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7:15 AM ET, October 9, 2006

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Fox News:
U.S. OFFICIAL: NORTH KOREA TESTED NUCLEAR WEAPON  —  SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea successfully completed a test of a nuclear weapon late Sunday night, a senior Bush administration official confirmed to FOX News.  —  The official said, however, that the underground blast only measured …
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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.
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
North Korea says nuclear test successful  —  SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea said Monday it has performed its first-ever nuclear weapons test.  The country's official Korean Central News Agency said the test was performed successfully and there was no radioactive leakage from the site.
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 …
Selig S. Harrison / Newsweek:
North Korea: A Nuclear Threat  —  Is Kim Jong Il ready to provoke a regional crisis?  An exclusive account of what Pyongyang really wants.  —  Newsweek International  —  On Sept. 19, 2005, North Korea signed a widely heralded denuclearization agreement with the United States, China, Russia, Japan and South Korea.
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
John / Op For:
DESTABLIZATION V2.0  —  Another nation joined the nuclear club today.  A particularly nasty one. … My source on the peninsula says that South Korea is -understandably- having a cow, same with Japan.  And think of all the nations that are within the fallout range of a green-glowing, radioactive Korea.
Associated Press:
N. Korea Reports 1st Nuclear Arms Test
Discussion: The Remedy
Telegraph:
North Korea tests nuclear bomb
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
CTV.ca:
North Korea claims first nuclear weapon test
AMERICAblog:   North Korea: member of the Bush administration Axis of Failure tests nuke
Mary Katharine Ham / Townhall.com Blog's TownHall Blog:
Norks Already Tested a Nuke?
Jay / Stop The ACLU:
North Korea Conducted Nuke 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.
James Kilner / Reuters:
Outspoken Putin critic shot dead in Moscow  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead on Saturday at her apartment block in central Moscow, police said.  —  "According to initial information she was killed by two shots when leaving the lift.
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David Holley / Los Angeles Times:
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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.
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 …
 
 
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