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2 Koreas talk in border village after tensions

South Korea

2 Koreas talk in border village after tensions

Government delegates from North and South Korea began preparatory talks today at a village on their heavily armed border aimed at setting ground rules for a higher-level discussion on easing animosity and restoring stalled rapprochement projects. The meeting at Panmunjom, where the truce ending the 1950-53 Korean War was signed, is the first of its kind on the Korean peninsula in more than two years. Success will be judged on whether the delegates can pave the way for a summit between the ministers of each country's department for cross-border affairs, which South Korea has proposed for Wednesday in Seoul. Any dialogue is an improvement on the belligerence that has marked the relationship in recent years, which have seen North Korean nuclear tests and long-range rocket launches, as well as threats from Pyongyang and counter-vows from Seoul.

LIBYA

Militia members fire on protesters

At least a dozen people were killed Saturday after members of one of Libya's most powerful militias fired on protesters surrounding the group's headquarters in Benghazi during what appeared to be an outpouring of public anger at the armed bands that have been accused of fueling political violence. By nightfall, the protesters had evicted the militia, Libya Shield, and set parts of the compound on fire.

Newark, N.J.

Mayor declares for U.S. Senate race

Newark Mayor Cory Booker formally declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Saturday, vying to fill the seat of Frank Lautenberg, who died Monday. Reps. Frank Pallone and Rush Holt are also planning to enter the Democratic primary. Candidates have until 4 p.m. Monday to file. The only Republican running so far is Steve Lonegan, a former Bogota mayor. Gov. Chris Christie has appointed state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa to fill the seat until the October special election.

France

Owners march for dog-friendly Paris

Some Parisians want just a little bit more of their city to go to the dogs. At least 100 pooches — with owners in tow, holding leashes — marched near the Louvre at a demonstration on Saturday to demand more park space and access to public transportation for dogs. Organizers of the march dubbed "My Dog, My City" estimate about 200,000 dogs live in Paris. They say other cities like New York, London, Montreal and Brussels offer more dog-oriented public spaces.

Elsewhere

Denver: Authorities say gusty winds sweeping through the Denver area Saturday caused several hot air balloon crashes that injured at least five people. The four unrelated accidents all happened within miles and about an hour of each other.

Japan: French President Francois Hollande sought to reassure Japanese business leaders Saturday that the eurozone debt crisis is over but acknowledged that steps to boost the region's growth and competitiveness need to be taken. In a speech in Tokyo, he said the debt crisis has served to "reinforce" Europe.

Australia: A boat carrying up to 60 asylum seekers has capsized in the Indian Ocean en route to Australia, with 13 people confirmed dead and no survivors found by the fourth day of searching, an official said today. An air and sea search continued 75 nautical miles northwest of Christmas Island, an Australian territory.

Times wires

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