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Voice of America's VOA News reported on June 11 that seven world powers had agreed the day before on a draft UN Security Council resolution to expand sanctions against North Korea in response to the communist nation's recent underground nuclear test and several ballistic missile tests. The draft text was the result of weeks of negotiations among the five permanent Security Council members — the U.K., China, France, Russia, and the United States — as well as non-permanent council members Japan and South Korea.

North Korea has sentenced two American reporters to 12 years of hard labor for allegedly crossing its border with China. The sentencing has deepened the communist country's dispute with the U.S. over nuclear weapons and missile testing.

Zelaya (Hondurus)The 47-year-old suspension of Cuba from the Organization of American States was lifted last week during a meeting of the hemispheric organization in Honduras. But it doesn’t look like Cuba is interested in re-joining.

Kim Jung-Il (North Korea)North Korea's Kim moves to anoint youngest son as heir,” Reuters announced in the title to a June 2 release. The North’s current communist dictator, Kim Jong-il, is apparently considering his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, to be his successor. USA Today reported also on June 2 that the South Korean paper Dong-a Ilbo was saying that North Koreans are singing a song “hailing the dictator's third son as ‘Commander Kim.’ ”

nancy Pelosi in ChinaWhile the Chinese government is busying itself with further cracking down on censorship of the Internet, television, and the printed word, human rights groups report that political dissidents — anyone who criticizes the present regime or reports the truth of what goes on in China (journalists, lawyers, etc.) — are being detained and questioned until after the Tiananmen Square anniversary on Thursday.

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