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A rare meeting between senior North Korean military chiefs and the UN command in rival South Korea Monday failed to defuse rising tensions on the peninsula. The meeting at the Panmunjom border village was the first in seven years. It lasted just 30 minutes and ended after the North Koreans demanded that the US call off the annual joint exercise with South Korean forces. North Korea routinely condemns the drills as preparation for an invasion of its soil, but this year's comes as the communist state appears ready for the test launch of what may be its longest-range ballistic missile.

With tens of thousands of mourners looking on, Bangladesh Army officers killed in the mutiny by border guards were given a full state funeral Monday. Seventy-seven officers are known to have died in last week's mutiny, but 71 others remain unaccounted for and also are presumed dead. More than 1,000 border guards have been charged with murder. The Home Ministry said Army units were conducting a manhunt for "fugitive rebels" involved in the mutiny and the mission will continue for "as long as necessary."

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