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Images show preparation for missile launch in North Korea

NORTH KOREA

Images show PREPARATION FOR MISSILE launch

New satellite images of a North Korean rocket launch site show a mobile radar trailer and rows of what appear to be empty fuel and oxidizer tanks, evidence of ramped-up preparation for what Washington calls a cover for a long-range missile test. An analysis of images provided to the Associated Press by the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies shows Pyongyang "has undertaken more extensive preparations for its planned April rocket launch than previously understood," according to the institute. The images were taken Wednesday. North Korea says it will fire a satellite into orbit to study the country's crops and natural resources. Washington says North Korea uses such launches to test missile systems for nuclear weapons.

IRAQ

Vice president travels to Qatar

Iraq's fugitive Sunni vice president, Tariq al-Hashimi, left the country on Sunday for a diplomatic trip to the Persian Gulf state of Qatar, his office announced, a development that threatened to stir new tensions just days after officials in Baghdad hosted a meeting to repair ties with other Arab nations. Iraq's Shiite leaders have grown frustrated over the past three months as al-Hashimi has flouted their attempts to prosecute him on terrorism charges.

Mali

Coup leader brings back constitution

The junior officer who overthrew Mali's democratically elected leader last month and dissolved the nation's constitution made a public U-turn on Sunday, declaring amid international pressure that he was reinstating the 1992 constitution and planning to hold elections. Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo added that he would organize a national convention to agree on a transitional government that will organize free and fair elections.

URBANA, Ohio

Woman is killed and dismembered

Five people have been arrested in connection with the death of an Ohio woman who police said was stabbed, suffocated and dismembered in a bathtub before some of her remains were taken to Kentucky. Jessica Rae Sacco, 21, was found dead Friday in her apartment in Urbana, 40 miles northwest of Columbus. Police arrested five people Saturday, including a 25-year-old man who lived at her address. He's charged with murder, assault, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

Israel

Christians mark Palm Sunday

Hundreds of Christian pilgrims marked Palm Sunday in the Holy Land with Masses and processions retracing Jesus' triumphant return to Jerusalem. Palm Sunday marks the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem, where he was greeted by cheering crowds bearing palm fronds, according to the Bible. The day marks the start of Holy Week, which ends Sunday with Easter.

Times wires

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