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South Korea Conducts Additional Military Drills

South Korea is carrying out more military exercises on land and sea this week. While officials call the training routine it could raise already high tensions with North Korea.

South Korea's navy Wednesday began a three-day exercise in waters off the country's east coast, about 100 kilometers south of the maritime border.

The chief military research fellow at South Korea's Institute for Defense Analyses, Park Chang-kwon, says the drill demonstrates a readiness posture to the South Korean public, as well to North Korea's military leadership.

4 Kenyan Lawmakers Suspected of Drug Trafficking

A top security official in Kenya says four members of parliament are suspected of drug trafficking.

Internal Security Minister George Saitoti named the suspects during a parliament session on Wednesday. The suspects are lawmakers Hassan Joho, William Kabogo, Gideon Mbuvi and Harun Mwau.

The minister said police are investigating the four lawmakers as part of a drug probe that began earlier this month. He said a businessman, Ali Punjani, also is being investigated.

The investigation began after the U.S. Embassy forwarded a list of suspects to Kenya's anti-corruption agency.

U.S. Denies Reports of Planned Pakistan Raids

NATO officials are strongly denying a report they plan expand special forces raids into Pakistan's tribal areas.

U.S. Rear Admiral Gregory Smith, a senior official with the NATO-led forces in Afghanistan (ISAF), said there was no truth to the report. He spoke Tuesday in response to a story in The New York Times newspaper that said senior U.S. military officials want to expand special forces operations into Pakistan's northwest tribal areas along the Afghan border.

South Korea Concludes Artillery Drill

South Koreans are anxiously waiting to see if North Korea will make good on its threat to take military action in response to an artillery drill on Yeonpyeong island. The exercise came just hours after an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council failed to ease tensions, and after an American politician said North Korea is willing to accept nuclear inspections.

South Korea defied diplomatic pressure and went ahead Monday with firing artillery into the Yellow Sea for 94 minutes, escalating its confrontation with the communist North.

Zimbabwe Politics Grows More Volatile During 2010

Zimbabwe's appears to be in for more political turmoil with talk of fresh elections earlier this month at the conference of President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF Party. Most Zimbabweans indicate they do not want elections next year because they may interfere with the political stability and economic progress made since the unity government came to power nearly two years ago.

Zimbabwe’s President Threatens to Nationalize US, British Companies

Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, says that unless Western economic sanctions against Zimbabwe are lifted, he will nationalize all U.S. and British companies in the country.

President Mugabe made the comments Friday at a conference of his ruling ZANU-PF party.

Under empowerment laws, black Zimbabweans are slated to acquire 51 percent of businesses with assets of $500,000 or more. But Mr. Mugabe warned that could be changed to 100 percent if sanctions persist.

N. Korea Says Live-Fire Drill Will Prompt Another Attack

North Korea has issued a fresh threat to retaliate if South Korea goes ahead with its latest planned artillery exercise in the Yellow Sea.

Pyongyang's official news agency quotes the military as saying "second and third self-defensive blows that cannot be predicted will be dealt" if South Korea holds a live-fire drill on Yeonpyeong island.

South Korea says that between Saturday and Tuesday, depending on weather and other conditions, it will hold an artillery drill on the island.

Ivory Coast Protests Turn Deadly

Street protests in Ivory Coast against incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo have turned violent with at least four dead. Witnesses said heavy artillery fire has been heard near the base of president-elect Alassane Ouattara, who called for the street demonstrations.

The situation erupted Thursday in Abidjan as demonstrators prepared to march with the government of internationally-endorsed presidential election winner Ouattara to the state television headquarters to install a new station director.

South Korea Plans Live Firing Drill from Attacked Island

In a move likely to further escalate tension on the Korean peninsula, Seoul's military says it will resume live-firing artillery drills from an island North Korea attacked last month.

South Korea's military Thursday said artillery training will resume from Yeonpyeong island, possibly as soon as Saturday.

Spokesman Colonel Lee Boong-wu calls the exercise routine and legitimate. He says it is meant to bolster the defenses of the country's northwestern islands, which sit below the maritime border, the Northern Limit Line.