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Iran's Revolutionary Guard scorned the video and audio of last Sunday's confrontation with US warships in the Strait of Hormuz as "a clumsy fake." But in a more measured response, the Defense Ministry said the incident was "something normal that takes place every now and then, for each party." In his first public reaction, President Bush said, "it was a provocative act ... and they should not have done it."

If the US is to build part of its proposed missile-defense shield in Poland, it will have to commit to "increasing the security level of our country," Prime Minister Donald Tusk said. Tusk, who won election last October, said he'd drive a harder bargain in negotiations over the system than did his conservative predecessor. "With all due respect," he said, "I feel responsibility for the security of Poles ... and not for the US."

Refugees streamed out of western Kenya Wednesday despite the start of mediation efforts over last month's presidential election. African Union chief John Kufuor met with opposition candidate Ralia Odinga, who claims he was cheated out of victory in the vote and refuses to recognize the legitimacy of incumbent Mwai Kibaki. But Odinga scorned Kibaki's announcement of cabinet ministers, and his supporters in the west clashed with police. Above, residents of a slum in the capital, Nairobi, remove a car destroyed in earlier violence.


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