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There will be a fight to the finish against Shiite militias, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki vowed Thursday as the militants put up more stiff resistance in the power struggles in Basra, Kut, Hillah, and Baghdad's Green Zone and Sadr City neighborhood. Tens of thousands of people filled the streets of Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad, however, calling Maliki a "new dictator," and Sadrist members of parliament urged security forces not to be "tools of death."

Weeping and shouting, about 30 Tibetan monks burst into a news briefing for foreign reporters in Lhasa, the capital, accusing China's government of lying about the unrest there earlier this month. They also complained about a lack of religious freedom.The incident lasted 15 minutes before police led the protesters away. China has called foreign reporting on the Tibet violence "a textbook of bad examples."

All 11 South Korean executives at a joint industrial park on the border with the communist north were expelled Thursday, apparently in response to criticism of the latter's human rights record. The move was seen as one of the most aggressive in years by North Korea, and analysts said it suggested that the government in Pyongyang is "trying to train" the south's new president in how it wants to conduct bilateral relations. Production in the industrial park, hailed as a model for eventual reconciliation, reportedly will continue.


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