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North Korean officials reopened the border crossing to South Korea Monday, allowing hundreds of stranded industrial park employees to return home. But the gesture was one way only; South Koreans who work at the complex were not permitted to report to their jobs in the North. In a response that analysts said likely would add to tensions on the peninsula, South Korea's Unification Ministry said all costs of the blockade, especially in lost production, must be borne by the North.Skip to next paragraph
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All international aid organization must leave Sudan "within a year," President Omar al-Bashir told his security forces Monday. Analysts saw the order as further defiance against the warrant for his arrest issued by the UN's International Criminal Court. Bashir, who already has expelled 13 aid groups, said those wishing to continue providing help "can just leave it at the airport and [we'll] distribute it." In the meantime, aid organizations still in Sudan must respect its sovereignty "or pay the price," he said.
Opposition leader Andry Rajoelina rejected the offer by Madagascar's president of a referendum to settle their power struggle and called on security forces to arrest his rival. Rajoelina said the only solution to the dispute is for President Marc Ravalomanana to resign. Explosions and gunfire were heard outside the presidential palace Monday, but the military denied responsibility and there were no signs that it had yet to take sides.
Hundreds of news organizations from around the world converged on St. Poelten, Austria, for the highly anticipated trial of Josef Fritzl, the retiree accused of imprisoning his own daughter and fathering her seven children. Fritzl, who hid behind a folder for much of the opening session, admitted guilt on charges of rape and incest but denied he'd murdered one infant by refusing him medical attention. If convicted, Fritzl could be sentenced to life in prison.