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OIL DELAYS SLOW NUCLEAR DISMANTLING

NORTH KOREA

North Korea has slowed the dismantling of its nuclear reactor because it hasn't received the amount of fuel oil it was promised, U.S. State Department envoy Christopher Hill said Wednesday. North Korea, he said, has received about 20 percent of the 1-million tons of heavy fuel oil that it was promised in exchange for disabling the reactor. Hill said North Korea's ports could handle only 50,000 tons of fuel oil at a time.

NAIROBI, Kenya

U.N. begins inquiry of deadly violence

A delegation sent by the U.N.'s top human rights official began a mission Wednesday to look into allegations of grave violations in the weeks of deadly violence since the country's disputed presidential election. More than 1,000 people have died since the Dec. 27 election, many at the hands of thugs armed with machetes or bows with poisoned arrows. The election, which foreign and local observers say was rigged, returned President Mwai Kibaki to power for a second five-year term.

JERUSALEM

Hamas rocket injures Israeli girls

Hamas militants fired a rocket into an Israeli border village, slightly wounding two sisters, 12 and 2, as they played outside their home. The attack followed Israeli airstrikes against Gaza militants and threats of an "all-front" war on the Islamic group. The rapid-fire events threatened to escalate into large scale combat that could bury U.S.-led Mideast peace efforts.

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany

Nazi graffiti found at deadly fire site

Neo-Nazi graffiti were found scrawled on the entrance to a Turkish cultural center at a building where nine people - including five children - were killed Sunday in a fire, police said Wednesday. "Hass," the German word for hate, was written twice on the wall, with the final two letters written in the Nazi "SS" rune script, police spokesman Michael Lindner said.

ROME

Parliament is dissolved

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano dissolved Parliament Wednesday, paving the way for snap elections, in an attempt to end a political crisis that has paralyzed the legislature. Italy's Cabinet decided at an emergency meeting to call a general election for April 13-14. The crisis was sparked by center-left Prime Minister Romano Prodi's resignation almost two weeks ago, after he lost a confidence vote in the Senate.

QUITO, Ecuador

Thousands flee ahead of eruption

Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano shot columns of ash miles into the air on Wednesday, as officials ordered the evacuation of 3,000 villagers living near its slopes. The Geophysics Institute warns the activity shows no sign of slowing.

TORONTO

Canada considers tough terror law

Canada's lower house Wednesday passed a revised antiterrorism law allowing the government to detain foreign terror suspects indefinitely without disclosing evidence against them. Canada's Supreme Court struck down the previous law last year, finding that it violates Canada's bill of rights. It said the noncitizen suspects should have a right to respond to any evidence used against them.

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