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Koreas continue talks today

The first high-level talks in nearly a year between South Korea and North Korea were adjourned after stretching into the early hours of today, as the rivals looked to defuse mounting tensions that have pushed them to the brink of a possible military confrontation. The delegates agreed to resume the meeting at 3 p.m. today South Korean time, said Seoul presidential spokesman Min Kyung-wook. Marathon talks are not unusual for the Koreas, who have had long negotiating sessions in recent years over much less momentous issues. The meeting came as a series of incidents raised fears that the conflict could spiral out of control, starting with a land mine attack, allegedly by the North, that maimed two South Korean soldiers and the South's resumption of anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts.


Migrants rush over border

Thousands of rain-soaked migrants yesterday rushed past Macedonian riot police who were trying to block them from entering Macedonia from Greece. Police fired stun grenades, and dozens of people were injured in the border clashes. By the end of the day, everyone got across, including several hundred migrants, mostly elderly and children, who had remained on the Greek side of the border. Thousands then boarded trains and buses that took them up north to the border with Serbia from where they will attempt to enter European Union-member Hungary. Both Greece and Macedonia have seen an unprecedented wave of migrants this year, most fleeing wars in Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq. More than 160,000 have arrived so far in Greece, mostly crossing in inflatable dinghies from the nearby Turkish coast -- an influx that has overwhelmed Greek authorities and the country's small Aegean islands.


3 officials quit to protest scandal

Two Guatemalan cabinet ministers and a presidential appointee resigned yesterday to protest a corruption scandal that threatens the Central American country's presidency. The ministers of the economy and education announced their resignations, as did President Otto Perez Molina's commissioner for competitiveness. All three officials have ties to Guatemala's business chambers, which have called on Perez Molina to resign.

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