets or sea urchins may be among the most vulnerable on the planet to global warming, as the Southern Ocean heats up.

Ageing gracefully

How often have we overlooked the fact that wine lives in the bottle and ages over time. As in the case of food, high ambient temperatures can hasten its development and even cause a wine to spoil.

RM30,000 a month spent on subsidies

The Government is spending RM30,000 a month in subsidies for the distribution of essential goods in Penang and Pahang, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad said.

Joy, doubts in Congo after rebel chief's arrest

KIBATI, Congo (Reuters) - Congo said on Saturday it had received no official response to its request for the extradition of Tutsi rebel Laurent Nkunda, whose arrest was greeted by Congolese with a mixture of relief and scepticism.

China reports fourth bird flu death this month

BEIJING (Reuters) - China reported its fourth human death from the H5N1 bird flu virus this month on Saturday, this time in the far northwest region of Xinjiang.

PA system to help curb crime

The Brickfields police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur has equipped its new police vehicles with a built-in public announcement (PA) system as one of the anti-crime measures.