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U.S. Agrees with South Korea Missile Range Extension

South Korea

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The United States has reached an agreement with South Korea to extend the reach of its ballistic missiles by more than twice the current limit. 

The deal was in response to the threat from North Korea according to a statement from a South Korean official on Sunday. 

According to officials Seoul has for years sought to extend its missile range to deter the North, which it said had developed missiles that could reach every corner of their country.   Currently, all of South Korea as well as U.S. military installations in Japan and Guam, are within the range of North Korea. 

Under the new deal, South Korea can develop missiles up to a range of 497 miles from the current limit of 186 miles, said Chun Young-woo, secretary to President Lee Myung-bak for foreign security affairs.  

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West Houston Immigrant:stole military technology for Russia

NEW YORK (AP) — An American success story of an immigrant from Kazakhstan who made millions off his Texas export firm took a Cold War-era turn on Wednesday when U.S. authorities accused him of being a secret agent who's been stealing military technology for the Russian military.

Alexander Fishenko was among 11 defendants named in a federal indictment filed in Brooklyn charging them with conspiring to purposely evade strict export controls for cutting-edge microelectronics. It also charges Fishenko with money laundering and operating inside the United States as an unregistered agent of the Russian government.

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14 Dead In Afghanistan Overnight: NATO Troups Among Them


Three soldiers from the Nato-led coalition and their interpreter were among the dead, Afghan officials said, as were the local commander of a police reserve unit and three other police.

Six civilians were killed in the blast in Khost province, eastern Afghanistan, and the death toll was expected to climb as many of the wounded were in a critical condition.

A spokesman for the Taliban movement said one of its bombers, called Shoaib, had carried out the blast.

The explosion came a day after the US death toll from the 11-year-long Afghan campaign passed 2,000, according to a tally kept by the AP news agency.

Casualties among Afghan soldiers, policemen and civilians are far higher.


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China Outraged After Japanese PM Noda's Remark

BEIJING, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- China was outraged by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's remarks to reporters at the UN General Assembly, and has urged Japan to cease immediately all actions that infringe China's territorial integrity and sovereignty.

"China is strongly disappointed and sternly opposes the Japanese leader's obstinacy regarding his wrong position on the Diaoyu Islands issue," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a written statement on Thursday.

Qin's remarks came following Noda's insistence when responding to reporter's questions at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday that the Diaoyu Islands "are an integral part" of Japan's territory in light of history and of international law.

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Mother-to-daughter womb transplant 'success' in Sweden

Two Swedish women could be able to give birth using the wombs in which they were carried, doctors say, hailing the world's first mother-to-daughter uterus transplants.
The weekend procedures were completed by more than 10 surgeons at Sweden's University of Gothenburg.
The names of the patients have not been revealed.
Doctors caution they will not consider the operations successful unless the women achieve pregnancy.
"We are not going to call it a complete success until this results in children," said Michael Olausson, one of the Swedish surgeons told The Associated Press.
"That's the best proof."
Both women started in-vitro fertilisation before the surgery, he said, adding that their frozen embryos will be thawed and transferred if the women are considered in good enough health after a year-long observation period.
Up and walking

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U.S. Ambassador to Libya Is Dead

Christopher Stevens


The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other American diplomats were killed when suspected Libyan religious extremists stormed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi late Tuesday, sparking a security crisis across the North African country and raising tensions across the Middle East.

Libyan officials spent the night in a manhunt trying to find those responsible for the killings, which occurred when an angry armed mob attacked the diplomatic complex in an apparent protest against an anti-Islamic video created and produced by an American-Israeli real-estate developer.

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Protesters Storm The U.S. Embassy


Cairo (CNN) -- Angry protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and tore down the American flag, apparently in protest of a film thought to insult the Prophet Mohammed.

A volley of warning shots were fired as a large crowd gathered around the compound, said CNN producer Mohammed Fahmy, who was on the scene, though it is not clear who fired the shots.

Egyptian police and army personnel have since formed defensive lines around the facility in an effort to prevent the demonstrators from advancing farther, but not before the protesters affixed their standard atop the embassy.

The black flag, which hangs atop a ladder inside the compound, is adorned with white characters that read, "There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger," an emblem often used in al Qaeda propaganda.

Protesters storm U.S. embassy walls

It was unclear which film upset the protesters.

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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced today that a strong interest in the company’s super luxury cars has resulted in the marque opening increased retail space in Tokyo and a new presence in Osaka, in addition to an upgraded showroom in Yokohama.

The CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, visited both Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Tokyo and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Yokohama earlier this week, and also oversaw the opening of a new, expanded showroom at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Tokyo operated by Cornes Motors Ltd at Shiba, Minato-ku Tokyo.

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China Suggest Peaceful Relations for U.S. In South China Sea


China urged the United States on Tuesday to make greater efforts to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's two day-visit to Beijing.

"We have taken note of the U.S. side's refusal to take a position on the South China Sea issue," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a regular news briefing.

"We hope the U.S. side will keep its commitment and make efforts that help, rather than harm, regional peace and stability," Hong said.

Clinton said Monday in Jakarta that it is now time to create a code of conduct for the South China Sea.

"It is time for diplomacy," she said. "We have the East Asia Summit coming up. This should be the goal that diplomacy pursues: to try to attain agreement on a robust code of conduct, to begin to try to literally calm the waters and enable people to work together toward better outcomes."


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