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4:40 AM ET, October 9, 2006

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CNN:
North Korea claims nuclear test … SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) — North Korea on Monday claimed it has performed a successful nuclear test, according to that country's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).  —  South Korean government officials also said North Korea performed its first nuclear test …
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
N. Korea Reports 1st Nuclear Arms Test  —  North Korea said Sunday night that it had set off its first nuclear test, becoming the eighth country in history, and arguably the most unstable and most dangerous, to proclaim that it has joined the club of nuclear weapons states.
Associated Press:
North Korea claims nuclear weapons test  —  Official news agency says no radioactive leakage  —  SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea said Monday it has performed its first-ever nuclear weapons test.  —  U.S. and South Korean officials could not immediately confirm the report.
Billmon / Whiskey Bar:
Test Pattern  —  Meanwhile, back in the surreal world, Armageddon appears to be coming along nicely: … No doubt Tony Snow will step out tomorrow to tell us it's really not such a big deal — the North Koreans and Kim Jong-il being ever so much nicer and more rational than those genocidal Iranians …
BBC:
North Korea in nuclear test claim  —  North Korea says it has carried out its first ever test of a nuclear weapon, the state news agency has reported.  —  It said the underground test, done in defiance of international warnings, was a success and had not resulted in any leak of radiation.
Washington Post:
N. Korea Claims Nuclear Test  —  Geologists in South Detect Man-Made Blast  —  North Korea declared on Monday that it had conducted its first nuclear test in defiance of international calls for restraint, claiming to be the world's newest nuclear power.  —  South Korean geological officials …
Burt Herman / Associated Press:
North Korea Says Nuclear Test Successful  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Monday it had performed its first nuclear weapons test, an underground explosion that defied international warnings but was hailed by the communist nation as a "great leap forward" for its people.
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Selig S. Harrison / Newsweek:
North Korea: A Nuclear Threat
Associated Press:
N. Korea Reports 1st Nuclear Arms Test
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CTV.ca:
North Korea claims first nuclear weapon test
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Lawmaker Saw Foley Messages In 2000  —  Page Shared Exchanges With GOP Rep. Kolbe  —  A Republican congressman knew of disgraced former representative Mark Foley's inappropriate Internet exchanges as far back as 2000 and personally confronted Foley about his communications.
Huffington Post:
BLITZER TO GOP REP: "YES OR NO: DO YOU HAVE ANY EVIDENCE" THAT DEMS KNEW ABOUT FOLEY EMAILS?...  This morning on CNN's Late Edition, Wolf Blitzer hosted a segment on the Foley page scandal with guests Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) and Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY).
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Fisnik Abrashi / Associated Press:
NATO chief warns of Afghan tipping point  —  KABUL, Afghanistan - NATO's top commander in Afghanistan said Sunday the country was at a tipping point and warned Afghans would likely switch their allegiance to resurgent Taliban militants if there are no visible improvements in people's lives in the next six months.
Associated Press:
AP: Allen didn't disclose stock options  —  RICHMOND, Va. - For the past five years, Sen. George Allen (news, bio, voting record), has failed to tell Congress about stock options he got for his work as a director of a high-tech company.  The Virginia Republican also asked the Army to help another business that gave him similar options.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Baker Sees Iraq Panel Departing From Bush Strategy  —  James A. Baker III , the Republican co-chairman of a bipartisan commission assessing Iraq strategy for President Bush, said today that he expected the group to depart from Mr. Bush's call to "stay the course."
Fareed Zakaria / Newsweek:
Iraq's Dark Day of Reckoning  —  If you were a Shiite, having suffered through a brutal insurgency and an incompetent government, would you give up your weapons?  —  When Iraq's current government was formed last April, after four months of bitter disputes, wrangling and paralysis …
Greg Morsbach / BBC:
Mass Venezuela opposition rally  —  Tens of thousands of people have marched through the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, in support of the main opposition candidate, Manuel Rosales.  —  Mr Rosales will face President Hugo Chavez in December's presidential poll.
Sadeq Saba / BBC:
Iran arrests controversial cleric  —  An Iranian cleric, Mohammed Kazemeini Boroujerdi, has been arrested amid clashes between his supporters and police outside his house in Teheran.  —  Police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of his followers, who had formed a cordon around his residence.
 
 
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