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"Thorough preparations" are under way to restart North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear reactor, the Foreign Ministry announced over the weekend. The plant, which produces weapons-grade plutonium, was being dismantled under the disarmament-for-aid agreement with five negotiating partners. But the North complains that the US hasn't removed it from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, thus failing on its end of the deal.

Israelis were expected to wake up to a changed political order after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced he'd resign Sunday night. Olmert would remain in his post as caretaker until his likely successor, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, can form a new government. Reports said Livni already was meeting with prospective coalition partners.

Saying it was heeding the appeals of tribal elders and political leaders in Nigeria's oil-producing region, the leading militant group there announced an immediate new cease-fire. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta broke its previous truce Sept. 14 and declared an "oil war" in retaliation for an attack on one of its bases by Army troops. Over the past week, it claimed successful raids on pipelines, pumping stations, and soldiers guarding them. It said the new truce would last as long as it wasn't attacked again.

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