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China, North Korea's Closest Ally, Joins In Condemnation Of Nuclear Test

The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's third nuclear test on Tuesday, and started discussions on further measures against Pyongyang. China joined in the condemnation, calling in the North Korean ambassador in Beijing to criticize his government's action. But whether China — North Korea's indispensable ally — will agree to tougher sanctions is an open question.
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Did North Korea Test A 'Miniature' Nuclear Bomb?

North Korea's latest nuclear weapons test is much more powerful than the previous two, according to estimates made by instruments that measure seismic waves from the blast. But it's hard to verify North Korea's claim that the test was of a miniaturized nuclear weapon.
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Syrian Rebels Take Air Base, Dam In Northern Syria

The rebels say they captured war planes and bombs in taking the air base. The rebels have been targeting the bases in an attempt to prevent the Syrian army from resupplying troops in the north.
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Sports Fixing: When Gambling And The Game Collide

European officials say players and referees have fixed the outcome of hundreds of soccer games in recent years. The scandal has exposed the organized crime rings that cash in on cheating and has heightened scrutiny of the ethical questions that arise at the intersection of gambling and sports.
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Looming Cuts Could Mean Big Changes For U.S. Military

Without a deal by March 1, across-the-board federal spending cuts will kick in — including deep cuts to the nation's defense budget. Michele Flournoy, former undersecretary of defense for policy, and NPR's Tom Bowman discuss what sequestration might mean for the U.S. military.

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