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Serbia's coalition government was on the verge of collapse Tuesday over the European Union's plans to send an 1,800-strong policing/administration mission to the breakaway province of Kosovo just days after pro-Western President Boris Tadic's reelection. Serbia's prime minister denounced the plans as a trick to trap the former Yugoslav republic into accepting Kosovo's independence.

Dozens of families separated for decades by the border dividing North and South Korea exchanged video messages with their kin Tuesday under a new program. The two Koreas plan to continue the exchange every three months.

Japan's health minister said Tuesday that Chinese-made dumplings blamed for a string of poisonings in December and January appeared to be deliberately contaminated. The frozen dumplings, produced by a processing company, contained higher concentrations of pesticide than are normally sprayed on vegetables.

In a symbolic break with the past, a new Iraqi flag – void of Saddam Hussein's handwriting and the three green stars of his ousted Baath Party – was hoisted Tuesday over the Iraqi Cabinet building in Baghdad.


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