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South Korea Stages Air Raid Drill

South Korea has staged its largest-ever air raid drill. The 15-minute nationwide exercise took place Wednesday afternoon, amid a period of heightened tensions with North Korea.

An air raid siren sounding near Namsan Mountain in central Seoul, that was the signal, along with a notification aired nationwide by radio stations, for the 48 million people of South Korea to stop whatever they were doing.

WikiLeaks Founder Assange Granted Bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted bail by a British court. The bail was set at $315,000 (200,000 British Pounds).

The BBC Tuesday reported that Assange, as part of his bail conditions, is to wear an electronic bracelet and will be subject to a curfew.

Assange was being held since last week in a British jail on a warrant from Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning on allegations of rape. He denies the allegations.

Reports Suggest Additonal N. Korea Nuclear Facilities

South Korea says it is looking into reports there may be additional uranium enrichment facilities in North Korea, in addition to its main nuclear complex at Yongbyon.

South Korea's foreign minister says the government is well aware of the possibility that North Korea has additional uranium reprocessing facilities.

Kim Sung-hwan on Tuesday said there are intelligence reports about this but he would not go into specifics.

The foreign minister says he suspects that what experts have said about North Korea having other enrichment sites is correct.

Kidnappings, Riots in Southern Yemen

Officials in southern Yemen say gunmen kidnapped six soldiers in two separate incidents Saturday and Sunday after a court sentenced a man to death for twin bombings that killed three people in October.

The sentencing also sparked protests in the southern town of Dalea, where hundreds took to the streets and blocked traffic.

The court sentenced Faris Abdullah Saleh to death Saturday for his role in the bombing of a sports club in Aden. The attack was blamed on the Southern Movement, which is fighting for independence and increased autonomy for the south.

Sudan Ruling Party Official Hails Oil Agreement with SPLM

A senior member of Sudan’s governing National Congress Party (NCP) has told VOA an agreement with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) over outstanding “oil issues” ahead of the next month’s referendum shows his party’s commitment towards the full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

Rabie Abdelati Obeid said the agreement is also an indication that a solution could soon be found to resolve disputes surrounding the oil-rich Abyei region.

Croatia Issue Arrest Warrant for Former Prime Minster

Croatia has issued an international arrest warrant for former prime minister Ivo Sanader on corruption charges.

The Interior Ministry said Friday, Mr. Sanader left for Slovenia just before his immunity from prosecution expired.

An attorney claiming Mr. Sanader contacted him says he plans to return in three to four days after his planned business trip.

The government said Mr. Sanader is wanted for allegedly taking part in a criminal activity and abuse of power for personal financial gain.

A judge has already ordered Mr. Sanader to serve one month in jail.

WikiLeaks Supporters Step Up Cyber Attacks

A group supporting the WikiLeaks website has vowed to step up what it is calling its "data war" against groups that have cut funding for the website.

In interviews Thursday, spokesmen for the group, calling itself "Anonymous," vowed to intensify attacks in defense of the website and its founder, Julian Assange, whom the group views as a martyr for free speech.

The group claims it has recruited volunteers through online social networks to help them with the attacks.

Thailand Makes Little Progress on Efforts to Reconcile After Political Violence

Efforts in Thailand to promote reconciliation have continued months after the military ended anti-government protests. The opposition movement, known as the Red Shirts, is preparing for the general elections next year, despite divisions among its members.

Central Bangkok's Rajaprasong commercial district, the scene of bitter anti-government protests this year, recently was transformed by a symphony performance.