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Funds holding up nuclear pact begin to flow

Published June 15, 2007


SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Money at the heart of a dispute that caused North Korea to delay its nuclear disarmament finally began making its way to the communist nation Thursday after months of delay. The transfer of funds previously frozen in a Macau bank could lead North Korea to start shutting down its nuclear weapons program. But the North is certain to want to count every last penny of its $25-million before fulfilling a February pledge to stop making atomic bombs. "The transfer is in progress, " South Korea's chief nuclear envoy, Chun Yung Woo, said today. "Let's wait and see how long it takes for North Korea to confirm it."


Woman on track to be India's president

NEW DELHI - India's governing coalition chose a woman as its presidential candidate Thursday, setting the stage for her to become the country's first female president. Pratibha Patil, the governor of the northwestern state of Rajashtan, was nominated for next month's presidential elections by the Congress party and its allies, said Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. The groups have enough votes to get their candidate elected. The post is largely ceremonial, though the president is the supreme commander of the armed forces. The choice of Patil, 72, surprised many political observers because she is not known much outside her home state.


9 killed as gunmen battle troops

QUETTA, PAKISTAN - Gunmen opened fire on government troops in a southwestern Pakistan city considered a Taliban hideout shortly after the visit of a top U.S. official, killing seven soldiers and two police officers. The troops were attacked as they drove toward military quarters in Quetta just before midnight, city police chief Rehmatullah Niazi said. Another five soldiers were wounded. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.


War anniversary marked two ways

LONDON - Britain and Argentina remembered the 25th anniversary of the end of the Falkland Islands conflict in starkly different ways Thursday, with British leaders attending a memorial service and Argentina's president calling Britain's triumph an unacceptable "colonial victory." Queen Elizabeth II and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher joined veterans and widows of the fallen at a chapel west of London - with Harrier jets flying overhead - to mark the date when British forces accepted the surrender of the Argentine army, ending a 74-day occupation.


Ming porcelain found on ship

BEIJING - Archaeologists have discovered a sunken ship laden with Ming Dynasty porcelain, tipped off by police who learned that fishing boats were carrying out illegal salvage operations off the south China coast, state media reported. The ship, the South China Sea II, was probably built during the Ming Dynasty, which lasted from 1368 to 1644, the official Xinhua News Agency said.


Ireland: Bertie Ahern, who has led Ireland for a decade, easily won re-election Thursday. "We live in an Ireland of unprecedented peace and prosperity, " Ahern said. "This has not happened by chance."


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