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Reuters World News Highlights 2220 GMT March 7

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SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS - North Korea threatened the United States on Thursday with a preemptive nuclear strike, raising the level of rhetoric just before the U.N. Security Council approved new sanctions against the reclusive country.

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WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama expanded his fledgling search for Republican allies on a possible deficit-reduction bargain when he hosted lunch on Thursday for Paul Ryan, one of the House of Representatives' leading fiscal conservatives.

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CARACAS - Saluting, clenching fists and making the Roman Catholic sign of the cross over Hugo Chavez's casket, Venezuelans crowded on Thursday to see their deceased leader one last time and pledge that his socialist revolution will not die.

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BEIRUT - Rebels holding 21 U.N. peacekeepers near the Golan Heights in southern Syria say government forces must stop their bombardment and leave the area before their "guests" can be freed, a rebel activist said.

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NAIROBI - Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga's campaign team said some of the results of Sunday's election had been doctored and called for the vote count to be halted, remarks that could inflame a largely peaceful poll.

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed John Brennan as the Obama administration's next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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BRASILIA - Brazil's Congress overturned a presidential veto on parts of an oil royalty bill on Thursday, setting up a prolonged legal battle with producer states and prompting oil-rich Rio de Janeiro to order the suspension of payments on the state's obligations in protest.

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MOSCOW - A dancer accused of organising an attack that nearly blinded the Bolshoi Ballet's artistic director admitted on Thursday he had wanted him beaten up, but said he was shocked when he heard that his face had been splashed with acid.

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MILAN - An Italian court sentenced ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday to one year in jail over the publication by his family's newspaper of a transcript of a leaked wiretap connected to a banking scandal in 2006.

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OFER PRISON - In a sprawling Israeli prison, Palestinian activist Hassan Karajeh sat through a hurried court hearing in a language he didn't understand under the authority of a military occupation he and his people reject.

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FELDA SAHABAT, Malaysia - Malaysian security forces said they killed 31 Filipino militants in overnight clashes in eastern Sabah state as Prime Minister Najib Razak rejected a ceasefire offer from the armed group staking an ancient claim to the resource-rich region.

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OSLO - Canadian glaciers that are the world's third biggest store of ice after Antarctica and Greenland seem headed for an irreversible melt that will push up sea levels, scientists said on Thursday.

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