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Today's agenda: North Korea's capacity, Palestinian summit, rights in China

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• Korea-based Donald Kirk and Kristen Chick in Boston have put together a briefing page to answer basic questions on North Korea's nuclear capabilities.

Peter Ford in Beijing reports that twenty of China's most outspoken civil rights lawyers face being effective disbarment next Monday, a move that activists say will gut the country's budding rights protection movements.

• On the eve of Obama's visit with the Palestinian president, Secretary of State Clinton made clear there was no wiggle room in the administration's stance on Israeli settlements: no expansion, period – not even "natural" growth. Josh Mitnick updates this story with links to five recent Monitor articles.

• Carol Huang on the World desk is updating the news out of Aung Sun Suu Kyi's trial in Burma/Myanmar.

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