Saturday, March 30, 2013

World News Briefs -- March 30, 2013

North Korea Says It Is In 'State of War' With South -- The Guardian

Official news agency continues stiff rhetoric with announcement that nation is entering state of war with neighbour

North Korea said on Saturday that it was entering a "state of war" with South Korea in a continuing escalation of tough rhetoric against Seoul and Washington after coming under international sanctions for its nuclear test.

"From this time on, the North-South relations will be entering the state of war and all issues raised between the North and the South will be handled accordingly," a statement carried by the North's official KCNA news agency said.

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Arms shipments stepped up to Syria rebels.

Syrian rebels enter strategic Aleppo neighborhood.

Kuwait PM says two Kuwaitis among 94 accused in UAE plot trial.

Land Day: Riots in Qalandiya; clashes on Gaza border.

Jordan's king swears in new reformist government.

Yemen's victory: Getting everyone in the same room - with no swords drawn.

Egypt launches first direct flight to Iran in more than three decades.


North Korea: 'Time has come to settle accounts' with United States.

Russia urges US and North Korea to show restraint.

Afghanistan's Karzai in Qatar 'to discuss Taliban talks.

Strong American role still exists at Afghan-controlled prison.

Karachi: Principal killed in grenade attack at school.

Nothing found in hunt for 83 miners buried in Tibet landslide.


France to stay course in Mali through 2013.

South Africa's Zuma to join summit on Central African Republic.

Ivory Coast to exhume bodies from post-election conflict.

Bashir to make first visit to South Sudan since split.

Kenya Supreme Court upholds Uhuru Kenyatta election win.

At least 17 dead in Tanzania building collapse.

Nelson Mandela breathing without difficulty - presidency. Nelson Mandela "comfortable", treated for pneumonia.


Bank of Cyprus depositors could lose up to 60% of their savings. Big depositors in Cyprus to lose far more than feared.

Slovenia will not be the next Cyprus: finance minister.

Italy's president says he won't stand down early to help end gridlock.

Russia raids hundreds of NGOs.

Sicily revokes permission for US military satellite station.

Ex-Anglican leader says Britain's PM alienating Christians.

Latvia rescues 220 people stranded on ice floes in Gulf of Riga.


"North Korea is not going to war," senior U.S. official says.

Defense Department says giving Purple Heart to Fort Hood survivors would hurt Hasan trial.

Member of SEAL Team 6 killed, another SEAL injured in parachute accident.

Argentina offers to pay debts with cash & bonds.

Sparks fly in short campaign in Venezuela.

Police uses tear gas in row at Brazil World Cup stadium.


Free Syrian Army commander praises Al Nusrah Front as 'brothers.

Cyprus jails Hezbollah operative for Israel attacks plot.

New York to resume search for remains from September 11 attacks.


Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg faces $1 billion tax bill.

Newest Cyberattacks on US banks are destroying data rather than stealing it.

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