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Accusing South Korea of "confrontational" tactics, rival North Korea's government said Mon-day it will halt cross-border rail service and impose other restrictions beginning Dec. 1. Among them: an end to tours of the historic city of Kaesong and the expulsion of some South Koreans who work in a jointly run industrial zone there. South Korean officials called the move "grave." The announcement came amid preparations for the next round of six-way talks on North Korea's nuclear program, due to begin Dec. 8.

Another try at salvaging the power-sharing deal in Zimbabwe will be made Tuesday, with ex-South African President Thabo Mbeki again serving as mediator. Mbeki's successor, Kgalema Motlanthe, warned that the urgency has never been greater and that Zimbabwe "may implode" if a legitimate government isn't seated soon. Hundreds of Zimbabweans have died in a cholera outbreak, which is blamed on a breakdown of the public health system and reportedly has spread across the border into South Africa.


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