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THE KOREAS: Talks on factories continue

Delegates from the North and the South agreed on a desire to restart a stalled jointly run factory park after overnight talks that ended early Sunday, but they couldn't immediately reach an accord to reopen the complex that had been a symbol of inter-Korean rapprochement. The Kaesong industrial complex, just north of the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas, was the centerpiece of cross-border cooperation projects hatched during a previous era of warming ties. But it was closed in April as tensions rose when North Korea angrily reacted to South Korea's annual military exercises with the United States. The two sides met again Saturday and Sunday at the border village of Panmunjom inside the DMZ.


RUSSIA: Derailment near Sochi,/H4>

A passenger train was derailed Sunday while traveling from Siberia to Sochi, the future Olympic city on the Black Sea, and more than 70 people were injured, emergency officials said. Oleg Fedyura of the Emergencies Ministry said the engine and five passenger cars left the rails as the train approached the Krylovskaya station, 65 miles south of the southern city of Rostov-on-Don. He said the rails were affected by the heat and the driver prevented further casualties by applying the emergency brakes.


SOUTH AFRICA: Leader's month in hospital

Nelson Mandela has spent a month in the hospital. The anti-apartheid hero was admitted June 8 for a recurring lung infection. A month later the former president has seen an outpouring of love and support from around the world. The newspaper City Press reported Sunday that since his admittance to a Pretoria hospital, his wife Graca Machel has not left his side for more than three hours. After spending 27 years in prison during white rule, Mandela led the tense shift from apartheid to democracy two decades ago in a spirit of reconciliation. On Saturday, a Mandela grandson was removed from his post of tribal chief following a family feud over the burial site of three of Mandela's children.

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