- Making News: North Korea Pledges to Drop Nuke Programs
North Korea has agreed to give up its nuclear weapons program in what US negotiator Chris Hill calls a "win-win situation." At the White House President Bush said the key is "verification." Seoul-based Don Kirk, who's covered political, diplomatic, and economic issues on the Korean peninsula since 1972, says America's concession to respect North Korea's right to nuclear power marks a significant step in negotiations.
- Reporter's Notebook: Power Struggle Begins in Germany
Despite predictions, German voters yesterday produced the "most inconclusive" results since the end of World War II. Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union got 35% of the popular vote, just 1% more than Chancellor Gerhard Schr-der's Social Democrats. That margin is too narrow for Schr-der to concede defeat or for Merkel to govern. Michael Naumann of Die Zeit says Germany may end up with a political stalemate similar to that of Italy.
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