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- Divided court strikes down big porn award
- Jimmy Carter: Don’t hurt Russian people with sanctions
- Oldest ex-MLB player dies in Cuba, 2 days shy of 103rd birthday
- ‘Top Gun’ for drones: Squadrons of carrier-based killers have Navy’s approval
- Bill Clinton to endorse Charlie Rangel for re-election
- Pfc. Bradley Manning is now Pfc. Chelsea Manning: Court says so
- Secret base U.S. special forces used to train Libyans now under terrorist control: report
- 9th suspect in N.C. kidnapping turns self in to FBI
- L.A. sheriff admits to testing flyover spy program without notifying residents
Two Koreas to meet on family reunions
SEOUL | North and South Korean officials will meet Friday for a second round of talks to try to resume reunions for families separated for decades by war, South Korea’s Red Cross said Thursday.
Officials from the two Koreas met last week but failed to agree on arrangements for the program, including a venue for the reunions, which were last held a year ago.
A revival of the program could ease tensions and offer hope to tens of thousands of Koreans who have not seen family members since the war sealed the peninsula’s division with minefields and barbed wire.
Muslim rebels drop independence demand
MANILA | The chief government negotiator in peace talks with Muslim rebels welcomed on Thursday a rebel leader’s statement that his group is no longer demanding independence from the Philippines and instead is seeking a status similar to a U.S. state.
The rebel announcement on Wednesday “will definitely pave the way to finding an understanding for a politically feasible arrangement that maintains the territorial integrity and the fundamental premise of people’s sovereignty in one republic,” law school dean Marvic Leonen said in a statement.
The rebels have been fighting for Muslim self-rule for about four decades.
Mohagher Iqbal, chief negotiator for the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front, told local reporters on Wednesday that his group wants a “substate” that he likened to a U.S. state. He said it would not be independent and would be under a “unitary government.”
Former police officer admits al Qaeda ties
JAKARTA | A former Indonesian police officer said Thursday he helped al Qaeda train and arm 170 members of a new terror network in Aceh province soon after he left the police force.
Mohammed Sofyan Tsauri - who is accused of involvement in several plots targeting foreigners and Western embassies in the predominantly Muslim country - went on trial Thursday. He faces a maximum penalty of death if found guilty of violating anti-terror laws.
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