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Ticking Time Bomb. A soldier stands guard at the launch site of a North Korean rocket.

Liar, Liar, Portrait on Fire


Forces loyal to President Bashar Assad continued to pound the country's cities with artillery fire, despite Assad's earlier assurances that hostilities in his conflict-ravaged nation would cease in accordance with the terms of a peace plan brokered by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Annan appeared to admit defeat April 10 when he conceded in a brief to the Security Council that the gestures toward peace expected from Assad's regime had "yet to be issued." On the same day, rights groups reported that over 100 people had been killed in the opposition stronghold of...

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