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Assessing North Korea and Saving Face in Iraq

Despite doubts that North Korea really tested a nuclear weapon, even China says it ought to be "punished" just for trying. We hear from the UN, see how North Korea's test compares to those of other nations and ask about failures of diplomacy.  Also, are "stay the course" and "cut and run" the only alternatives in Iraq, and the death of a journalist shines a spotlight on Moscow's war in Chechnya. 

Making News

UN Weighs Sanctions against North Korea ()

In light of Sunday's nuclear test, an unidentified North Korean official announced to the state news agency today, "We hope the situation will be resolved before an unfortunate incident of us firing a nuclear missile." But there's still doubt about the real nature of Sunday's test.  However successful North Korea's nuclear test might have been, the fact that it happened at all is a set-back for efforts at non-proliferation. At the United Nations today, even China says there must be "some punitive action" against North Korea for testing a nuclear weapon. America's Ambassador John Bolton called for a "strong resolution and swift response from the Security Council." Who's to blame? We hear from the UN, see how North Korea's test compares to those of other nations and ask about failures of diplomacy.

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Main Topic

Group Studies the Way Forward on Iraq ()

In the run-up to the November elections, Republicans have two scenarios for the war in Iraq, either "stay the course" or "cut and run." But on ABC this past Sunday, former Secretary of State James Baker said there may be what he called "alternatives" to what's "out there in the political debate."  Baker is not just a long-time functionary of the first President Bush. He's head of the Iraq Study Group, a bi-partisan panel put together by Congress with reluctant approval of the current Bush White House. We hear what alternatives might be proposed by the panel--after the voting is over.

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Reporter's Notebook

Thousands Mourn Death of Russian Journalist ()

Thousands of people turned out in Moscow today for the funeral of Anna Politkovskaya, a sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin and of Russia's war in Chechnya. The Russian journalist was shot to death in her Moscow apartment in what's being called a contract killing.  President Vladimir Putin denounced her murder as "disgustingly cruel," but said her influence was "very minor."  Who was she and why was her work important?

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  • Abi Wright: Communications Director for the Committee to Protect Journalists
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