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In world news ...
• US concerns over last year's questionable municipal elections in Nicaragua could become policy. Tim Rogers reports that US officials are considering canceling $64 million in development aid as punishment for Daniel Ortega's governance practices.
• Just as George Mitchell is arriving in Israel today, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's own interior minister is working on expanding settlements. Ilene Prusher looks at whether Netanyahu will be able to exert control over his own government.
• Jane Arraf reports that a major insurgent figure has been released by the US to the Iraqis, possibly paving the way for five kidnapped British to be released a year after their capture.
In US news ...