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WAR bluster: North Korea warned South Korea yesterday against joining US-led sanctions against it. It said it would retaliate if Seoul made any such move.
South Korea's participation in sanctions over the North's nuclear tests would be seen, Pyongyang said, as a serious provocation leading to a "crisis of war". - Reuters
iraq FAILURE: Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix yesterday described the US-led invasion of Iraq as a "pure failure" that had left the country worse off than under the rule of Saddam Hussein.
Blix told the Danish newspaper Politiken that the US government had ended up in a situation in which neither staying in nor leaving Iraq were good options. - Sapa-AP
FACE TRANSPLANTS: British surgeons have been given permission by a medical ethics panel to perform the world's first full-face transplants, the Royal Free Hospital in London said yesterday.
Surgeons in France performed the world's first partial face transplant last year on Isabelle Dinoire, who received a new nose, lips and chin after being savaged by a dog. - Reuters
DEFIANT LECTURERS: Thousands of striking university lecturers in Kenya defied a court order to return to work yesterday. They walked out of classes this week over pay.
A Nairobi judge on Monday ordered about 3500 striking lecturers to return to work by 8am yesterday or face disciplinary action.- Sapa-AFP
PUTIN'S PLEDGE: President Vladimir Putin told Russians yesterday he would retain political influence after he stepped down in 2008.
In a live TV phone-in show, Putin stuck by his commitment not to stay on for a third successive term. - Reuters