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Exhausted Suu Kyi falls ill in Switzerland

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an exhausted suu kyi falls ill on europe trip

Embarked on her first trip to Europe in 24 years, a whirlwind of standing ovations, speeches and receptions became too much for Aung San Suu Kyi and she fell ill Thursday. The 66-year-old Nobel laureate became sick during a news conference shortly after saying how exhausted she was after her long trip from Asia to Europe. It was unclear how it would affect her tightly packed schedule, including accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Saturday.

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Clinton warning to N. Korea: Reform

North Korea's new young leader must transform his impoverished country for the better or face a backlash from its oppressed people, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Thursday. She issued a direct appeal to Kim Jong Un: "Rather than invest in implements of war, feed your people." She spoke to reporters after top diplomats and defense chiefs from the United States and South Korea resolved to respond decisively to military provocations from North Korea.

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Kids' hiking abuse draws prison term

An Indiana man convicted of child abuse for forcing his three young grandsons on two grueling hikes in the Grand Canyon in August heat was sentenced Thursday to 27 months in prison. Christopher Alan Carlson was convicted in March on three counts of criminally negligent child abuse and will get credit for nearly 10 months already served. Carlson, 45, told investigators the boys were overweight and he thought the hikes would get them in shape.

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Jeep gas tank fire probe expanded

Government safety regulators have expanded an investigation into gas tank fires in older-model Jeep Grand Cherokees to include Cherokee and Liberty models. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday a rear-impact crash can damage the SUVs' gas tanks, causing fires. It says 15 people have died in 26 Grand Cherokee fires. The probe affects 1993 to 2004 Grand Cherokees, 1993-2001 Cherokees and 2002-2007 Liberty SUVs.

Elsewhere

London: Julian Assange, founder of the WikiLeaks website that published classified U.S. documents, can be extradited to Sweden for questioning on allegations of rape and sexual assault, Britain's Supreme Court confirmed Thursday.

New Orleans: A federal jury rejected claims Thursday that Kevin Costner and his business partner duped fellow actor Stephen Baldwin and a friend out of millions of dollars in a BP contract for using oil cleanup devices after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill.

Phoenix: Jesse Kelly, the tea party Republican who lost a bid to finish former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' term in Congress, dropped out of the fall race Thursday.

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