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Wednesday's coverage: a united front for the US and South Korea, continuing protests in Iran, and new oversight for the US financial industry

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In international news:

US and South Korean united front. Don Kirk on the first-ever meeting Tuesday between President Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung Bak. They put up a united front against an increasingly belligerent North Korea, in contrast to their predecessors.

Protectionist move. Peter Ford on a new Chinese government edict requiring that economic stimulus money be spent only on Chinese goods, taking the world a step further towards a dangerous international trade war.

New Al Qaeda turf. A roundup of coverage of the terror network's incursions in Bangladesh.

• Congo's "disintegrating" army. Congo’s Army fires on a UN base in eastern Congo. Matt Clark updates with the latest in a string of mini-mutinies over not getting paid.

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