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WASHINGTON - The Pentagon on Monday appeared to play down North Korea's six short-range missile launches over the past
three days, describing tensions on the Korean peninsula as relatively low.
DOHA - Qatar's emir, who has thrown his state's riches behind Arab uprisings, said on Monday that the emergence of 'people
power' had put Arabs in direct confrontation with Israel and made a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict more pressing.
BUCHAREST - George Becali, a Romanian MP and owner of the soccer club Steaua Bucharest, was jailed for three years on Monday
for abuse of power, one of only a handful of big names to be convicted in a country trying to show it can beat high-level
corruption.
MAIDUGURI - Nigeria claimed an early success for its military offensive against Islamist insurgents in the northeast on Monday,
saying the militants' activities had been stifled by nearly a week of attacks on their bases.
MEXICO CITY - Divisions within Mexico's main conservative opposition party have erupted into a bitter public dispute that
threatens to undermine the reform agenda of President Enrique Pena Nieto.
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