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February 21, 2013
Outside View: The Pyongyang Persian Pickle
Washington (UPI) Feb 20, 2013
In English slang, "pickle" means a bad situation or a state of disorder. The provenance is Shakespeare's "The Tempest." And pickle well applies to the nuclear ambitions of North Korea, Iran and U.S. policy. Last week, Pyongyang announced it had exploded a nuclear device measuring about 10 kilotons, smaller than the bombs that fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. How close North Korea is to "weaponizing" a bomb is unknowable as is whether this test remains a highly dangerous scien ... read more
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Brazil to open talks on buying Russian missiles
Brazil agreed Wednesday to open talks with Russia on buying surface-to-air missile batteries. ... more

Photos show new activity at N.Korea nuclear site
North Korea has resumed activity at a nuclear site following its internationally condemned bomb test, a US think tank said Wednesday, amid fears that the regime will carry out more explosions. ... more

Lebanon may be new front in Syria's war
Lebanon seems to be moving closer to becoming a major new front in Syria's 2-year-old civil war after a series of deadly clashes in Syrian between rebel forces and Hezbollah, which backs the embattled Damascus regime. ... more
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Israel's Prisoner X isn't the first
The Australian intelligence operative dubbed Prisoner X who reportedly committed suicide in a high-security Israeli prison wasn't the first person to disappear in the Jewish state's clandestine prisons. ... more


Taiwan plans troop withdrawal from islets near China
Taiwan plans to withdraw troops from two islets near the Chinese mainland and will turn the former battleground into a tourist attraction as relations improve, officials said Wednesday. ... more
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North Korea: A nuclear 7-Eleven?
Experts differ about the scale and immediacy of the military threat posed by North Korea's latest nuclear test, but there is little disagreement about the alarming proliferation risks it presents. ... more

Caribbean security firms see niche market
Caribbean security industry operators are seeing business growth in response to both prosperity of an emerging wealthy class and a rise in crime risks to rich individuals and business organizations. ... more
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Pakistan military to target Quetta militia
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World powers to make 'significant' new Iran offer: diplomat
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The explosion of an underground nuclear device by North Korea this week disturbed the Earth's ionosphere. The blast generated infrasonic waves that propagated all the way to the upper atmosphere cau ... more

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