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> SOUTH KOREA

North Koreans rally on war anniversary

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Tens of thousands of North Koreans rallied in their capital Friday to condemn the United States and South Korea on the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, while Seoul told Pyongyang to admit responsibility for a deadly warship sinking. One poster at the rally in Pyongyang depicted a man kicking an American soldier and the slogan "U.S. Army, Get Out."

At least 120,000 people marched through the streets, "raising shouts for hatred and wrath at the U.S. imperialists and the South Korean group of traitors kowtowing to them."

In Seoul, South Korea held a ceremony to remember the war, widely known as " 6/2 5" for the date it began.

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> BELGIUM

Suffix of .xxx weighed for Internet porn sites

BRUSSELS -- The agency that controls Internet addresses, said Friday it will consider adding the .xxx suffix for pornography to the list that people and companies can pick for their online identities.

The decision paves the way for final approval to launch .xxx as an online red light district, alongside suffixes such as .com and .org, in as soon as six months, ending a decade-long battle.

The agency, ICANN, had already rejected the application from U.S. company ICM Registry LLC, three times since 2000 -- partly under pressure from Christian groups and governments unhappy with the spread of online porn, ICM's chief executive, Stuart Lawley, said.

"People who want to find it know where it is, and people who don't see it or want to keep it away from their kids can use mechanisms to do so," Lawley said.

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> GEORGIA

Stalin statue torn down in his birthplace

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) -- Authorities in Georgia on Friday tore down a monument to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in his birthplace of Gori to make way for a memorial to the fallen in the Russian-Georgian war of 2008.

Officials say the overnight dismantlement of the towering bronze statue, approved last week by the city's parliament, was spurred by the appeals of a younger generation who have embraced Western ideals of freedom. "A memorial to Stalin has no place in the Georgia of the 21st Century," President Mikheil Saakashvili said in televised comments. Zviad Khmaladze, chairman of the local legislature, told the Associated Press the monument will be relocated to the town's Josef Stalin Museum.

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