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U.S. urges North Korea to refrain from new nuclear test

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it was watching the Korean peninsula closely after reports that North Korea may be planning another nuclear test and it urged Pyongyang not to take any step that would threaten regional peace. South Korean news reports quoted the South Korean government as saying on Tuesday that heightened activity had been detected at North Korea's underground nuclear test site, indicating possible preparations for another atomic test.

U.S. notes possibility of N. Korean nuke test any time

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 22 (Yonhap) -- While South Korea's military made public some sensitive intelligence on North Korea's activity at its nuclear test site, the U.S. government maintained a cautious approach, at least outwardly. Speaking formally to reporters, U.S. officials did not rule out the possibility of another nuclear test by the unpredictable communist regime. But they would not reveal specific information.

Syria chemical disarmament gathers pace as new claims emerge

The chemical weapons watchdog said Tuesday that Syria has handed over 86.5 percent of its arsenal as new claims emerged of an attack on a rebel bastion this month using an industrial chemical. Under the terms of a US- and Russian-brokered deal which averted the threat of US military action last year, Syria faces a June 30 deadline to destroy its chemical stockpiles.

South Korea says North may be close to nuclear test

North Korea could well be preparing to carry out a fourth nuclear test, South Korea said Tuesday, citing increased activity at its main test site, just days ahead of a visit to Seoul by US President Barack Obama. "Our military is currently detecting a lot of activity in and around the Punggye-ri nuclear test site," defence ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok told a press briefing. Kim stressed that North Korea's nuclear weapons programme was at a stage where it could conduct a test "at any moment".

South Korea says North may be close to nuclear test

North Korea could well be preparing to carry out a fourth nuclear test, South Korea said Tuesday, citing increased activity at its main test site, just days ahead of a visit to Seoul by US President Barack Obama. "Our military is currently detecting a lot of activity in and around the Punggye-ri nuclear test site," defence ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok told a press briefing. Kim stressed that North Korea's nuclear weapons programme was at a stage where it could conduct a test "at any moment".

Correction: Biofuels-Global Warming story

WASHINGTON - In a story April 20 about new research showing biofuels made with corn leftovers are worse for global warming than gasoline in the short term, The Associated Press erroneously reported that cellulosic biofuels that failed to release 60 per cent less carbon than gasoline wouldn't earn a $1 per gallon subsidy. That tax subsidy expired on Dec. 31, 2013. A corrected version of the story is below: Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas Research casts doubt on global warming benefits of biofuels made with cornfield waste By DINA CAPPIELLO

Jimmy Carter urges US, China leadership on climate

Former US president Jimmy Carter on Tuesday urged his country and China, two of the world's biggest fossil fuel polluters, to take the lead on halting climate change. If the two economic and political giants could agree on a way forward, the rest of the world would likely follow their lead, the statesman told AFP on the sidelines of a climate change discussion with students at the Paris Institute of Political Science.

Jimmy Carter urges US, China leadership on climate

Former US president Jimmy Carter on Tuesday urged his country and China, two of the world's biggest fossil fuel polluters, to take the lead on halting climate change. If the two economic and political giants could agree on a way forward, the rest of the world would likely follow their lead, the statesman told AFP on the sidelines of a climate change discussion with students at the Paris Institute of Political Science.

U.S. notes possibility of N. Korean nuke test any time

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 22 (Yonhap) -- While South Korea's military made public some sensitive intelligence on North Korea's activity at its nuclear test site, the U.S. government maintained a cautious approach, at least outwardly. Speaking formally to reporters, U.S. officials did not rule out the possibility of another nuclear test by the unpredictable communist regime. But they would not reveal specific information.

US 'closely monitoring' N.Korea for feared nuclear test

The United States said Tuesday it was watching North Korea "very closely" following South Korean warnings that Pyongyang may be preparing a fourth nuclear test ahead of a visit to Seoul by President Barack Obama. "North Korea has a history of taking provocative action and we are always mindful of the possibility that such an action could be taken," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One as Obama departed for his week-long trip to Asia.
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