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North Korea's Neighbors Praise UN Sanctions on Pyongyang


KOREA NUCLEAR TEST: North Korea's neighbors are praising a U.N. Security Council resolution that imposes sanctions on Pyongyang for its claimed nuclear test last week. South Korea welcomed the strongly worded measure today (Sunday) and said it would "faithfully implement" the resolution. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also praised the action and said Tokyo is considering imposing even more sanctions on its own. Although China voted for the measure, Beijing's U.N. ambassador (Wang Guangya) says China opposes the cargo inspections stipulated in the resolution. He warned countries against taking what he called "provocative steps."

IRAQ: Iraqi officials say at least four people have been killed in a roadside bomb attack targeting the convoy of a government official in Baghdad. The Interior Ministry says the official was driving through an eastern Baghdad neighborhood today (Sunday) when the bomb exploded. The official, who works in the financial department of the Interior Ministry, was unharmed. Officials say the victims were civilian bystanders.

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan police say attacks around the country killed at least six people today (Sunday), including a member of a provincial assembly. Police in the eastern province of Khost say rebels attacked a police checkpoint overnight, killing three policemen. Later, a roadside bomb exploded near a security convoy in the western city of Herat, killing two civilians. And in southern Kandahar city, a man riding a motorcycle gunned down a provincial delegate (Mohammad Yunus) as he traveled to work.

Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan military officials say their navy sank a suspected Tamil Tiger trawler today (Sunday), killing at least four people. Authorities said navy patrol boats off Mannar in northwestern Sri Lanka ordered the trawler to stop before it fired on the government boats. The navy responded with heavy fire, sinking the trawler. Officials say three navy sailors were wounded.

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